Staff

Dr James Walters

Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies
Head of Department of Film and Creative Writing

Film aesthetics, television studies, Hollywood cinema, authorship, fantasy and fictional worlds, performance, production communities, critical practice.

Dr Michele Aaron

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Film studies, American film, queer cinema, spectatorship, ethnicity and identity, sexuality and representation, representations of death.

Dr Elsa Braekkan Payne

Lecturer in Creative Writing

The short story, editing theory and practice, cross-disciplinary models of authorship, writing as translation and adaption, autobiogriphical and biographical poetry.

Helen Cross

Creative Fellow

I write novels, stories, graphic novels and scripts for stage, screen and radio.

Tom de Freston

Creative Fellow

During my time at Birmingham I will be working on two projects: a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice (resulting in a graphic novel, short film and a body of paintings) and an exploration of the character of Poor Tom from King Lear (resulting in paintings, filmed performances and a digital platform).

Dr Ruth Gilligan

Lecturer in Creative Writing

I am a bestselling novelist and journalist who joined Birmingham in September 2014. My research interests include world literature, transcultural fiction and Irish studies, with a particular emphasis on structure and form.

Dr Richard House

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Award-winning writer of fiction and short film. My interests are in long-form contemporary fiction, from the mid-80s on, which engage, in some way, with larger political or social frameworks.

Dr Luke Kennard

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

I am an award-winning poet, critic and writer of fiction, publishing on prose poetry and Absurdism in contemporary poetry.

Dr Richard Langley

Teaching Fellow in Film

With an academic grounding in American and Canadian Studies, and professional experience of television and film production, I am interested in multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. In particular, I am keen to develop a fusion of theory and practise by way of a multifaceted audio-visual academia that can function as a versatile teaching tool, and as a mode of publication and ...

Dr Alex Marlow-Mann

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Alex Marlow-Mann is a specialist on European (and particularly Italian) cinema with strong interests in regional cinemas, the politics of popular genre cinema, cognitive theory, film and emotion, and film preservation. He is the author of The New Neapolitan Cinema (EUP, 2011), the editor of Archival Film Festivals(StAFS, 2013) and has written numerous articles on cinema from the silent era to ...

Professor Rob Stone

Chair of European Film
Co-director of B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies

Spanish, Basque, Cuban, European and independent American cinema; further research interests in film theory and the politics of aesthetics, Modernism, Cubism, Surrealism and Spanish and Basque cultural and visual studies.

Dr Dan Vyleta

Senior Lecturer

Dan Vyleta is an award-winning novelist and cultural historian.