Belén Vidal is Reader in Film Studies. She is the author of Figuring the Past: Period Film and the Mannerist Aesthetic (Amsterdam University Press, 2012) and Heritage Film. Nation, Genre and Representation (Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press, 2012). She is the co-editor of The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture (AFI Film Readers, Routledge 2014) and of Cinema at the Periphery (Wayne State University Press, 2010).


She holds a PhD in Film Studies from Glasgow University, an MA from Georgetown University and a BA (Honors) from the University of Valencia. Before joining King’s in 2008, she was Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews.

Field of study



Belén co-leads the international project AGE-C Ageing and Gender in European cinema

AGE-C aims to establish cultural gerontology as a key approach in film studies by training a cohort of postdocs to study how cinematic representations of gender shape notions of old age and well-being across Europe.


Research Interests 

Film analysis and film theory, focusing on:

  • History and memory in contemporary cinemas
  • The historical film genres, especially the biopic and the heritage film
  • Spanish film history, and contemporary cinema & media in Spain
  • Cinephilia and film cultures