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Dr Matthew Melia


I completed my undergraduate studies  in 2001 at the University of Aberdeen (Joint MA Hons English-Lit / History of Art) and I was awarded my PhD from Kingston ('Architecture and Cruelty in the Writings of Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet') in 2007, which I am currently revisining for possible publication

I currently teach across film (Cult film and British Cinema); Media and English Literature.

My current and ongoing research is located within film with a concentration on the work of both Stanley Kubrick and Ken Russell within which field I am particularly focussing on areas such as the unwritten production histories of A Clockwork Orange, and the unmade and unreaslised films of Ken Russell.

I have a variety of forthcoming publications across all my specialised fields. 


Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • Joint MA (Hons) English Literature - History of Art (2.1) - University of Aberdeen (2001)
  • PhD (Architecture and Cruelty in the Writings of Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet) - Kingston University (2007)
  • PgCert (higher education teaching certificate) - Kingston University - 2010.

Teaching and learning

Postgraduate courses taught


I am currently involved with writing projects around  (amongst other things) Ken Russell's unmade films;  British post war medical comedy and  Kubrick and Trans-Atlanticism;   I am co-editor of  a forthcoming a collection on Jaws  (and contributing a chapter on Jaws as Western) as well a. I am in negotiations with Edinburgh University press to publish a book entitled Ken Russell: Perspectives, Reception and Legacy for their ReFocus: International Directors  series.

I spend a considerable amount of time in the Stanley Kubrick Archives  where I am carrying out resesarch for a book project based around production design and the production history of A Clockwork Orange

In 2018 I  co-organized and led  on A Clockwork Orange entitled A Clockwork Symposium  in partnership with the Kubrick Archives / LCC, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Kingston University. 

In 2016 I organized and led a major conference,  Ken Russell: Perspectives Reception and Legacy  at Kingston University


Number of items: 13.


Melia, Matthew (2017) Altered states, altered spaces : architecture, space and landscape in the film and television of Stanley Kubrick and Ken Russell. Cinergie : Il Cinema e le Altre Arti, 12, pp. 139-152. ISSN (print) 2280-9481

Melia, Matthew (2017) 'The post Kubrickian' : Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Screening the Past, 42, ISSN (online) 1328-9756

Melia, Matthew (2017) Reading the scream in Peter Strickland's 'Berberian Sound Studio'. Frames Cinema Journal, 11, ISSN (online) 2053-8812

Melia, Matthew (2017) Stanley Kubrick at the interface of film and television. Essais : Revue Interdisciplinaire d'Humanites(4), pp. 195-213. ISSN (print) 2417-4211

Melia, Matt (2016) Just how heroic is Star Trek's "I don't like to lose" James T. Kirk?,


Hunter, I.Q. and Melia, Matthew, eds. (2020) The 'Jaws' book : new perspectives on the classic summer blockbuster. Bloomsbury Academic. 272p. ISBN 9781501347528 (In Press)

Book Section

Melia, Matthew (2020) Kubrick and Britain. In: Hunter, IQ and Abrams, Nathan, (eds.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Stanley Kubrick. Bloomsbury Academic. (In Press)

Melia, Matthew John (2020) Ken Russell's unrealised projects and unmade films, 1956-1968 : the BBC years. In: Fenwick, James, (ed.) Shadow cinema : the historical and production context of unmade films. Bloomsbury Academic. (In Press)

Melia, Matthew (2020) Landscape, imagery and symbolism in Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'El Topo'. In: Broughton, Lee, (ed.) Reframing cult westerns : From The Magnificent Seven to The Hateful Eight. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 93-110. ISBN 9781501343490

Melia, Matthew (2020) Relocating the western in 'Jaws'. In: Hunter, IQ and Melia, Matt, (eds.) The 'Jaws' book : new perspectives on the classic summer blockbuster. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781501347528 (In Press)

Melia, Matthew (2014) The scream in visual culture: the scream as fearful response. In: Smith, Shilinka and Hill, Shona, (eds.) Transforming fear, horror and terror; multidisciplinary reflections. Oxford, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. ISBN 9781848881969

Conference or Workshop Item

Melia, Matthew (2009) "Oh what's the bloody point?": a deconstruction of Kenneth William's life, screen and written performances and their reflection in the biopic Fantabulosa (BBC 2006). In: Performing lives; 06 - 08 Jul 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Melia, Matthew (2007) Architecture and cruelty in the writings of Antonin Artaud, Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett. (PhD thesis), Kingston University,

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