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    Dr Chris O'Rourke


    Lincoln School of Film & Media
    College of Arts

    About Chris O'Rourke

    I am a historian of film, and I joined Lincoln in 2016 as Lecturer in Film and Television History. My research focuses on the history of cinema in Britain, especially during the early twentieth century. I am also interested in film exhibition, cinema-going, and representations of gender and sexuality in film, including histories of LGBTQ cinema. Before joining Lincoln, I studied at the University of Cambridge, and was a postdoctoral Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at University College London.

    My first book, Acting for the Silent Screen: Film Actors and Aspiration between the Wars, was published in 2017. I also developed the online resource London’s Silent Cinemas (, which includes essays and interactive maps about the history of film exhibition and cinema-going in London between 1906 and 1930. I am currently co-editing a book about representations of London on film, and researching representations of male cross-dressing in British cinema.

    Department Responsibilities

    I teach a number of modules in the Film and Television and History BA programmes, and I am a Personal Tutor for History students. I am also on the Working Group for the Media Archive for Central England (MACE).

    My office is in the MHT Building, Room MC2125.

    Subject Specialism

    British Cinema; Early and Silent Cinema; Film Exhibition; Gender and Sexuality; LGBTQ Film History


    • PhD — University of Cambridge, 2012
    • MPhil — University of Cambridge, 2007
    • BA (Hons) — University of Cambridge, 2005

    Professional Affiliations

    • Higher Education Academy — Fellow

    Research Interests

    Research Projects

    • Male Cross-Dressing on Stage and Screen: Gender, Sexuality and Performance in Britain, 1896-1939 — Awarded £450 by Society for Theatre Research in 2017
    • London’s Silent Cinemas — Awarded £750 by UCL Public Engagement Unit in 2015

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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