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Dr Russ Hunter

Assistant Professor

Department: Arts

Russ Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Studies in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University and works closely with a number of European film festivals. His work focuses upon two main research areas: film festivals and genre film (particularly Italian genre cinema). He has have given talks at a wide variety of international film festivals to both general audiences and to filmmakers, including Babel Film Festival (Cagliari, Italy), The European Minority Film Festival (Husum, Germany) and Sunderland Shorts Film Festival (Sunderland, UK).  Russ is currently working with a number of European genre film festivals, such as Offscreen Film Festival (Brussels, Belgium), Kurja Polt Genre Film Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Abertoir Horror Festival (Wales, UK), where he organises a variety of educational initiatives.

Russ recently co-edited Italian Horror Cinema with Dr Stefano Baschiera (Queens University Belfast) and is currently writing a book on Italian giallo and horror director Dario Argento. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as Studies in European Cinema, Film Studies, The Italianist and The Journal Italian of Cinema and Media Studies, as well as in books such as International Film Festivals: Contemporary Cultures and History Beyond Venice and Cannes (2018), Italian Horror Cinema (2016), Screening the Undead: Vampires and Zombies in Film & Television (2013) and European Horror since 1945 (2012).
He is a recognised expert on both film festivals and genre cinema and has provided analysis for numerous media outlets. In this respect, he has been interviewed for a variety of sources such as BUZZ (Brussels), Radio Študent (Slovenia) and Radiotelevizija Slovenija (Slovenia), as well as appearing on documentaries, such as: ‘Fascism on a thread: The strange story of Nazisploitation films’ for the American Severin release of Luigi Batzella’s The Beast in Heat (1977) and ‘The Prince of Plasma: The Gianetto de Rossi story’, a retrospective on Italian SFX/make-up maestro Gianetto De Rossi for the German Turbine release of Rob Cohen’s Daylight (1996) and the USA release of Killer Crocodile for Severin.
Russ has written for a number of popular film publications including When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals, This is Cinema, 101 Cult Films, 101 Action Films, 101 Horror Films, 101 War Films, 101 Science Fiction films, 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors.

Russ Hunter

My research interests lay in both the area of film festival studies and genre cinema. My current research is based around genre filmfestivals and  I also write on Italian horror cinema, European horror cinema and Italian genre cinema more generally.

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  • Prometheus by the Bay: Hollywood and tech capitalism in Silicon Valley, Street, J., Hunter, R. 1 Feb 2024, In: Journal of Popular Culture
  • Capturing European Crime: European Crime Cinema at European Film Festivals, Hunter, R. 1 Mar 2022, In: Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media
  • European crime films at European Film Festivals: Cannes, Berlin and Venice (Confidential), Hunter, R. 2021
  • The sign of the cross: Georges Melies and early Satanic cinema, Hunter, R. 5 Oct 2021, Giving the Devil His Due, New York, Fordham University Press
  • Cult cinema and film festivals, Hunter, R. 2 Dec 2019, The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Genre Film Festivals and Rethinking the Definition of “The Festival Film”, Hunter, R. 29 Sep 2018, The International Film Festivals: Contemporary Cultures and History Beyond Venice and Cannes, I. B. Tauris
  • Morasta mesta. Italijanski film okoljski diskurzi, Hunter, R. 1 Nov 2018, In: Kino!
  • 'I have a picture of the Monster!': Il mostro di Frankenstein and the search for Italian horror cinema, Hunter, R. 1 Mar 2017, In: Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies
  • Kurja Polt: Kulti, Klasike in ŽAnrski Odpadniki na 35 mm, Jones, S., Hunter, R., Egan, K., Sexton, J., Peče, M., Dariš, M., Krajnc, M., Nikolič, P., Lovrenov, M. 2017
  • Horrifically local? European horror and regional funding initiatives, Hunter, R. 1 Sep 2016, In: Film Studies

  • Sophie Freeman Adaptation to Survive: British Horror Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s Start Date: 21/12/2017 End Date: 07/03/2019
  • Jonathan Mack (Indie)mediality: Intermediality in Contemporary American Independent Film Start Date: 02/10/2012 End Date: 03/10/2016
  • Michael Guarneri Sanguisughe sexy: Vampires in Italian genre cinema between 1956 and 1975 Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 07/03/2019
  • Thomas Ellis The Art of Collecting Fancy Paper: Understanding the Assignment of Values to Collecting Alternative Movie Posters Start Date: 01/03/2015 End Date: 29/06/2021

  • PhD October 01 2006
  • Cultural Studies MA (Hons) July 31 2005
  • Politics MA (Hons) July 31 1999
  • Government BA (Hons) June 30 1998

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