Dan Williams

Film Studies Lecturer

Dan contributes to our website relating our pictures to ideas in Philosophy and Film Studies. Dan grew up in London and then Mid-Wales before going to Sussex University and the University of East Anglia studying Philosophy and Film Studies.

He is now an experienced lecturer who has worked in higher, further and adult education, teaching mainly academic film studies. He has worked at a range of different colleges and universities including City University’s Department of Continuing Education and Brunel University.

His PhD was published by Palgrave Macmillan, titled Klein, Sartre and Imagination in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (2015). He has also written two books for York Film Notes on Citizen Kane (2000) and North by Northwest (2001).

He is very interested in thinking about cinema from different perspectives including the point of view of the audience, the critic and the film-maker. He wants to explore with students ideas from Film Studies and Philosophy. His book on Ingmar Bergman is quite specialized, but his interests in cinema are much broader including Hollywood and world cinema.

For the academic year 2019/20 Dan will be teaching various courses in adult education that include Exploring Film Genres, and Philosophy Behind the Headlines. The first course is for everyone with an interest in cinema who would like to study the subject in greater depth. The second course involves discussing current affairs in relation to key texts of philosophy.