My most recent paper was delivered to American New Wave: A Retrospective in July 2017 and was titled ‘Formal Radicalism vs Radical Representation in The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971) and Dirty Harry (Don Siegel, 1971)’, but I’ve been a Film Studies Lecturer who has been studying film academically since 2000, less formally since the age of 4 and Ghostbusters scared the hell out me in the Haven Cinema in Boston, Lincolnshire. My current research interests cover violence, spectatorship, critical reactions and I tend to focus on the New Hollywood period.
I’ve been lucky enough to study film at both the University of East Anglia (on the MA Programme) and at PhD level at the University of Lincoln. My PhD thesis is called “Fascist Works of Art?” Violence, Spectatorship and Identification in Vigilante Thrillers: 1970-1976 and has been completed under the wonderful stewardship of Dr Nigel Morris. My Viva (all 1hour 45minutes of it!!) was panelled by Prof Paul Cobley and Dr Sarah Barrow. I have previously been spoken at the Film & Media (the annual London Film & Media conference) and been published in The Film and Media Reader 1 from the conference organisers.