UCL Anthropology


Dr Mark Le Fanu

Mark Le Fanu
Email: lefanumark@hotmail.com

Mark Le Fanu currently teaches ANTH0135 in the autumn term at UCL: History & Aesthetics of Documentary. (This MA level course used to be called “Documentary Film and the Ethnographic Eye”).  In the spring term he teaches ANTH0078 An Introduction to World Cinema for BASC students.

Mark taught in the English faculty at Cambridge for a number of years before moving to Denmark in 1993 to teach at the newly-founded European Film College, where for a decade and a half he was director of studies in film history. Before returning to England in 2010 Mark was reserve lecturer at Aarhus University in the departments of English and of Film Studies. 

Specialist topics, besides documentary film, include silent cinema, and the national cinemas of Russia and Japan, about which he has written extensively. In 1987 he wrote the first English-language study of Andrei Tarkovsky (The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, BFI Books). His appraisal of Kenji Mizoguchi - Mizoguchi and Japan (BFI books, 2005) - was nominated for the Kraszna-Krausz book prize, awarded bi-annually for the Moving Image Book of the Year. More recently he has written about cinema and religion (Believing in Film: Christianity and Classic European Cinema, I.B.Tauris, 2018).  Mark's film essays appear regularly in Sight & Sound and Positif, and in the East-West Review.