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Oliver Wilson-Nunn

Trinity Hall College


In my doctoral research, I examine the representation of imprisonment in Argentine visual culture, beginning with photographic journalism in the popular press of the early twentieth century, passing through mid-century melodramatic cinema, sexploitation films from the 70s and 80s, and contemporary online and televisual series. In doing so, I aim to show how images of prison have constructed, moulded and at times challenged hegemonic perceptions of criminality, punishment, justice and (racial, gendered and class-based) otherness at different moments of Argentine history. My approach is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from film studies, photographic theory, cultural criminology, prison abolitionism and cultural history.


I graduated with a First Class with Distinction in Spanish and French (BA) at Cambridge in 2019, for which I was awarded the Mrs Claude Beddington Modern Languages Prize. Following this, I completed an MPhil at the Centre of Latin American Studies, supported by a Baillie Gifford Cambridge UK Masters Scholarship, achieving a Pass with Distinction. My PhD is funded by a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.

Beyond my studies, I have been actively involved in student film festivals in Cambridge and Uruguay. In Cambridge I served as the Head of Awards at Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival (2018-19). In Uruguay, meanwhile, I collaborated with the Montevideo-based Festival Internacional de Cine Estudiantil (FENACIES) and the Programa de Educación Audiovisual y Lenguaje Cinematográfico (PEALC), for whom I translated the book Manual of Cinematographic Language into English. These experiences have made me passionate about developing the educational potential of film and expanding access to filmmaking.

Dr Joanna Page