Scott Forsyth

Scott Forsyth

BA (Trent), MA, PhD (York)

Senior Scholar
Department of Cinema & Media Arts

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. His 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.

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


“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