Hayden Bytheway

PhD Student


Hayden Bytheway is a first-year PhD student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. Previously, Hayden completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies at the University of Manitoba and a Master’s Degree in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. Hayden’s research examines film genre and performance through various philosophical frameworks, including metaphysics and posthumanism. His other research interests include music in film, addiction in film, and videographic criticism. Hayden’s most recent project, “Matter, Memory and Duration: Temporal Containment in the Modern Melodrama,” analyzes formulations of time in modernist film in conjunction with the philosophy of Henri Bergson.

Selected Work

“Matter, Memory and Duration: Temporal Containment in the Modern Melodrama” . MA Major Research Project. York University, 2022.

"Alice Guilluy. ‘Guilty Pleasures’: European Audiences and Contemporary Hollywood Romantic Comedy”. Book Review. EuropeNow (46). February 2022.


  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship (2021-2022)
  • Department of Cinema and Media Studies Nomination for Governor General’s Award (York University, 2022)
  • Graduate Scholarship (York University, 2020)
  • Department of Film Studies Undergraduate Award (University of Manitoba, 2020)
  • Rose Toles Prize (University of Manitoba, 2017-2018)


MA, York University
BA Adv, University of Manitoba