Dr Dominic Topp

Lecturer

About

I received my PhD in Film from Kent in 2015, with a thesis on the political cinema of Jean-Luc Godard and the Dziga Vertov Group. I have an MA in History of Film and Visual Media from Birkbeck, University of London, and a BA (Hons) in English Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University. I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

I started teaching at Kent as an Associate Lecturer in 2013, and was appointed a Lecturer in August 2019. Between 2017 and 2019 I also taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Film at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago.

My research interests include French cinema, modernism, film authorship and classical Hollywood cinema. I have presented my research at conferences and symposiums in Chile, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and the UK. My writing on film has been published in Projections: The Journal for Movies and MindSignificação: Revista de Cultura AudiovisualAlphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media and Studies in European Cinema, and I have a chapter in the forthcoming collection Mapping Movie Magazines: Digitization, Periodicals and Cinema History (Palgrave Macmillan).

Teaching

In 2019/20, I will be convening the following modules:

FI603 Sound and Cinema
This course aims to provide students with a clearer understanding of and greater sensitivity to the soundtrack. The course will begin by setting up an introductory framework that considers the relationship between the various aspects of film sound (speech, music, noise), as well as the relationship between sound and image. Subsequent sessions will consider the evolution of sound technology and its impact on the aural aesthetics of film, the use of classical and popular music in film scores, and the distinctive and innovative use of sound and music by such diverse directors as Jacques Tati, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman and David Lynch.

FI813 Film History: Research Methods
This course examines film history and historiography through case studies. In carrying out this investigation students will be encouraged to work with archive and primary sources held in libraries, museums and archives, for example, the online resources of the Media History Digital Library, as well as the British Film Institute Library and British Library. This will help them to evaluate and contest received histories, which may be based on aesthetic, technological, economic, and/or social formations. Through this investigation, students will be better able to understand the role and value of the contextual study of film, while having the opportunity to research and write on an aspect of film history. This year’s module explores questions of genre, stardom, authorship, storytelling and visual style in the context of 1940s Hollywood cinema.

I will also be teaching seminars on FI577 Emotion in the Movies.

In previous years I have convened the following modules:

  • FI537 Postwar European Cinema
  • FI570 Pulp Cinema: The Avant-Garde and Popular Cinema
  • FI594 Film Authorship
  • FI606 Avant-Garde and Experimental Cinema
  • HA556 Art and Film
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