I am interested in working with students in any area of cinema, film studies, screen studies or visual culture, but have particular interests in:
Hollywood cinema, British cinema, Transnational cinema, Early cinema, Film, politics and class, cinema technology, Visual culture and climate change.
I am currently co-supervising the following PhD projects:
- Anna Martin, Real Person Fanfiction (RPF) and online fan communities
- Rona Murray, Situations of Absence: Silence and Invisibility in Women's Cinema
- Liz Nichols, The Cinematic Punctum
- Imogen Robertson, Intervals, Rhythms and Waves: Relations of Affect in Case Studies of Subjective Documentary from the 1980s and 1990s
I have supervised the following PhDs:
- Dr Katherine Harrison (graduated 2009: AHRC-funded), Terror/Democracy: An iconology
- Dr Alex Simcock (graduated 2009: AHRC-funded), Rethinking Film and Television through the made-for-TV movie
- Dr Dominique Ying-chih Liao (graduated 2008), Film and theatre in post-martial law Taiwan
I am a supervisor on the Film Studies MA by Research, and the MA by Research in Performance Studies.
I currently convene the following modules:
- Film Cultures (LICA251) - second-year core course in Film Studies
- Silent Cinema (LICA355) - third-year option on cinema from 1895-1930
I also lecture or supervise on:
- Introduction to Film Studies (LICA150) - first-year core course in Film Studies
- Independent Research Module (FILM312) - third-year dissertation module
- Modernism in the Arts (LICA100) - first-year interdiscplinary core module
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:
- The normativity of 3D: cinematic journeys, 'imperial visuality' and unchained cameras. I am currently writing on the 'ethnographic gaze' of digital stereoscopic cinema, taking the action film Sanctum (Grierson, 2011) produced by James Cameron, and the documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Herzog, 2011), as key case studies.
- The cinema of Michael Bay: aesthetics of excess. I am developing a project on the Hollywood director, Michael Bay, in conjunction with Dr Bruce Isaacs (Sydney University, Aus.) and Dr Leon Gurevitch (University of Victoria, NZ).
- Video game culture and cinema. I am currently developing a project on the aesthetic and technical relationship between films and video games.
- Michael Winterbottom's Everyday. I have been asked to present a paper on British director Michael Winterbottom's latest TV film, Everyday (2012), at a conference on social science research methods in September at the University of Sussex.