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Emilija completed her undergraduate studies in French and Russian before going on to do an MPhil in Screen Media & Cultures, both at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research explored noise and auditory experience in contemporary European art cinema. Her project brings to the fore shifts in sensory connections, from viewing to listening, evident in contemporary film practice, and demonstrates how noise has been used by filmmakers to reflect on the political and social meanings that attach to different bodies.

Emilija is now Lecturer in Film Theory at the University of Brighton:  and can be contacted at

Other academic interests 

Film Theory

Sound Studies

Contemporary French Thought

Literary and Cultural Theory

19th and 20th Century French Literature




Key publications: 

‘What utopia would feel like’: Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark’, Screen, Volume 58, Issue 3, 1 September 2017, Pages 332–348,

'Les Petits Bruits': Little Noises and Lower Volumes in Catherine Breillat's Romance (1999) and Anatomie de l'enfer (2004)', Studies in French Cinema, Vol 18, Issue 4, Published online 20th September 2017, Pages 310-325,

'Sonic sociabilities and stranger relations in Arnaud des Pallières' Adieu (2004)', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Special Issue on Refugee Filmmaking, Winter 2019 (forthcoming)

Department: French
Supervisor: Professor Emma Wilson
College: Trinity Hall
AHRC Subject Area: Film History, Theory and Criticism
Title of Thesis: An Extreme Ear to the World: Noise in Contemporary European Cinema
Dr Emilija  Talijan