I received my PhD in Film Studies from Queen Mary, University of London in 2012 for a thesis that explored the space of the garden within British film culture. I have an MA in Film and Visual Culture from Queens University Belfast and a BA in Drama and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
My research interests centre on the issues of space and place within film culture and I am especially concerned with notions of mobility. I am also interested in questions of identity, auteurship and the concept of national cinemas.
I currently co-direct the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Film and the Moving Image at the University of Kent. I also sit on the publication committee for the European Network for Cinema and Media Scholars (NECS) and co-edit the book reviews section of the online journal NECSUS_European Journal of Media Studies.
I have held teaching positions at Queens University Belfast, Birkbeck, University of London and Queen Mary, University of London. I joined Kent as an Associate Lecturer in 2012 and began a full-time lectureship in September 2013.back to top
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For the 2014/2015 academic year I am convening the modules: History of British Cinema, New York and the Movies, Storytelling and the Cinema, and Introduction to Film Theory.
History of British Cinema: This course offers an overview of British cinema from its beginnings to the present day, assessing its role in the construction of British national identity and evaluating its major directors. The films will be approached through multiple frameworks, including a consideration of aesthetics (e.g. realism) and history (e.g. the legacy of colonialism).
New York and the Movies: This module examines the way New York has been used as a site for filmmaking, looking at the history of the production of films in and about the city, and as a vital centre of film culture.
Storytelling and the cinema This module examines different forms of narrative and story-telling in cinema, drawing upon theories of myth and fairytale as well as upon anthropological studies of oral storytelling in order to place film narration within the tradition of the ‘popular’ arts.
Introduction to Film Theory: This module approaches the ‘big questions’ that have surrounded film and puts them into historical context. Although specific topics will vary, representative topics include definitions of film and its constitutive elements, the effects that cinema has on spectators and the social, cultural and political implications that moving images reproduce.
My research interests and expertise centre on questions of cinematic space and place. For my PhD I focused on the garden within British film culture and considered its mobility, both in a literal and figurative sense. This work necessitated a solid understanding of ideas within several other disciplines, most notably cultural geography. It also fostered an interest in identity politics and I have recently published an article where I consider the cinematic garden’s articulation of (post)colonial movements.
Beyond gardens on screen, I have employed a topographical approach to offer new analyses of other work that makes interesting use of space and place. This has resulted in several conference papers and a number of articles, which are currently under review or in preparation. I am also working on two new projects. The first is an AHRC funded collaborative project entitled the 'The People's Pier: The Popular Culture of Pleasure Piers and Cultural Regeneration through Community Heritage'. The second centres on the impact of location filming in rural areas. As part of this project I am currently organsing a public engagement event entitled 'Chilham on Screen ? A One-Day Festival' , which will take place in October 2015.
While my primary focus is British film culture, I also engage with Irish cinema.
I am happy to supervise BA, MA and PhD students in projects that connect with my research interests. Key areas of interest include space and place in film (especially the non-urban), representation of identity on screen, and the (trans-)national cinemas of Britain and Ireland.