JAEFF Team | 隊員

Joshua Smith, Festival Director

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 cinemas, in distribution and has managed and programmed at festivals including London East Asia Film Festival and London Short 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), Paprika (Satoshi Kon, 2006). 


Favourite Japanese novels: Woman of the Dunes (Kōbō Abe, 1962), Confessions of a Mask (Yukio Mishima, 1949), What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami, 2007).

George Crosthwait, Producer

  George is currently finishing a PhD at King’s College London. His film-philosophy focused research explores self-reflexivity in contemporary cinema. He teaches undergraduate film studies at KCL, has taught on Met Film School’s filmmaking MA course, and currently teaches adult education film courses for Picturehouse Education. 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).

Morgane Chinal-Dargent, Marketing

Morgane is finishing a MA in Global Cinemas at SOAS, focussing on Japanese cinema. Passionate about Japanese culture from a young age, she moved to Japan in 2015 where she lived for two years before coming to London. Morgane joined the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival in April 2018 as a Marketing Manager. 


Favourite Japanese films: Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura, 1979), Drunken Angel (Akira Kurozawa, 1948)


Favourite Japanese novels: Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami, 2002) Nijiiro Gaden (Ito Ogawa, 2014)