Skip to main content
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, media and English Llterature.
My current and ongoing research concentrates on the work of both Stanley Kubrick and Ken Russell. I have books and journals on Russell, Kubrick and Anthony Burgess in production for EUP and Palgrave
I recently co-edited The Jaws Book: New Persepectives on the classic Summer Blockbuster for Bloomsbury and am working on a publication for the 30th anniversary of Jurassic Park.
Teach modules on British cinema and cult and transgressive film and literature.
I am currently on the advisory board/editorial committee for a book series forthcoming from Intellect on Unmade Films.
I am a working on an edited collection entitled The Films of Ken Russell, (Edinburgh University Press, International Directors Series) to which I am also contributing a chapter, The Gothic Legacy of Ken Russell.
I am on the advisory board/editorial committee for a book series forthcoming from Intellect on Unmade Films.
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.
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
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
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.