This site collates my work exploring cinema from its beginnings to the present day. My research and writing focuses on: film and media technologies; media, the environment, and climate change; gender, race, and class; identity and ethics; women in the creative industries; history and archives; and Star Wars. My most recent book, BFI Film Classics: The Empire Strikes Back (2020), is available from Bloomsbury.
I'm a university lecturer in the UK with over a decade's experience researching histories of film, which I share with audiences via print, the web, broadcast media, and social media. I'm also a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic and write mainly for Sight & Sound.
From October 2022, I have an AHRC Research, Development and Engagement fellowship for a project called 'The Environmental Impact of Filmmaking: Using Star Wars to Improve Sector Sustainability Practices.' The project explores the lifecycles of props and costumes made for the Star Wars franchise, from the extraction of raw materials through to waste disposal. We'll be identifying good practice - and areas for improvement - which we'll use to create online resources and workshops to support the screen sector in its ongoing quest to find greener ways to work. You can find out more about the research, including the four Star Wars case studies, at https://fass.open.ac.uk/research/projects/EIF.