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Dr Colette Balmain

Senior lecturer in Film and Media


I am a senior lecturer in Film and Media & Communications. I teach on core Media & Communication modules at Level 4, Level 5 and Level 7. I run a Special Study 'Screaming Out Loud: International Horror Cinema and Television' for Level 6 and Level 7 students. I also teach Research Methods on the BA Furniture and Product Design and supervise dissertations in Film, Illustration and Design at Kingston School of Art.

Areas of specialism

  • Film
  • Asian studies
  • Popular culture
  • Gothic and horror
  • KPOP and Kdramas
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Critical race studies
  • Disability studies
  • Intersectional feminism

Courses taught




  • PhD Film
  • MA Literature, Art and Culture (First Class)
  • PGCE (FE)
  • BSc 2.2 (Hons) Literature and the History of Ideas/History


My work is interdisciplinary and in particular focuses in on identity politics and the representation of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability in cinema. I am currently completing a monograph on East Asian Gothic Cinema (Palgrave-McMillan: 2017) and a book on Korean horror cinema. I am the co-editor of Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games with Dr Andrew David Jackson (Peter Lang: 2015) and the editor of Directory of World Cinema: South Korea (Intellect: 2013). I am a film critic for Asian Film Vault and Eastern Kicks and part of the Screening Sex global network. I am a member of the Association for Asian Studies and the International Gothic Association.

I am also working on a book on KPOP, Gender and Sexuality and will be a series editor for a forthcoming book series on Asian Cinema.

Research student supervision


Number of items: 15.


Balmain, Colette (2018) East Asian Gothic : a definition. Palgrave Communications, 3(31), ISSN (online) 2055-1045

Balmain, Colette (2014) Crypto-cannibalism : Meat, murder and monstrosity in Tiwa Moeithasong’s The Meat Grinder. Horror Studies, 5(2), pp. 249-264. ISSN (print) 2040-3275


Jackson, Andrew and Balmain, Colette, eds. (2016) Korean screen cultures: interrogating cinema, TV, music and online games. Bern, Switzerland : Peter Lang. 330p. ISBN 9783034318228

Balmain, Colette, ed. (2013) Directory of World Cinema : South Korea. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. (Directory of World Cinema, no. 20) ISSN (print) 2040-7971 ISBN 9781841505602

Balmain, Colette and Billings, Nancy, eds. (2009) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. 260p. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Balmain, Colette (2008) Introduction to Japanese horror film. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748624751

Book Section

Balmain, Colette (2016) Pan-Asian gothic. In: Byron, Glennis, (ed.) Globalgothic. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 119-132. (International Gothic) ISBN 9781526106902

Balmain, Colette (2014) Pop goes Korean Popular Culture : an investigation into the popularity of Hallyu culture in the UK. In: Marinescu, Valentina, (ed.) The global impact of South Korean popular culture : Hallyu unbound. Maryland, U.S. : Lexington Books. pp. 81-88. ISBN 9780739193372

Balmain, Colette (2014) Southeast Asian Gothic cinema. In: Byron, Glennis and Townshend, Dale, (eds.) The Gothic world. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 399-411. (Routledge Worlds) ISBN 9780415637442

Balmain, Colette (2012) Unnatural appetites and the case of the cannibal in Korean cinema. In: Norris, Nanette, (ed.) Words for a small planet : ecocritical Views. Lanham, U.S. : Lexington Books. pp. 167-182. ISBN 9780739171585

Balmain, Colette (2009) 10 years of evil. In: Balmain, Colette and Norris, Nanette, (eds.) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. pp. ix-xi. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Balmain, Colette (2009) And WHAT's on the menu today? Greed and gluttony in Sato's 'Naked blood'. In: Balmain, Colette and Norris, Nanette, (eds.) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. pp. 121-130. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Conference or Workshop Item

Balmain, Colette J. [Speaker] (2017) Ghosts and not ghouls in contemporary East Asian gothic cinema. In: Games, Gothic and Gore: Horror beyond Hollywood; 25th Jan 2017, Salford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Balmain, Colette (2015) Through the eyes of a child : hybridity and morbidity in Jo Sung-hee's 'A werewolf boy'. In: Open graves, open minds : The company of wolves : Sociality, animality, and subjectivity in literary and cultural narratives - werewolves, shapeshifters, and feral humans; 03 - 05 Sep 2015, Hatfield, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Balmain, Colette [Compiler] (2017) Chills and thrills : South Korean horror cinema. Korean Film Nights 2017. .

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