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Dr Bruce Bennett

Senior Lecturer

Bruce Bennett

Lancaster University

The LICA Building



Tel: +44 1524 594753

PhD supervision

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, cycling and cycling cultures.

Current Teaching


I am currently co-supervising the following PhD projects:

  • Rona Murray, Situations of Absence: Silence and Invisibility in Women's Cinema
  • Liz Nichols, Distracted Spectatorship, the Cinematic Experience and Franchise Films
  • Laura Clancy, Mediating Monarchy (AHRC/ESRC- co-funded)
  • Bernadette Salem, Cinema and exploration
  • Matthew  SmithThe figure of the child in British cinema

I have supervised the following PhDs:

  • Dr Anna Martin (2014). Writing the Star: Stardom, Fandom and Real Person Fanfiction
  • Dr Imogen Robertson (2013). Intervals, Rhythms and Waves: Relations of Affect in Case Studies of Subjective Documentary from the 1980s and 1990s 
  • Dr Katherine Harrison (2009: AHRC-funded). Terror/Democracy: An iconology
  • Dr Alex Simcock (2009: AHRC-funded). Rethinking Film and Television through the made-for-TV movie
  • Dr Dominique Ying-chih Liao (2008). Film and theatre in post-martial law Taiwan




Current Research



Revolutionary Films: Cinema and Cycling (Goldsmiths Press, 2018)

This new book is a cultural history of cycling in global cinema and new screen cultures, considering the cultural significance of the bicycle and the practice of cycling as, variously, leisure activity, transportation device, professional sports apparatus, consumer good, a means of creative expression and a means of protest.

I was awarded a 12-month Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to undertake this project. The project is outlined in more detail in the Leverhulme Trust newsletter from May 2015.

A blog on the project can be found here.








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