Establishing Identity
: Gender, race and class in British South Asian cinema

  • Michael Willis

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This study focusses on British South Asian diaspora history, specifically diasporic film and its portrayals of class, gender, race, sexuality and generational divide. Using postcolonial and Marxist analytical technique, this research aims to gain insight into way South Asian filmmakers portray their experiences and what this tells researchers about the diasporic community, how these portrayals have changed over time, and how accurately they relay the experiences of the diaspora and are received by audiences. The results are a range of ambiguous hybrid identities and experiences which, whilst authentic, simultaneously reproduce many cultural and class-based stereotypes.
Date of Award2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorVikram Visana (Main Supervisor)

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