Toby Ashworth, a doctoral student in Film and Screen Studies at Cambridge, has been shortlisted by the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) for the best published essay by a doctoral student in 2023.

Toby’s shortlisted essay, ‘Tectonic Memories: Film, Geology and Archives in Diana Vidrașcu’s Volcano: What Does a Lake Dream? (2019)’, explores ‘the recording by documentary film of the imperceptible longue-durée of tectonic processes alongside the radical eventhood of volcanic eruption.’

Toby has been shortlisted alongside other colleagues and students with links to Cambridge Film and Screen: Kirsty Sinclair Dootson (shortlisted for best first monograph), Laurence Kent (shortlisted for best journal article) and Julie Jaresova (shortlisted for best essay by an undergraduate or Masters student).

Congratulations to all!


The article, published in Studies in World Cinema, can be found here:

There are further details about Toby’s research here:

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