Joshua graduated from King’s College London with an MA in Film Studies and Philosophy, taking modules in post-war Japanese film genres and the avant-garde, and transnational Japanese cinema at SOAS. He has worked in independent cinemas, in distribution (Terracotta) and on festivals including the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, London Short Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival. He founded the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival in 2017.
Favourite Japanese films: Tokyo Story (Yasujirō Ozu, 1953), Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969), Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (Shuji Terayama, 1968).
Favourite Japanese novels: A Shameful Life (Osamu Dazai, 1948), Confessions of a Mask (Yukio Mishima, 1949), What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami, 2007).
George completed his PhD at King’s College London. His film-philosophy focused research explores self-reflexivity in contemporary cinema. He teaches undergraduate film studies at KCL and The University of West London, and on Met Film School’s filmmaking MA course. He co-founded the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival in 2017 with Joshua.
Favourite Japanese films: Neon Genesis Evangelion (Hideaki Anno, 1997), The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura, 1983), Death By Hanging (Nagisa Ōshima, 1968).
Favourite Japanese novels: A Personal Matter (Kenzaburō Ōe, 1964), Some Prefer Nettles (Junichirō Tanizaki, 1929), Sea of Fertility tetralogy (Yukio Mishima, 1969-1971)
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