Dr Zhaoyu Zhu

Teaching Fellow in Communications & Cultural Studies

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Zhaoyu Zhu’s research is looking at Chinese film and media. His main expertise is the history of film technology in China. His PhD thesis studies the global technology transfer behind the use of film technology in Maoist China. From 2017 to 2020, he collaborated with Dr. Kirsty Dootson Sinclair (Lecturer of Film Studies, University of St. Andrews) on a project regarding the transnational technology transfer of Technicolor in the UK and China. This research was published on the leading film journal Screen and awarded the debut Screen Biannual Award in 2021 and Society for Cinema and Media Studies Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award in 2022. 

In addition to his academic works, he has gained professional connections with Chinese film industries, film festivals, film-related media. As a reporter, he has written about Shanghai International Film Festival and FIRST International Film Festival Xining for the Australian journal Senses of Cinema. He also interviewed the director of the London East Asia Film Festival and published a report on the UK-Chinese Times (英中时报). In 2020, he worked as a young film critic jury member for the Cinemasia Film Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Now, in Ningbo, he regularly curates film screenings with director Q&A for Ningbo's cinephile community. 

For UNNC students, I am now the Career Officer of School of International Communications. If you have any question about your career or postgraduate study, feel free to drop me an email:)


University of Nottingham Ningbo China:

  • Documentary and Reality (INCM3047) 
  • Media and Society (INCM1031) 
  • Communication and Culture (INCM1030) 
  • Cultures of Everyday Life (INCM1033) 
  • Communication and Technology (INCM1032)

     NAA Programs: Digital Media Production; Microfilm Screenwriting; Short Film Production

King’s College London:

  • Chinese Cinemas 01/2020-05/2020
  • Intro to Film Studies: Contexts 01/2019-05/2019
  • Intro to Film Studies: Texts 09/2018-12/2018

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Expertise Summary

Following his PhD research on film technologies in the Mao era, he is now completing his first monograph titled Mao's Cinematic Machinery: Film Technology in Socialist China, 1949-1979 in contract with Amsterdam University Press. He also joins in the global project Film Atlas (under the supervision of James Layton, manager of the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center at Museum of Modern Art) to complete an online encyclopedia to document the history of film as a physical medium.

In addition, he writes about Chinese film festivals and Chinese new arthouse films.  

Research Interest

Film History

Chinese Cinemas

Film Business/Film Festival

Chinese Popular Culture/Youth Culture

Media Representation

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Film Studies Research, King's College London

1 Oct 20171 Mar 2022

Award Date: 1 Mar 2022


  • Theatre Studies and Film Studies

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