Anna Koch

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics (London Metropolitan University), MSt Film Aesthetics (Kellogg College, University of Oxford), 4th Year DPhil Medieval & Modern Languages (Christ Church, University of Oxford)


My research interests lie in French and Czechoslovak New Wave cinema from the 1950s-1960s. I examine mainly the crossover of documentary filmmaking techniques into fiction filmmaking, particularly through the impact of cinéma vérité and direct cinema on the performances produced by the (non)actors in fiction films.

DPhil thesis (working title): Characters as Social Beings: Social Performativity in the French and Czech New Wave

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

My thesis seeks to put pressure on the naturalistic quality with which the French and Czech new wave are often credited, through an examination of the social effects that using documentary filmmaking techniques such as direct cinema and vérité can have on the (non)actors and their way of giving an improvised performance, in Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier, 1962), Masculin Féminin (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966), Black Peter (Miloš Forman, 1963), Intimate Lighting (Ivan Passer, 1965), La Collectionneuse (Éric Rohmer, 1967), and Ma Nuit Chez Maud (Éric Rohmer, 1969). The research is partially funded by the “Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds” (Netherlands).



  • Les Valseuses by Bertrand Blier for French XI: Introduction fo French Film Studies (Michaelmas 2014)

Seminar teacher:

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

  • Paper 12 European Cinema (Hilary 2014)

Tutorials for exchange students:

  • French New Wave (Hilary 2014, Michaelmas 2014)

  • European Cinema (Trinity 2015)

  • French and Czech New Wave (Hilary 2016)

Published work

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


Unpublished work

“Identity in a Consumer Society” — BA dissertation (2009)

“Cinema with a Human Face: Character expressiveness in the Czech New Wave” — MSt dissertation (2011)

“Party etiquette in Jan NÄmec’s The Party and the Guests” — Conference paper for “The Body in Eastern European and Russian Cinema Conference”, University of Greenwich, London (June 2013)

Miscellaneous academic work

Translation of a Bridge Essay’s Czech quotations and other uses of Czech into English for assessors (Trinity 2014)

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


Assistant Producer to Finola Dwyer on Brooklyn (2015) and Quartet (2012) and to Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits on Jane Eyre (2011)

Producer of two student plays: Les Bonnes in Michaelmas 2012 (directed by Christopher Adams (Oriel)) and The Merchant of Venice on the Worcester College Lake in Trinity 2013 (directed by Lucinda Dawkins (Yale))

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