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Drama and Film Cultures BA(Hons): Who teaches this course

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Professor Will Brooker

Will Brooker joined Kingston University in 2005, and was Director of Studies, then Director of Research, before becoming Professor of Film and Cultural Studies in 2013. He has published widely on popular culture and its audiences; his books include Batman Unmasked, Using the Force, Alice's Adventures, The Blade Runner Experience, Hunting the Dark Knight, the BFI Film Classics volume on Star Wars, and Forever Stardust, a study of David Bowie that attracted worldwide media attention. He welcomes PhD applicants with an interest in cultural icons, popular culture and cultural history.


Dr Patrick O'Neill

Patrick O'Neill was awarded his PhD in 2016 which concerned 1980s Hollywood teen films, and the subject of youth in cinema continues to be a research interest. Other interests include film genre, US American Independent film, British cinema and quality American TV. He particularly focuses on how films resonate with sociopolitical and cultural ideas, and how cinematic space becomes symbolic.


Dr Simon Brown

Simon Brown is Associate Professor in Film and Television. His main research interests are early and silent cinema, British cinema, contemporary American television, horror, science fiction and adaptation, and the works of Stephen King. He has published widely on a variety of subjects including the history of colour cinematography, film censorship in the UK, and 3D. His most recent books include Cecil Hepworth and the Rise of the British Film Industry 1899-1911 (University of Exeter Press, 2016) and Screening Stephen King: Adaptation and the Horror Genre in Film and Television (University of Texas Press, 2018).

He has published articles on numerous aspects of contemporary television including 3DTV and cult networks such as FX and Showtime, as well as TV series including Supernatural, Alias, Dexter, The X-Files and Under the Dome. His current work is focussed on adaptation and the horror genre alongside another project on early cinema and the gothic. Prior to joining Kingston in 2004 Simon worked for ten years for the BFI National Archive, and is particularly interested in issues around film preservation and restoration. He is on the editorial board of Pennywise Dreadful: The Journal of Stephen King Studies and also The International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen.


Dr Davina Quinlivan

Davina Quinlivan is a Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies. Her research focuses on the moving image and visual culture, especially the history and contemporary practice of embodied filmmaking and material culture, European women artists and filmmakers, experimental film and the politics of the body. She has collaborated with the Freud Museum, the Serpentine Gallery and the British Film Institute. She is part of the Childhood, Nation and World Cinema network in association with Royal Holloway, University of London and is developing a new research network on the subject of women and movement in 21st century moving image media. She has also worked as a guest lecturer in 'Cinemuseology' at Queen Mary University of London, and taught on Kingston's MA in Experimental Cinema. 


Dr Corin Depper

Corin Depper is a Senior Lecturer in Film in the Department of Critical and Historical Studies as well as course leader for the MA in Film Studies. His teaching encompasses Film Theory, Avant-Garde and Experimental Film, Film Philosophy, as well as inter-disciplinary approaches to film, literature, and the visual arts. He has supervised numerous undergraduate and MA dissertations on a diverse range of film-related topics as well as five PhDs.


Professor John Maoilearca (in English: Mullarkey)

John Ó Maoilearca joined Kingston University in 2010 as Professor of Film. His areas of research and teaching are Film Theory; Philosophy and Film; Continental Philosophy; Animal Studies and Film; Philosophy and Non-Standard Philosophy; Theory and Practice (Practice as Research). He also welcomes applications from PhD students wishing to work in the areas of Film Theory, Film and Philosophy, Film Practice as Research, Art Practice as Research, Animals and Philosophy, Animals and Representation (especially in film), François Laruelle and Non-Standard Philosophy, Gilles Deleuze, Henri Bergson, Alain Badiou, Michel Henry, Contemporary French Philosophy, and Philosophy Of Diagrams.


Professor Trish Reid

Trish teaches theatre history and performance in culture. She has worked for a number of years as a musician and actor before entering higher education as a mature student. Trish is particularly interested in how identities, especially national and gender identities, are constituted through performance.


Dr Jim Reynolds

Jim is a senior lecturer in drama. He has also worked as a drama teacher, as an actor and acting coach, and has led a range of text, devised, applied and youth theatre projects - mounting work on London stages such as the Tricycle Theatre, Hammersmith Lyric, The Cockpit, Kingston's Rose - and directed the UK stage premiere of Howard Barker's 'Knowledge and a Girl' at the Edinburgh Festival (2015).


Hannah Ballou

Hannah's research interests include devising, avant-garde performance, feminist live art, Lecoq, physical theatre, commedia dell'arte and philosophical models of the comic body.


Dr David Linton

David has worked as a professional actor/practitioner for over twenty-five years with numerous commercial theatres, arts organisations and television companies including the Royal Opera House, Barbican, Northampton Playhouse, BBC, Granada, Tiger Aspect and London Weekend Television.


Winsome Pinnock

Winsome PinnockWinsome Pinnock has been teaching and writing for the last 20 years. Her award-winning plays include The Wind of Change (Half Moon Theatre, 1987), Leave Taking (Liverpool Playhouse Studio and National Theatre, 1988), Picture Palace (commissioned by the Women's Theatre Group, 1988), A Hero's Welcome (Women's Playhouse Trust at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1989), A Rock in Water (Royal Court Young People's Theatre at the Theatre Upstairs, 1989); Talking in Tongues (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1991), Mules (Clean Break Theatre Company, 1996) and One Under (Tricycle Theatre, 2005) and other work has been produced by BBC Radio and Television, The Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Clean Break Theatre, and The Royal National Theatre. Awards include the George Devine Award, The Pearson Plays on Stage Award and the Unity Theatre Trust Award. She was runner up for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and has been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Award.

She is interested in immigrant literature, postcolonial literature, women's writing and contemporary theatre.


Dr Alex McSweeney


Jay Skelton

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