Film studies and screen practice research
Explore our film studies and screen practice work as part of our film, television and media research
Within our film studies and screen practice research, we explore the relationship between film, screen studies, industries of production and communities of practice. We have a comprehensive approach and are interested in representation, industry and production, fan communities, ethics and film language.
Film and screen cultures saturate all aspects of our life and our research is part of a project to highlight, interpret, decode and challenge those cultural forms.
Many of our researchers in this area have transnational research networks, with colleagues in film and media studies departments across the globe. Our work on fan cultures in particular represents a significant body of work that has had direct impact on public knowledge and the promotion of popular media culture and fandom outside of academia through our participation in fan conventions and Comic Con.
We also have specialisms in horror and the gothic, propaganda and politics in the media, animation and film and television, Transnational Cinema, screenwriting, broadcasting, editing and sound production and Latin American Cinema. Some of researchers also bring in their industry experience, examining the relationship between practice and theory as well as producing internationally recognised films, television programmes and documentaries.
Our research topics
- Fandom and popular culture
- History and theory of animation
- Hollywood film
- British film
- Digital content
- Transmedia storytelling
- Comics and film
- Latin American film
- Transnational film and television
- Gender and film and television
- Women's filmmaking
- Queer theory and film and television
- Film and migration
- Fantasy and animation
- Filmmaking in Israel and Palestine
- Film production
- Television broadcasting
- Ethics of film and television production
- Sound production
Our research methods include theoretical approaches from fan studies, feminism, genre studies, postcolonialism, and queer theory psychoanalysis, transnational film theory, adaptation studies, horror studies, and film ethics. We also engage with data and statistical approaches, industry and archival approaches, and textual and paratextual analysis.
We have partnerships with Comic Con and its annual events in Portsmouth with contributions by staff and students who organise panels for the public. We also have partnerships with Cinema no. 6. with staff involved in co-organising events including the Making Waves Film Festival.
Our researchers are engaged in individual projects that have resulted in significant articles and publications in the areas of film, and television. We have published books on the fantastic in Hollywood fantasy cinemas, the scientist in popular culture, fan tourism and conventions, British television animation, screen representations of the Bosnian War, women’s filmmaking in Latin America. Our researchers have also published academic books on iconic popular cultural texts such as Star Wars, Star Trek, American Horror Story, and Sense8.
Our work has also been covered by mainstream news outlets around the world.
We run a regular Pop Matters television show that highlights the research from staff in the school and the Faculty.
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