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Dr Matthew Melia

Senior Lecturer


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.

I teach on and am module leader for  undergraduate and postgraduate modules focusing on  TV Drama, Cult Film, Post 1960's British Cinema and Digital Cinema .

My research currently investigates issues of space and architecture and the work of Ken Russell and Stanley Kubrick.

I am at the start of a research project on A Clockwork Orange  as well as publishing chapters and articles  on Russell and Kubrick. In 2017 I organised the international conference Ken Russell: Perspectives, Reception and Legacy  at  Kingston. I am currently organising a major conference on A Clockwork Orange to take place at University of the Arts: London College of Communication .

Areas of specialism

  • Stanley Kubrick / Ken Russell
  • Space and Architecture
  • Cult film and Television
  • Post-War Avant Garde / the Absurd: Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Antonin Artaud
  • Post-Modernism
  • Post war British Cinema and Television / British Horror Cinema
  • The Cult / Exploitation Western and Landscape

Courses taught



  • 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.


I am currently involved with writing projects around  (amongst other things) Ken Russell's unmade films (; Kubrick and Trans-Atlanticism;  Jodorowsky's El Topo  and The Landscape of the Western;  I am co-editing a forthcoming a collection on Jaws  (and contributing a chapter on Jaws as Western). 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 formulating a book project on the cultural legacy of A Clockwork Orange  (in time for the films 50th anniversary in 2021) ; the BFI archives and the BBC archives.

I am currently organizing a conference on A Clockwork Orange (Novel and Film) in partnership with the Kubrick Archives / LCC, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Kingston University. 


Number of items: 8.


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?,

Book Section

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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