Film Studies Research Unit (FSRU)


Film Studies Research Unit (FSRU)

Film Studies staff in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University have research strengths in film history (with an emphasis on European and British cinema), in film theory, Hollywood and independent American cinemas, as well as film criticism.

Staff research interests

Film Theory

Warren Buckland

Warren Buckland has seven books to his name: (ed.) Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies (2009); (ed.), Puzzle Films (2009); Directed by Steven Spielberg: Poetics of the Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (2006); Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis (2002) (with Thomas Elsaesser); The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000); the best-selling Teach Yourself Film Studies (1998; fourth edition, 2010); and (ed.) The Film Spectator (1995). He also edits the journal the New Review of Film and Television Studies.

Research interests

  • Film theory
  • Hollywood cinema
  • Narratology

Forthcoming projects

Data-mining world cinema (collaborative research project with Thomas Elsaesser); a book called Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (Routledge, 2012); co-editor (with Edward Branigan) of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory; a series of essays on David Lynch’s Inland Empire; a study of the films of Wes Anderson.

Journal of British Televeision and Cinema

James Cateridge

James Cateridge’s doctoral research on film policy and the contemporary British film industry has been published in The Journal of Media Practice and The Journal of British Cinema and Television, as well as in the edited collection Sights Unseen: Unfinished British Cinema. 

In addition to his academic research and teaching, James has also worked in video distribution for Columbia Tristar, arts administration at the Arts Council of England, film journalism for the London Film Festival, and as a research consultant for Screen East, the regional film body for the East of England.

Research interests

  • The international film industry
  • British film policy
  • Cultural institutions
  • Film music
  • Film and television-related tourism.

Forthcoming projects

James is working on a monograph based on his PhD thesis, as well as articles on historical precedent in film policy discourse and British film composers. He is also leading an interdisciplinary research network to investigate film and television-related tourism in the UK and Ireland.

Almodovar: el cine como pasion

Alberto Mira

Alberto Mira was born in a town near Valencia, Spain. Besides the research activities listed below, Alberto is a translator (has published critical editions and Spanish translations of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Oscar Wilde's plays). Alberto has a published a number of books and journal articles and is a member of the Editorial Board and Review Editor for New Cinemas.

Research interests

  • History of Sexuality, in particular perceptions and constructions of homosexuality;
  • Spanish cinema
  • Translation
  • Classical Hollywood Cinema (esp. screenwriting and gender issues);
  • Spanish Literature

Forthcoming projects

Alberto is coordinating an issue on homosexuality and film of the Spanish journal Archivos de la Filmoteca. Also working on article on cinematic representations of García Lorca.

Storia del cinema italiano

Paolo Russo

Paolo Russo holds a PhD in Film and Media (University of Rome III) and joined Brookes in 2007. Paolo has published a History of Italian Cinema (Lindau, 2007), and several articles and chapters in edited books. He is also a screenwriter, currently collaborating with director Matthew Huston and Minor Hour Films.

Research interests

  • Italian and American cinema
  • Screenwriting studies
  • Film narrative
  • Film history
  • Film genres (with special emphasis on the horror, noir, and cyberpunk)
  • Alternative and cult cinema
  • Film history
  • TV drama series

Forthcoming projects

Paolo is currently editing the 2014 special issue of the international journal Quaderni del CSCI on Italian screenwriters, developing a long-term encyclopedia project on screenwriting, and writing several journal articles and book chapters (on Inception and Shutter Island; screenwriting studies; cinema and politics, among others). He is in development on a number of film and TV projects, and is a member of the Screenwriting Research Network.

Post War Italian Cinema

Daniela Treveri Gennari

Daniela Treveri Gennari has completed a PhD in Film Studies at the University of Warwick on the American influence on post-war Italian cinema. Daniela has recently finished writing the monograph Post-war Italian Cinema. American Intervention, Vatican Interests, (Routledge 2008). Amongst her recent publications: A Regional Charm: Italian Comedy versus Hollywood, October (Spring 2009, No. 128: 51–68) and Did Neorealism start in church? Catholicism, cinema and the case of Mario Soldati’s Chi è Dio?, New Review of Film and Television Studies (2010). Her current research is on Italian Audiences in 1940s and 1950s, on representation of Americans in popular Italian cinema and on the collaboration between Catholics and Left wing intellectuals in the post-war period.

Research interests

  • Post-war Italian cinema
  • Americanization of Italian cinema
  • Catholic censorship in Italian cinema
  • Popular cinema
  • Audiences in Italian Cinema

Forthcoming projects

Lost Italian Audiences project in collaboration with the Universities of Exeter and Bristol; a book on Catholics and the cinema; an article on Zavattini’s religiosity in film; an article on Catholic censorship.

Milcho Manchevski at Oxford Brookes - 22 February 2015


Research staff


Film Studies Research Unit (FSRU)

School of Arts
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 484995