Professor Rob Stone BA, PhD


Professor of Film

Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies


Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Professor Rob Stone is Chair of European Film and Director of B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies. He has published widely on Spanish, Basque, Cuban, European and independent American cinema and has further research interests in film theory and the politics of aesthetics, Modernism, Cubism, Surrealism and Spanish and Basque cultural and visual studies.


BA (Film and Art)

PhD (Spanish film and literature)


After graduating in film studies and art history, I worked for several years in Spain and completed my doctoral studies on Spanish film and literature at the University of Wales. I then worked as lecturer in the University of Aberystwyth before moving to Swansea University in 2004, where I was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Media and Communication.

I was made Professor in 2007 and this was recognised by ANECA (Spanish Government) in 2010. I became Chair of European Film at the University of Birmingham in 2012. For 2012-14 I was awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust enabling me to work on a monograph on Basque cinema with a colleague from the University of Deusto in San Sebastian.


I teach on a wide range of modules related to film and visual studies. Subjects include:

  • Hispanic film and culture
  • Transnational cinema and media
  • European philosophy in relation to cinema (Bergson, Deleuze, Bakhtin, Baudrillard)
  • European cinema
  • Hollywood
  • Film theory
  • Independent American Cinema
  • Basque cinema, politics and literature
  • Surrealism
  • Cubism
  • Genres: musical, western, film noir
  • Spanish and Latin American cinema
  • Gender and cinema
  • Media authorship
  • New screen technologies and formats
  • Short film making.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries about research supervision in all areas of film studies. I have supervised research theses on Basque film and literature, film theory, European cinema, Eastern European cinema, film genres, contemporary transnational cinema and American television drama.


I have a wide range of research interests related to film studies and have published on Hispanic cinema (particularly, Spanish, Basque and Cuban cinema) and on European cinema and independent American cinema. My research is currently dedicated to Modernism and film - particularly in relation to Surrealism and Cubism - and to Basque cinema.

I am also working on projects that deal in contemporary Cuban cinema, Spanish thrillers, cinematic representations of the special relationship between the UK and USA, and the evolution of heritage cinema in Europe. I have contributed to Time Out, Cinemascope and Sight & Sound as well as film notes and commentary to the Region 2 DVDs of the films of Julio Medem. I have published in English, Spanish and Italian and have been awarded major research grants by the AHRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

Other activities

I serve on the review panels of GAČR, The Czech Science Foundation, the Qatar National Research Fund, and the Review Panel of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

I am editorial board member of Studies in European Cinema (Intellect) and the Hispanic Research Journal with special responsibility for the annual issue on Screen Arts. I am also on the advisory board of Studies in Hispanic Cinemas (Intellect), editorial board member of University of Wales Press, Hispanic and Latin American series and advisory board member of Cuadernos de comunicación at ESCO, Granada.

I am reader and reviewer for Manchester University Press, Palgrave-Macmillan, Blackwell, Centre for Basque Studies at the University of Reno, Nevada, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Glasgow), Modern Language Review, Romance Studies, New Cinemas, Hispanic Research Journal, Journal of Latin American Studies, International Journal of Iberian Studies, Revista Canadiense de estudios hispánicos, Studies in European Cinemas, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, and Journal of War and Culture Studies.

I have provided consultancy, onscreen film notes and full-length feature audio commentary on the Metro-Tartan DVD release of Julio Medem’s Basque Ball (2005) and I curated a season of Basque Cinema at the National Film Theatre, London in May 2004. I have spoken by invitation at a great number of universities in the UK, Cuba, Spain and the USA as well as a Cultural Committee Meeting at the House of Commons, Westminster. I have also appeared as panellist on film magazine programmes on Radio Nacional Española and Radio Madrid.

I am currently working on various projects including a UK-Latin America and the Caribbean Link Programme on the subject of contemporary Cuban cinema, a network project on heritage cinema, and an interdisciplinary project on the special relationship between the UK and USA.



Stone, R. & M. P. Rodríguez (2015) Basque Cinema: History, Politics, Art.

Stone, R. (2013) Walk, Don’t Run: The Cinema of Richard Linklater. Wallflower Press / Columbia University Press.

Stone, R. & J. D. Gutiérrez-Albilla (eds) (2013) The Companion to Luis Buñuel. Wiley-Blackwell.

Stone, R. & L. Shaw (eds) (2012) Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Stone, R. (2007) Julio Medem. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Paperback edition published in 2012.

Stone, R. & G. Harper (eds) (2007) The Unsilvered Screen: Surrealism on Film. Wallflower.

Stone, R. (2004) Flamenco in the Works of Federico García Lorca and Carlos Saura: The Wounded Throat. New York and Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 312pp.

Stone, R. (2002) Spanish Cinema. Longman, 224pp.

Articles in Journals

Stone, R. (2011) ‘Time of Death’, Short Film Studies, Intellect, 1.2., 183-86.

Stone, R. (2010) ‘The Coding of Aesthetic & Thematic Discourse in a Cinematic Mnemonic: The Case of “Ama Lur” (1968)’, Journal of European Studies, Sage, 40.3, 230-42.

Stone, R. (2010) ‘Ambition’s Debt: An Interview with Richard Linklater’, Sight & Sound 20.1, 34-6.

Stone, R. (2007) ‘Notes from Region 2: The State of European Cinema’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Taylor and Francis, 15.1, 5-14. 

Stone, R. (2004) ‘Animals Were Harmed During the Making of this Film: A Cruel Reality in Hispanic Cinema’, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, Intellect, 1.2., 75-84.

Stone, R. and H. Jones (2004) ‘Mapping the Gendered Space of the Basque Country’, Studies in European Cinema, Intellect, 1.1, 43-55.

Stone, R. (2004) ‘Julio Medem's Basque Balls: "La Pelota Vasca"’, Vertigo, 2.6, Spring 2004, 46-48.

Stone, R. (2003) ‘Breaking the Spell: Carlos Saura's “El amor brujo” and el desencanto’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, LXXX, 5, 573-92.

Stone, R. (2002) ‘No Sólo Hable, Sino Escuche: Pedro Almodóvar’s “Hable con ella”’, Academia: Revista de la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España, 32, 46-54.

Stone, R. (2001) 'Through a Glass Darkly: Ritual and Transition in Carlos Saura's “Bodas de sangre”', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool), LXXVIII, 199-215.

Stone, R. (2000) 'Quiero llorar: Lorca and the Flamenco Tradition in “Poeta en Nueva York”', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, (Glasgow), LXXVII, 83-100.

Stone, R. (2000) 'El camino de los ayes: The Concept of Pilgrimage in “Romancero gitano”', Neophilologus, LXXXIV, pp. 225-40.

Stone, R. (1999) 'Misticismo y lujuria: The Sacred and the Profane in “Poema del cante jondo”', Anales de la literatura española contemporánea, XXIV, 213-26.

Stone, R. (1998) 'Designing Women: “Vertigo”, “Carmen” and “La ardilla roja”', Tesserae, IV, 173-82.

Chapters in Edited Books

Stone, R. and P. Cooke (2013) ‘Transatlantic Drift: Hobos, Slackers, Flâneurs, Idiots and Edukators’ in Nagib, L. and A. Jersley (eds), Impure Cinema: Intermedial and Intercultural Approaches to Film. London / New York: I.B. Tauris.

Stone, R. (2013) ‘Interview with Juan Luis Buñuel’ in Stone, R. and J. D. Gutiérrez-Albilla (eds), The Companion to Luis Buñuel. Wiley-Blackwell.

Stone, R. and J. D. Gutiérrez-Albilla (2013) ‘The Criminal Life of Luis Buñuel ’ in Stone, R. and J. D. Gutiérrez-Albilla (eds), The Companion to Luis Buñuel. Blackwell. In press.

Stone, R. (2012) ‘1961: Las otras’ in Martínez Herranz, A. (ed.) La España de ‘Viridiana’. University of Zaragoza Press / Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza.

Stone, R. and M. P. Rodríguez (2012) ‘Sex and Violence: Cinematic Representations of Gender and ETA’ in Peretti, L and V. Roghi (eds), Immagini di piombo: Cinema, storia e terrorismi in Europa. Milan: Bevivino.

Stone, R. (2012) ‘Song-Shaped Cinema: The Performance of Gypsy and Basque Songs in Relation to Film Form’ in Stone, R. and L. Shaw (eds), Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Stone, R. and L. Shaw (2012) ‘Introduction’ in Stone, R. and L. Shaw (eds), Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Stone, R. (2012) ‘En la ciudad de Sylvia and the durée of a derivé’ in Delgado, M. and R. Fiddian (eds), Spanish Cinema 1973-2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Stone, R. (2011) ‘Bits and Bytes: Film Studies through New Technologies’ in Pando Canteli, M. J. (ed.) Conjunctions and Disruptions: Communication, Information and Media Studies in Europe. University of Deusto, 163-76.

Stone, R. (2011) ‘Compás y la reterritorialización del tiempo’ in Lefere, R. (ed.), Carlos Saura: una trayectoria ejemplar. Madrid: Visor Press, 95-111.

Stone, R. (2011) ‘Al mal tiempo, buena cara: Spanish Slackers, Time-Images, New Media and the New Spanish Cinema Law’ in Davies, A. (ed.), Spain on Screen: Developments in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan, 41-59.

Stone, R. (2009) ‘Remaining Bodies; The Time-Image as Terrorist Act’ in Rodríguez, M. P. (ed.), Cultural and Media Studies: Basque / European Perspectives. Reno: University of Nevada Press, Center for Basque Studies, 81-99.

Stone, R. (2007) ‘Between Sunrise and Sunset: An Elliptical Dialogue between European and American Cinema’ in Cooke, P. (ed.), Dialogues with Hollywood: World Cinema’s Relationship with American Film Culture. Palgrave, 218-37. 

Stone, R. (2007) ‘Killing Time In Cuba: Juan Carlos Tabío’s “Lista de espera” (2000)’ in Shaw, D. (ed.), Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Rowan and Littlefield, 135-52. 

Stone, R. (2007) 'Spanish Film Noir’ in Spicer, A. (ed.), European Film Noir. Manchester University Press, 185-209.

Stone, R. (2007) ‘Eye To Eye: The Persistence of Surrealism in Spanish Cinema’ in Harper, G. & R. Stone (eds), The Unsilvered Screen: Surrealism on Film. Wallflower Press, 23-37.

Stone, R. (2006) ‘Mother Lands, Sister Nations: The Epic, Poetic, Propaganda Films of Cuba and the Basque Country’ in Dennison, S. & Song Hwee Lim (eds), Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics in Film. London and New York: Wallflower Press, 65-72.

Stone, R. (2004) ‘¡Victoria?: A Modern Magdalene’ in Marsh, S. & P. Nair (eds), Gender in Spanish Cinema. Berg Publishers, 165-82.

Edited Journals

Stone, R. & Preece, J. (2010) Journal of European Studies, 40.3.

Stone, R. & Cooke, P. (2007) Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 15:1. 

Stone, R. & Cooke, P. (2006) New Cinemas, 4: 2.

Stone, R. & Cooke, P. (2004) Studies in European Cinema, 1:2.

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