Gemma Edney



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Film Studies
Department: English and Film Studies

I began studying at Exeter as an undergraduate in English and French in 2009, before moving on to an MA in English Literary Studies (Film Studies Pathway), and now finally a PhD in Film.

My research interests lie predominantly in the fields of film sound studies and girlhood studies, more specifically how these two areas overlap. I am particularly interested in the ways in which film music and sound are able to elicit spectator responses and subsequently interact with character identity and audience subjectivity in film. My PhD project examines the use of music in contemporary girlhood films. I focus on the recent wave of young women filmmakers in France such as Mia Hansen-Løve, Céline Sciamma, and Katell Quillévéré, exploring how these films use music, and how this music then interacts with the representation of the girlhood characters on screen.

Outside of my academic interests, I am also a keen musician (and occasional conductor), and enjoy baking, the theatre, reading, and the odd fantasy-action movie. 

I can be found on Academia or Twitter, and also have a blog on which I post various musings regarding my research and other areas of academia.