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Dr David Sorfa is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Programme Director of the MSc and PhD in Film Studies. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Film-Philosophy.

Dr Sorfa is currently the Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

He has written on Michael Haneke, Czech film, surrealism, belief in cinema and the philosophical implications of point-of-view. He has particular interests in film-philosophy, Existentialism, phenomenology, the work of Jacques Derrida and the presentation of thought and thinking in cinema.

He was previously Head of Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.


Administrative Roles

  • 2020 - present: Director of Postgraduate Research, LLC
  • 2019 - present: Member of the Edinburgh University Press Committee 
  • 2013 - present: Programme Director of the MSc & PhD Film Studies, University of Edinburgh

External Examiner

  • 2018 - 2020: MLitt Film Studies, University of Dundee
  • 2016 - 2020: MA Film Studies, King's College London
  • 2016 - 2020: BA Film Studies, University of Dundee
  • 2010 - 2014: BA Film, Falmouth University
  • 2010 - 2014: BA Film, University of the West of England, Bristol
  • 2008 - 2012: MA Screening Europe, University of Swansea

Education/Academic qualification

English Literature, Bachelor of Arts, University of Cape Town

Literary Studies, Master of Arts, University of Cape Town

Film Theory, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Kent

External positions

Board Trustee, Africa in Motion Film Festival


Editor-in-Chief, Film-Philosophy Journal

2006 → …

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Liverpool John Moores University



  • PN1993 Motion Pictures
  • Film Theory
  • Film-Philosophy
  • European Cinema
  • Czech Cinema
  • PR English literature
  • Film Adaptation
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Film-Philosophy
  • Post-Structuralism
  • Phenomenology
  • Existentialism
  • BF Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis


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