Dr. Anna Koch

Dr. Anna Koch, D.Phil. (Oxf.)

D.Phil. Modern Languages (Christ Church, University of Oxford, 2017). Thesis title: Characters as Social Beings: Social Performance in the French and Czechoslovak New Waves. Supervisor: Dr. Reidar Due. No corrections.

M.St. Film Aesthetics (Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 2011). Dissertation title: Cinema With a Human Face: Character Expressiveness in the Czech New Wave, MSt dissertation (2011). Supervisor: Dr. Reidar Due.

BA. Politics, Philosophy and Economics (London Metropolitan University, 2009). Dissertation title: Identity in a Consumer Society. 1st Class Honours.



My research interests lie in 1960s New Wave cinema, documentary film, and Erving Goffman’s writings on everyday life performativity. In my thesis (2017), I mainly examined the influence of cinéma vérité filmmaking techniques on the representation of social performance in French and Czechoslovak New Wave cinema. I am further interested in the lineage of film and TV that is concerned with authenticity in the representation of everyday life, from Kino Pravda to YouTube Vlogging.

D.Phil. thesis: Characters as Social Beings: Social Performance in the French and Czechoslovak New Waves

Supervisor: Dr. Reidar Due (Magdalen College, Oxford)

My D.Phil. thesis seeks to put pressure on the effect of authenticity with which the French and Czechoslovak New Waves are often credited, through an examination of the social effects that using cinéma vérité-inspired filmmaking techniques can have on the performances. I closely analyze the representation of social performance in Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier, 1962), Masculin Féminin (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966), Černy Petr (Miloš Forman, 1963), Intimní Osvětlení (Ivan Passer, 1965), La Collectionneuse (Éric Rohmer, 1967), and Ma Nuit Chez Maud (Éric Rohmer, 1969). The research was partially funded by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (Netherlands).



  • ‘YouTube Vlogging: recording real and fake memory’ for CINE1009 Film & Memory (University of Greenwich, March 2018)

  • ‘Les Valseuses by Bertrand Blier’ for French XI: Introduction fo French Film Studies (University of Oxford, Michaelmas 2014)


  • French XI: Introduction to French Film Studies (University of Oxford, Michaelmas 2013, 2014, and 2015)

  • Paper 12 European Cinema (University of Oxford, Hilary 2014)

Exchange students tutorials:

  • French New Wave (University of Oxford, Hilary 2014, Michaelmas 2014), 8 weeks

  • European Cinema (University of Oxford, Trinity 2015), 8 weeks

  • French and Czech New Wave (University of Oxford, Hilary 2016) 8 weeks


Anna Koch (2016): Declassified: Vanguard Czechoslovak Army Film, Studies in Eastern European Cinema, DOI: 10.1080/2040350X.2016.1116196



Awards and Grants

  • January 2016: Fiedler Memorial Fund Travel Grant for archival research in France

  • October 2013: Christ Church Travel Grant to attend the UCLA French and Francophone Studies Graduate Student Conference

  • June 2013: Prins Bernhard Fellowship, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Netherlands

  • November 2009: Norman Alfred Thacker Prize, London Metropolitan University

  • November 2009: Top 50 Student Certificate, London Metropolitan University

  • May 2009: Eva Colorni Memorial Trust Bursary, London Metropolitan University

  • June 2006: Jeannine Manuel Award for Excellent International & Academic Spirit, Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel, Paris


  • October 2013: Representation of Rememberance, 18th Annual French and Francophone Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Los Angeles. Presentation title: Fantasized Memorials in Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad.

  • June 2013: The Body in Eastern European and Russian Cinema Conference, University of Greenwich, London. Presentation title: Party Etiquette in Jan Nemec’s The Party and the Guests

Miscellaneous academic work

Czech to English Translation of quotations and other uses in Bridge Essay for Assessment (Trinity 2014)

FHS Assessor of Extended Essay on French cinema (Trinity 2015)


Producer’s assistant on Detective Pikachu (2019), Brooklyn (2015), Quartet (2012) and Jane Eyre (2011)

Producer of student plays The Merchant of Venice on the Worcester College Lake in Trinity 2013 (dir. Lucinda Dawkins) and Les Bonnes in Michaelmas 2012 (dir. Christopher Adams)

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