"Very illuminating and good fun."
"An interesting and informative review of the director and their films."
"Really well delivered. Interactive, informed, enthusiastic and fun. First class!."
"Delivered enthusiastically at an accessible level for non-specialists. Has added to my enjoyment of watching films."
"Informative, clearly explained. Many opportunities to ask questions and to share knowledge with the group."
Lads of the Village: from stage to screen to court
British Silent Film Symposium, Kings College London, April 2018
Making Progress on Progress Films
British Silent Film Symposium, Kings College London, April 2017
Face 2 Face: An examination of the creator and creation in films featuring plastic surgery
(Dis)Connected Forms - Narratives on the Fractured Self Conference, University of Hull, September 2016
Charlie Chaplin and World War One
University of Chichester Research Conference, July 2016
Charlie Chaplin in the British Press
British Silent Film Symposium, Kings College London, April 2016
Alice in Wonderland, a Gothic Perspective
St Mary's University Research Conference, March 2016
Which Way? Film Adaptations of Alice in Wonderland
Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy Conference, Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairytales & Fantasy, University of Chichester, May 2015
Making a Living: Charlie Chaplin's Finances 1906 – 1916
The Tramp at 100 Conference
Bologna, June 2014
Whether you are after an in-depth look at the work of a particular film director; or fancy spending a couple of hours studying the objectification of the male body in film - do get in touch.
I offer a wide range of courses, talks and special interest days, and I am always happy to adjust or combine topics to provide you with the subject and format that best suits your programme and audience.
I hope you'll find something here of interest.
Film Directors and Stars
Agnes Varda - Al Pacino - Alice Guy-Blache - Alfred Hitchcock - Andrea Arnold - Ang Lee - Audrey Hepburn - Baz Luhrmann - Billy Wilder - Charlie Chaplin - Clio Barnard - Coen Brothers - Deniz Gamze Ergüven - Dorothy Arznar - Dorothy Davenport - Frank Capra - Ida Lupino - Jean-Luc Godard - F W Murnau - Fritz Lang - Howard Hawks - Jafar Panahi - James Mason - Jane Campion - Joan Morgan - Joanna Hogg - Kathryn Bigelow - Ken Loach - Kevin Smith - Leni Riefenstahl - Lois Weber - Lynne Ramsay - Marilyn Monroe - Martin Scorsese - Mike Figgis - Nell Shipman - Francois Truffaut - Mira Nair - Orson Welles - Pedro Almodovar - Quentin Tarantino - Robert de Niro - Roman Polanski - Sally Potter - Stephen Frears - Steven Soderbergh - Steven Spielberg - Terry Gilliam - Tim Burton
Bio-Pics - Christmas - Comedy - Crime - Documentary - Film Noir - Genre Overview - Gothic - Holocaust - Horror - James Bond - Musical - Sci-Fi - War - Western
1939 (the best year?) - Artists on Film - Auteur - Blockbuster - Censorship/Classification - Christmas - Cinemagoing - Fans and Fandom - Film Form - Gender - Independent Cinema - Hollywood 1967-1977 - Marketing - Objectification - Plastic Surgery (films featuring) - Shocking Cinema - Silent Cinema - Spectatorship - Stars - Studio System - Studying Film - Women film directors
From page to screen
Literary Adaptations Overview - Jane Austen: overview or individual titles - Macbeth - Taming of the Shrew - Alice in Wonderland - Les Liaison Dangereuses - Stephen King - Wuthering Heights - Dracula - The Phantom of the Opera - Frankenstein - Jekyll & Hyde - Gothic Overview
Australia - British - Dogme95 - French New Wave - German 2nd World War - German Expressionism - Hollywood - Iranian - Italian Neo Realism
How Films are Made
Cinematography - Costume and Make Up - Editing - Mise en Scene - Music - Performance - Screenwriting - Sound - Stunts - Special Effects
Costume - Crime - Documentary (from both theoretical and 'making-of' perspective) - Fantasy - Reality TV - Vampire