PhD student wins Entente Cordiale Award

PhD student wins Entente Cordiale Award

Michael Leonard pictured with supervisors Dr Des O'Rawe and Dr Dominique Jeannerod

A PhD candidate in Film Studies has received an Entente-Cordiale bursary from the French Embassy to undertake a three month research project in France.

Michael Leonard, who works under the supervision of Dr Des O’Rawe, School of Creative Arts, and Dr Dominique Jeannerod, School of Modern Languages, received the prestigious and highly competitive award which aims to promote Franco-British Academic Partnerships and support high profile international research. 

Michael is in the final year of Doctoral study analysing the work of the French post-nouvelle film-maker Philippe Garrel. The research project, to be undertaken in Paris, will form a chapter of his doctoral thesis and address the narrative period of Garrel’s cinema which he embarked on during the 1980s following the release of his film L’Enfant secret (1982).

The research will be carried out in Paris at the Forum des Images, the Bibliothèque de Film situated at the Cinémathèque Française and also at the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand. These centres contain vital filmographic and archival materials relating to Garrel’s work.  To assist him in his studies Michael will be supervised by the eminent film academic Professor Marc Vernet from the Université Diderot Paris VII.

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