Dr James Leggott
PhD in Film Studies, University of Newcastle, 2004
MA in Twentieth Century Film and Literature, University of Newcastle, 1999
BA (Hons) in English Literature, University of Newcastle, 1998
James completed a doctoral thesis on British social realist cinema in 2004 (University of Newcastle), and took up a lectureship in Film and Television Studies at Northumbria in 2006. His research has mostly been concerned with traditions of British film and television culture, particularly realist practices, contemporary cinema and popular television genres.
James has devised, taught and been module tutor for a range of core and specialist modules in film and television studies, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. They include: Film History, Film Aesthetics, Film Theory, Television Genres, National Cinemas, Cultural Identities and British Television, Film and Television Research Project, Film Theory: Concepts and Applications, Contemporary European Cinema, and Hitchcock and Beyond: British Cinema of the 1930s. He has acted as Programme Leader for the MA in Film Studies.
James’s research to date has been mostly focussed upon three broad areas: contemporary British film and television culture, traditions of realist cinema, and popular television genres. He is the author of Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror (Wallflower, 2008). In 2008 he was the recipient of an AHRC research grant to undertake research on the films of the Amber collective, and is currently preparing a monograph on the subject. Other publications include an edited anthology on British science fiction cinema and television, and chapters/articles on British cinema of the 1970s, reality television, and television comedy. James is editor of the Journal of Popular Television.
James currently supervises several PhDs on aspects of British cinema. He welcomes PhD proposals in relation to any of his research interests, and in particular: contemporary British cinema, traditions of realist cinema, and popular television genres.
Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror (Wallflower, 2008)
(edited collection with Tobias Hochscherf) British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays (Mcfarland, 2011)
Chapters and Articles
(with Claire Monk) ‘Contemporary British Cinema’. The Media in Contemporary Britain, edited by Julian Petley (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)
‘Working Title Films: From Mid-Atlantic to the Heart of Europe’, Film International, Vol. 8.6 (January 2011)
‘The films of Barney Platts-Mills’. Don’t Look Now: British Cinema of the 1970s, edited by Paul Newland (Intellect, 2010)
‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp and Invisible Television’, Critical Studies in Television, Vol. 5.1 (May 2010)
(with Tobias Hochscherf) ‘From the Kitchen to 10 Downing Street: Jamie’s School Dinners’. The Tube Has Spoken, edited by Ken Dvorak and Julie Taddeo (Kentucky University Press, 2009)
‘Nothing to Do Round Here: British Realist Cinema of the 1970s’. Seventies British Cinema, edited by Robert Shail (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
(with Tobias Hochscherf) ‘From Marks and Spencer to Marx and Engels: a transnational DEFA and Amber Film documentary project across the Iron Curtain’, Studies in Documentary Film, Vol. 2.2 (December 2008)
(with Tobias Hochscherf) ‘From Launch to Shooting Magpies: Locating the Amber Film Collective’. Made in Newcastle: Visual Culture in Newcastle upon Tyne, edited by Hilary Fawcett. (Northumbria University Press, 2007)
‘Like Father? Failing Parents and Angelic Children in Contemporary British Social Realist Cinema’. The Trouble With Men, edited by Phil Powrie, Ann Davies and Bruce Babington (Wallflower, 2004)
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