Tom Rice

Tom Rice

Film scholar

  • Colonial legacy, Decolonization, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • London (United Kingdom)

Dr Tom Rice is a British film scholar. He was the researcher on the project “Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire”. This website holds detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. The Colonial Film Website receives approximately 250,000 visitors each year and is used extensively in teaching across the world.

His dissertation at UCL was on the racial politics of silent cinema, and his work on the project has focused primarily on Africa and the Caribbean, and includes extensive work on the colonial film units. He has also written on Bristish Malaya and on Indian newsreels.

Now Tom Rice teaches as a lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. He received a Leverhulme Fellowship for the project “Watching Empire Dissolve: Through the Lens of the Colonial Film Unit”, which included research trips to Ghana and Jamaica.

Awards include runner up in the Best Monograph award, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (2016) for his previous book, White Robes, Silver Screens: Movies and the Making of the Ku Klux Klan, Indiana University Press, 2015.

Tom Rice at the Latitude Festival:

Call for Action & Reflection on Decolonising Archives

Contributions by Tom Rice