Rosa Fong

Senior Lecturer in Film and Television

Department of Media
Creative Edge Building
Telephone: 01695 584828


Rosa Fong is an award-winning writer and director. Her films have won awards from the British Film Institute and Arts Council of England and she has directed programmes for both the BBC and Channel 4. Rosa has worked in Hong Kong as a commercials director and the UK directing music videos for MTV and Partizan.

Michael Brook in BFI Screen On-line said, “Rosa Fong’s short film (Red) was and remains one of the very few British films to examine a British-Chinese culture clash on a level other than a comedic one.” 

Her practice-based research explores transcultural identities and narrative structures and she has lectured on these at London University Birkbeck, the Victoria and Albert Museum and at national conferences.   Her recent practice-led research focuses on memory, displacement, identity and performativity, and this is explored through a documentary called Deconstructing Zoe, about a transgender actor; a multimedia exhibition called Dragons of the Pool about the forced repatriation of Chinese seamen in Liverpool in 1946 and a series of short films called BEAST.

Rosa is a Senior Lecturer on the Film and Television Production Programme and has module leader responsibilities for Digital Shorts, Genre Film making, Television Drama and Independent Film. She is the departmental representative for Equality and Diversity.



BA (Hons) Photography, Film and Television 1985

PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2012


MED1200 Scriptwriting
MED 2202 Television Drama
MED 2209 Digital Shorts
MED 2255 Genre Film making
MED 3202 Independent Film

Research Interest

Transcultural identities, narrative structures, memory, displacement and identity and performativity.


Journals, articles and Book chapters

Deconstructing Zoe: Performing Race (2018) vol 4

Cinema of Displaced Identity (2018) in Contesting British Chinese Culture, (eds Diana Yeh, Ashley Thorpe) Palgrave.

Writing and Directing Credits:

Director/ Producer (2016) Deconstructing Zoe / Scent of an Orchid. Edge Hill Univeristy

Deconstructing Zoe and short version called Scent of an Orchid, is a vivid and intimate portrait of a transgender actor. It is an exploration of gender, race and sexuality, seen through Zoe’s eyes. We trace the journey from boyhood in a small town in Malaysia to the West-end stage via the trans scene of London.        logo





Director Council House Movie Star Edge Hill University

A video installation in collaboration with dancemaker Mark Edward.

Screened at the Homotopia Festival Oct. 2012.


Director/ co-writer Water Wings, North West Vision and UK Film Council
Ten-minute DVD. A young boy struggles to find sanctuary way from his violent home-life and befriends a small girl at the local swimming pool, with tragic consequences.

Director/ Writer
, Chinese for Beginners  Spirit Dance UK – Channel 4
4x 3-minute films for Channel 4 The Slot: A Fish called Tao, Cosmic Chi, Confucius Say and Feng Shui.  The series was a light-hearted take on Chinese philosophy.  Screened on Channel 4.

“Chinese for Beginners benefits from entertaining, well-written scripts and strong performances….Fong successfully merges education and entertainment in each film.”   Ling-Wan Pak BFI Screen on-line.

Director/ writer
  RED  British Film Institute/ Channel 4
35mm colour 26min drama shown at the London film festival.  A short drama for cinematic release – Red is set in 1976 and follows a young Chinese woman’s journey to England to find her estranged parents.  Red, is a fable about love, freedom and Elvis.
Selected for The Audience Prize at the European First Film Festival, France; British Short Film Festival, UK; La Mo-Viola; Florida Film Festival and Uppsala.

Director/ Writer
 A Dream of Venus Butterfly. Arts Council of Britain/
Channel 4
16mm colour film.  Billed as a “magic realist film” about a woman who falls in love with a caterpillar.   Euclid Cinema Film Festival, Toronto; ‘Midnight Flux’, Minima, London; Asian Film Festival, Toronto.

Director / Producer
  Tian Arts Council of Britain/ BBC2
A one-minute poetic film.
Shown on BBC2 and at the Brazil Film Festival, Changing Worlds film festival at the ICA London.

Director/ Producer
  “Linear Rhythm”.
16mm colour documentary for Arts Council of Britain ‘Black Arts’ video award.  26min documentary, which looks at the work of three British Chinese artists.  Featuring the actress Lucy Sheen from Po Chi’s film, ‘Ping-Pong’ and Qu Lei-lei of the ‘Stars Movement’, Beijing, it was shown internationally at Birmingham Film Festival, UK Oakland Film Festival USA.

Conference Papers

31st May 2012 China in Britian: Myths and Realities supported by: AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ Research Networking Grant.
Screening of Rosa’s films and conference with Hollywood director Mike Newell on British Chinese cinema.

28th March 2012 AHRC supported research network CFFUK.
Paper on “The Uncanny disruption of British Chinese filmmakers”
at the Distribution and Exhibition of Chinese and Asian Cinema in the UK symposium, Corner House Manchester.

May 4th 2011 GenSex seminars Edge Hill University. Paper on“Real Women”. 

July 2010 Screen studies conference, Glasgow: Paper called “An object of Performing life: The body of film viewership”

London Chinese Arts Forum: Chinese Cultural Centre on Arts in the Chinese Community.

Colours of Asia: Black Arts Centre on arts and the Asian Community

Private Families, Public Lives:  
Tricycle Theatre on Chinese Women.

Worlds of difference: Birkbeck College, London University on Images of Chinese Women in the Cinema.

Half the Sky: Victoria & Albert Museum on the identity of Chinese Women in China and Britain.

Critical Practices: Power Theory and Visual Culture
. Paper on: Radical Texts: Problems and audiences. Looking at how cultural values are no longer neutral concept.

Professional Bodies and External Activities

Rosa Fong is a member of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association.

Fellow of Higher Education Academy.


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