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 University ('Architecture and Cruelty in the Writings of Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet') in 2007.

I currently teach across film, media and English Llterature and I am the course leader for the Humanities Foundation degree.

My current and ongoing research concentrates  on the work of both Stanley Kubrick and Ken Russell. I 

I co-edited The Jaws Book: New Persepectives on the classic Summer Blockbuster  for Bloomsbury; Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange (Palgrave - forthcoming); and edited ReFocus: The Films of  Ken Russell (EUP - Forthcoming). 

I am currently about to start work on a monograph on Russell's film Gothic,  and an edited collection for Bloomsbury, The Jurassic Park Book (2023)

I have taught modules on British cinema and cult and transgressive film and literature and am interested in the tension between analogue and digitial media as well as dead technology. 



Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer and Course leader of the Humanities Foundation Degree


  • 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

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


I am currently on the advisory board/editorial committee for a book series forthcoming from Intellect on Unmade Films as well as co-Founder of the BAFTSS Archives and Archival Methods Special Interest Group.

I spend a considerable amount of time in the Stanley Kubrick Archives  where I am also  carrying out resesarch for a book project based around production design and the production history of A Clockwork Orange. I presented this research at the 2019 SCMS conference in Seattle. 

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.

Areas of specialism

  • Beckett, Genet, Artaud, Cruelty and the Absurd
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Ken Russell
  • Anthony Burgess

Scholarly affiliations

  • BAFTSS Archives and Archival Methods Special Interest Group

Research student supervision


Number of items: 14.


Melia, Matt (2020) "Very nearly an armful!" : British post-war comedy and the NHS. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 9(18), pp. 37-54. ISSN (online) 2213-0969

Melia, Matthew (2018) Stanley Kubrick at the interface of film and television. Essais : Revue Interdisciplinaire d'Humanites(4), pp. 195-219. ISSN (print) 2417-4211

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


Hunter, I.Q. and Melia, Matthew, eds. (2020) The 'Jaws' book : new perspectives on the classic summer blockbuster. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 288p. ISBN 9781501347528

Book Section

Melia, Matthew (2021) Kubrick and Britain. In: Hunter, I.Q. and Abrams, Nathan, (eds.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Stanley Kubrick. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781501343636

Melia, Matthew (2020) Ken Russell's unfinished projects and unmade films, 1956-1968 : the BBC years. In: Fenwick, James , Foster, Kieran and Eldridge, David, (eds.) Shadow cinema : the historical and production context of unmade films. New York, U.S. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 91-108. ISBN 9781501351594

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, Matthew, (eds.) The 'Jaws' book : new perspectives on the classic summer blockbuster. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781501347528

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, uk.bl.ethos.555055.

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