Jacob Leigh

Jacob Leigh


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Personal profile

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OFFICE: Arts Building, G5. For appointments, please email me on the above address.


My research interests are in the following areas: film interpretation, film style, film storytelling and film aesthetics. I wrote my PhD and first book on realism and politics in Ken Loach’s films and since then I have written an essay about Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line, and several essays and a book on Eric Rohmer’s films. I have recently finished a book on Claude Chabrol’s late work. I am currently researching a book on contemporary directors. 


I teach the work of a wide range of filmmakers, including Howard Hawks, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, F.W. Murnau, John Ford, Max Ophuls, Carl Dreyer, Yasujiro Ozu and Roberto Rossellini. I currently teach the following courses: Film Style and Interpretation; Film Theory: Hitchcock and Point of View; Hollywood Star Performances; Critical Theory and Textual Analysis. I have also taught a course on Documentary.


Courses Taught

MA3080/1 Film Style and Interpretation

MA2057 Film Theory: Hitchcock and Point of View

MA2061 Hollywood Star Performances

MA1052 Critical Theory and Textual Analysis.


Research Interests

Film aesthetics, film style, film narrative, interpretation, evaluation, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, Terrence Malick, Yasujiro Ozu.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, Film style, film storytelling, interpretation and evaluation.