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PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- British film history
- Film censorship
- Film controversy
- Audiences


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Personal profile

Research Focus

My research interests cover British cinema, controversies and censorship, archives, film and history. I have published on British film and cinema, cinemagoing and audiences, regulation and classification and the work of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and publications include, Censoring the 1970s: The BBFC and the Decade that Taste Forgot, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011), Capital, Culture and Creativity: The British Film Industry in the 1970s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Using Film as a Source (Manchester University Press, 2015).

My fourth monograph will be published with Manchester University Press in Autumn 2024 and explores local and regional film censorship across the UK. I have also published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Media History, Historical Research and the Journal of British Cinema and Television.  

I am a member of the EUscreen Foundation, a European consortium of archives, academics and technical partners which explores aspects of digital heritage, access and preservation, and a member of the Northern Ireland Moving Image Heritage & Archive working group. I am a member of the editorial board of the Journal of British Cinema and Television, and VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture.



I currently convene and teach the following modules: 

  • Introduction to Film Studies 1 (FLM1001) level 1
  • British Cinema: Nation, Identity and Industry (FLM2026) level 2
  • Film Cultures and Fandom (FLM3035) level 3
  • Censorship, Regulation and Audiences (MA)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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