Scott Forsyth

Scott Forsyth
Associate Professor

BA (Trent), MA (York), PhD (York)

A film historian, editor and critic, Scott Forsyth’s scholarly interests include film and politics, Hollywood history, Canadian cultural history, culture and Communism, Marxist cultural theory, politics and film in the Third World.

He has published widely on film and politics in journals such asCineAction, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, The Socialist Registerand Canadian Dimension, and has also scripted several documentary films. He currently serves on the editorial board of CineAction.

Professor Forsyth’s current research includes an archival project on the cultural work of Canadian communists from the 1930s to 1950s, and research on the politics and ideology of post-Cold War Hollywood films.

Cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Dr. Forsyth teaches film history and theory, media and politics and Marxist cultural theory and politics. He has served as Chair of the Department of Film and as director of the MA and PhD Programs in Cinema and Media Studies.


“The Festival, Politics and Space”, CineAction 82/83, Winter 2010

“Performance, Realism and Melodrama,” CineAction #76, Winter 2009

“Communists, Class and Culture,” in Malek Khouri and Darrell Varga, (eds.), Working on Screen: The Representation of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006

“Class and American Comedy,” Labour/le travail #58, Fall 2006 (book review)

“Hollywood Reloaded: The Film as Imperial Commodity,” in Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, (eds.),Empire Reloaded: Socialist Register 2005, London: Merlin Press, 2005

Recent Journal Issues Edited

Global Cinema/Canadian Films and TV, CineAction #78, Summer 2009

Cinema and New Media, CineAction #73/74, Winter 2008