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Dr James Newton





James completed his PhD in 2016. Entitled The Anarchist Cinema, the thesis explored the series of relationships between film and political anarchism.

His research interests include the dynamic between film form and content, horror, spaghetti westerns, and other cult cinemas, as well as anarchism in popular culture. He is also interested in the history of guerrilla, no-budget, and underground filmmaking.

James is also a filmmaker, whose work encompasses both narrative and experimental forms.

He was formerly Programme Director of Digital Media at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Associate Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Kent.

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James currently convenes the following modules:

Making Media: This module draws upon concepts in Media Studies to inform an introduction to moving image production. The module explores various forms of screen culture - from cinema, to television, to content creation in the digital age.

Digital Storytelling: This module explores some of the many new forms of content creation and narrative practices that have appeared as a result of technological and cultural change, and encourages students to engage with these forms critically and creatively. Students examine digital storytelling as an emergent form of participatory media by exploring new media narrative methods such as vlogs, citizen journalism, social media based storytelling and video essays. 


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James’ research interests include the relationship between film form and content, horror, spaghetti westerns, and other cult cinemas, as well as anarchism in popular culture. His book The Anarchist Cinema (Intellect, 2018) explores how aspects of anarchism have influenced film culture, and how anarchist theory can be used as a method to understand and interpret developments in cinema history.

He is currently working on The Mad Max Effect: Road Warriors of International Exploitation Cinema. This book (Bloomsbury, 2020) looks at the Mad Max series as being at the centre of multiple lines of exploitation cinema – from 70s car crash films, Australian genre pictures, transnational post-apocalypse action films from the 1980s, to online film culture in the 21st century.



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I am interested in supervising doctoral students in research projects that explore aspects of cult cinema, radical politics and film, and guerrilla and underground film culture.  I welcome proposal on these topics and any associated subject areas.


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