Film Theory and Criticism

Gareth Jones has a lifelong relationship with Cambridge University and his academic commitment continues.

Graduating from St John’s, Cambridge in 1973 with 1st Class Hons in Modern & Medieval Languages, he returned to his old department of German & Dutch in 2006 to undertake a Ph.D. in Holocaust Film viewed through the optic of Freudian trauma theory.  His thesis Rites of Recuperation also calls on his eight years’ experience of Balkan cinema, gained as a script consultant to Sarajevo Film Festival’s Cinelink programme, to provide a secondary corpus.

Having lectured and consulted for many years at film academies and institutions around the world, he has drafted, with his partner Fiona Howe, a manual of film dramaturgy Raising Cain (see link below.)

Rites of Recuperation – Film and the Holocaust in Germany and the Balkans

The Holocaust has been described as a unique, unrepeatable event. While testing this claim on the filmic output of Germany in the post-war years, Gareth Jones’s thesis exposes it to further scrutiny through films of more recent genocide in a region which also suffered from the Holocaust, namely the Balkans.

Length: 208 pages
Genre: Doctoral thesis
Author: Gareth Jones
Publication Details: University of Cambridge, 2011

Rites of Recuperation – to read click here


Screenwriting in Multilingual Europe

Keynote address on the future of language diversity in European Cinema, given by Gareth Jones on behalf of The European Commission, as part of the Languages through Lenses Screenings and Workshop
Prix Europa, Berlin, 19th October 2008.

Length: 12 pages
Genre:  Lecture
Author: Gareth Jones
Publication Details: Scenario Films © 2008-18

Screenwriting in Multilingual Europe – to read click here


Raising Cain:  The Art of Script Development

A manual for script consultants, script editors, directors, producers… and writers.

Length: 38 pages
Genre:   Book/manual
Author: Gareth Jones & Fiona Howe
Publication Details: Scenario Films © 2002-18

Raising Cain: The Art of Script Development – to read click here


Future Imperfect – Some Onward Perspectives on Migrant and Diasporic Film

Length: 18 pages
Genre: Concluding Chapter
Author: Gareth Jones
Publication Details: European Cinema in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Film in Contemporary Europe, ed. Daniela Berghahn and Claudia Sternberg (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 275-292.

Future Imperfect – to read click here


An Inner Exodus: The Many Diasporas of Balkan Cinema

Length: 5 pages
Genre: Article
Author: Gareth Jones
Publication Details: Cineaste, Vol. XXX11, No. 3 (Summer 2007), Balkan Supplement, ed. Dina Iordanova.

An Inner Exodus – to read click here


The Cinema of the Balkans

Length: 2 pages
Genre: Review
Author: Gareth Jones
Publication Details: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 27, Issue 2 (June 2007), pp. 299-301.

Cinema of the Balkans – to read click here


Sarajevo – Trauma Revisited

Length: 11 pages
Genre: Conference paper/Article
Author: Gareth Jones
Publication Details: in the proceedings of Beyond Camps and Forced Labour – Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution (London, 11th-13th January 2006), ed. Johannes-Dieter Steinert and Inge Weber-Newth (Osnabrück: Secolo, 2007), pp. 759-770.

Sarajevo – Trauma Revisited – to read click here


The Optimists

Length: 5 pages
Genre: Article/Review
Author: Gareth Jones
Publication Details: Kinokultura, 22 November 2006, ed. Dina Iordanova,

The Optimists – to read click here