The Cinematologists

The Cinematologists is a podcast and film club that brings fans, filmmakers, critics and academics together to watch, discuss and engage with cinema of all forms, genres and eras. 

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Project details

Project lead Professor Neil Fox
Centre alignment Centre for Heritage, Culture & Society
Start date 2015
End date Ongoing
Project website

Since 2015, The Cinematologists has forged a unique space in the film podcasting landscape. Described as “consistently one of the finest film podcasts around” by Sight and Sound, the show, founded and hosted by Dr. Dario Llinares and Prof. Neil Fox, has developed partnerships with BFI, MUBI and others, through its singular blend of academic, critic, fan and practitioner discussion of cinema culture, history and industry.  

Over 100 episodes and 17 seasons (as of spring 2023), the podcast has hosted conversations and talks by illustrious guests from all areas of film culture including filmmakers such as Peter Bogdanovich and Steve McQueen, critics such as B.Ruby Rich and Pamela Hutchinson, academics such as Richard Dyer and those who fall in between the cracks such as Mark Cousins and Laura Mulvey. 

The podcast’s form is as flexible as its critical tones. It started life as a live event screening show, with wrap-around contextual chat. Early screenings including Alex Cox’s Repo Man (1984), Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson (2008), Orson Welles’s The Trial (1962), Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003), Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy (2006) and Elaine May’s A New Leaf (1971). From there, there were invitations to screen and discuss films all over the country.  

The podcast has headed to UWE in Bristol for Dead of Night (1945) at the invitation of Auteur Publishing, Curzon Bloomsbury for Almodovar’s Broken Embraces (2009), HOME in Manchester for Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976) [with filmmaker Caroline Catz], The Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle for Plan 75 (2022) with the Dead Good Film Club. The podcast has collaborated with the BFI on several occasions; for their national seasons on Comedy and Musicals, for the 2022 edition of the Greatest Films of All Time poll, and for their extensive season dedicated to Akira Kurosawa, for which co-curator Asif Kapadia came on the show.  

Nowadays, the podcast is just as likely to be an in-depth, rigorously researched academic output such as Dario’s Demons of the Mind episode, produced as part of the AHRC funded project of the same name, as it is an intimate conversation between Neil and Dario about recent releases of note. The podcast remains deeply rooted in conversation, curiosity and criticality, seeking always to cultivate a space for what Dario has defines as the ‘audio-cinematic’ imagination. There have been articles for MUBI Notebook, festival coverage from Berlinale, London and Cannes, and the gamut of films under the spotlight from the experimental and underground; John Akomfrah’s The Nine Muses (2010), Scott Barley’s Sleep Has Her House (2017), to the mainstream of the mainstream; Speed (1994), Clueless (1995), and all points in between.  

Project team

The Cinematologists is presented by Professor Neil Fox and Dr Dario Llinares. Neil is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Film & Television at Falmouth University. Dario is a Principle Lecturer in Contemporary Screen Media at the University of Brighton.

Dr Neil Fox seated
Dr Neil Fox

Project lead - Professor Neil Fox

Professor Neil Fox's main professorial responsibility is as the research and strategy lead of the Sound/Image Cinema Lab. The Lab is a multifaceted production, resource and funding partner dedicated to the creation and education of independent cinema. In 2020 the Lab won an innovative pedagogy award at the University Industry Innovation Network where Prof. Fox was recognised as a trailblazer. In 2022 the Lab won the bronze award at the prestigious GS: Reimagine Education Awards, in the power of partnerships category. The Lab has been involved in feature films including Bait (Jenkin, 2018), Make Up (Oakley, 2019), Enys Men (Jenkin, 2022) and A Year In A Field (Morris, 2023). 

Staff profile


Partners of the Cinematologist research project have included:

  • BFI
  • MUBI
  • Curzon
  • ICA
  • Club Des Femmes
  • Auteur Publishing
  • Right Now Film Festival
  • Film-Philosophy 

The collaborators on this research project can be discovered below and also include:

  • Dr Felicity Gee
  • Dr Sabina Stent
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Dr Kingsley Marshall

Head of Film & Television

Dr Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film and Television at the CILECT and ScreenSkills accredited School...

Dr Kingsley Marshall

Mark Jenkin

Distinguished Professor of Film Practice at Falmouth University

Distinguished Professor of Film Practice Mark Jenkin is a filmmaker based in West Cornwall. He ha...

Mark Jenkin

Dr Laura Canning

Course Leader, BA(Hons) Film

Laura Canning is Course Leader BA(Hons) Film and currently teaches on core modules in...

Dr Laura Canning

Dr Verena Von Eicken


Verena von Eicken is a lecturer at the School of Film & Television. She was awarded her PhD in T...

Dr Verena Von Eicken

Dr Victoria Byard

Senior Lecturer in Television

Victoria Byard is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Film & Television. She received her BA in E...

Dr Victoria Byard

Outcomes & outputs

The podcast episodes are produced bi-monthly, usually focused around a cinema screening where Neil and Dario record an introduction to the film as well as the post-screening audience discussion. These 'live' sections are complimented with guest interviews featuring filmmakers, academics, actors and critics all of whom bring unique and fascinating insights to the specific films and questions of cinema culture.

Alongside recording the podcast, the project has been a vehicle for Neil and Dario to explore how podcasting can be used for academic research, which evolved in them publishing the first ever book on academic podcasting in 2018, leading them to being seen as the pioneers of podcast studies.

Plans for the future are to keep growing the podcast and establish more partnerships. In terms of podcasting itself, Neil and Dario want to continue exploring what academic podcasting is and set up a network of academic podcasters. They believe podcasting has the potential to make academia and knowledge sharing more accessible alongside curating different voices and giving them a platform where they can be heard.

Associated published research:

Impact & recognition

With more than 100 episodes, 20,000 followers, and fans including top film critic, Mark Kermode, The Cinematologists has become one of the best and critically-acclaimed film interview podcasts in the UK with corporate partners including the British Film Institute.


"A podcast and film club that bridges the gap between criticism, academia, film-making, and fandom. It's a terrifically welcome forum for informed film debate." 

- Mark Kermode, The Observer experts' experts, 2020

Project news

Dr Neil Fox seated
Dr Neil Fox

Mark Kermode Cites Falmouth Lecturer as Inspiration!

01 April 2020

Chief film critic for The Observer, Mark Kermode, has named The Cinematologists podcast as a key ins...

Mark Kermode Cites Falmouth Lecturer as Inspiration!
Film Academics Reunite

Film Academics Reunite for Special Screening

01 November 2018

Former Falmouth Lecturer and co-founder of Mark Kermode's favourite podcast, Dr Dario Llinares, visi...

Film Academics Reunite for Special Screening