Overview of Research Interests
Cult Cinema; Music and Film/Television; American Independent Cinema; Experimental Media.
PhD in Film Studies, University of East Anglia, 2001
BA (first class) in Film and English Studies, University of East Anglia (1995)
Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, University of Aberystwyth, 2003-2010
PhD Supervision and Examination
Craig Clark, ‘The American Dreams of Psychedelia and Moving Images’ (Commenced 2019)
Melissa Hair, ‘Women Filmmakers in American Indie Cinema’ (Awarded 2019, Northumbria University)
Russell Hunter, ‘Popular Genre Cinema and Cultural Appeal: The Reception of Dario Argento’s Films in the UK and Italy’ (Awarded 2010, Aberystwyth University)
Angelina Karpovich, ‘Fan Fiction in the Age of the Internet.’ (Awarded 2009, Aberystwyth University)
Edited And Authored Books
Freak Scenes: American Independent Film and Indie Music Cultures (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming, 2021)
Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema (co-edited with Ernest Mathijs) (Routledge, 2019)
Stranger than Paradise (part of the Cultographies series) (Wallflower/Columbia University Press, 2018)
No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris (co-edited with James Leggott) (London: BFI, 2013).
Cult Cinema: An Introduction (co-written with Ernest Mathijs) (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
Alternative Film Culture in Inter-War Britain (Exeter University Press, 2008).
Music, Sound and Multimedia: From the Live to the Virtual (edited) (Edinburgh University Press, 2007).
Experimental British Television (co-edited with Laura Mulvey) (Manchester University Press, 2007).
Chapters And Articles
‘Low Budget Audio-visual Aesthetics in Indie Music Video and Feature Filmmaking: The Works of Steve Hanft and Danny Perez’ in Lori Burns and Stan Hawkins, The Bloomsbury Handbook to Popular Music Video Analysis (Bloomsbury, 2019)
‘The Allure of Otherness: Transnational Cult Film Fandom and the Exoticist Assumption’, Transnational Cinemas (Vol. 8, Issue. 1, 2017)
‘Independent Intersections: Indie Music Cultures and Independent Cinema’ in Geoff King, ed., A Companion to American Independent Film (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016)
‘Creeping Decay: Cult Soundtracks, Residual Media and Digital Technologies’, New Review of Film and Television Studies (Vol. 13, Issue 1, 2015)
‘Lo-Fi Excavations: Surveying the Indie-Rock Documentary’ in Holly Rogers, ed., Music and Sound in Nonfiction Film (Routledge, 2014)
‘From Bad to Good and Back to Bad Again? Cult Cinema and its Unstable Trajectory’ in Constantine Verevis and Claire Perkins, eds, B For Bad Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value (SUNY Press, 2014)
‘Lost in Techno Trance: Dance Culture, Drugs and the Digital Image in Jam’ in James Leggott and Jamie Sexton, eds, No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris (BFI, 2013)
‘Prisoner of Cool: Chloë Sevigny, Alternative Stardom and Image Management’ in Kate Egan and Sarah Thomas, eds, Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification (Palgrave, 2012)
‘Weird Britain in Exile: Ghost Box, Hauntology and Alternative Heritage’, Popular Music and Society (Vol. 35, Issue 4, 2012)
‘US Indie-Horror: Critical Reception, Genre Construction and Suspect Hybridity’, Cinema Journal (Vol. 51, Issue 2, 2012)
External funding/research grants
Leverhulme Project Grant, ‘Anonymous Creativity: Library Music and Screen Cultures in the 1960s and 1970s,’ 2021. Amount: £129,887.
AHRC Research Network Grant, ‘Global Cult Cinema in the Age of Convergence’, 2013. Amount: £19,657.
British Academy Small Research Grant, to contribute towards the costs involved in researching the reception of American independent cinema in Britain, 2006. Amount: £2768.
Editorial Board and Peer Review Experience
Co-founder and co-editor of book series Cultographies (Wallflower Press), 2007-18.
Current member of editorial board for book series Global Exploitation Cinemas (Bloomsbury)
I have peer reviewed a large number of books and articles for publishers including Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury, Edinburgh University Press, Palgrave, and Routledge.