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Research interests


The research of the department is focused on the analysis and practice of film, television, digital media and contemporary art. This includes specific interests in:

  • television, history, technology and aesthetics
  • screen narrative and screenwriting
  • Hollywood, Asian, European cinemas
  • national, Transnational and Diasporic cinemas 
  • the representation of class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality
  • cultures of celebrity
  • modernist art practices
  • production of dramas, documentaries and installations.

These research interests blend into three main research clusters: Television Culture, Screen Narrative and Identity and Place.

Works by our staff

KenLoachIt is a distinctive feature of the department’s research culture that staff and students engage in both conventional scholarly research and theoretically- informed practice. Members of the department have been involved in the writing of books and essays as well as the making of work for television and radio. Recent books include:

Art and Death – Chris Townsend

The Cinema of Eric Rohmer – Jacob Leigh

Documentary: Witness and Self-revelation – John Ellis

Far-flung families in Film: The Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Cinema – Daniela Berghahn

Ken Loach: The Politics of Film and Television – John Hill

Post-Classical Hollywood: History, Film Style and Ideology since 1945 – Barry Langford

Television Personalities: Stardom and the Small Screen – James Bennett.

Recent media productions include Adam Ganz’s trilogy of radio plays for the BBC dealing with history and memory (Listening to the Generals, Nuclear Reactions, The Gestapo Minutes) Marc Isaacs’ series of documentaries (All White in Barking, Men of the City, Outside the Court and The Road) and Sue Clayton’s acclaimed film about young asylum seekers Hamedullah. More information about staff and their research interests may be found here.


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