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Thomas Joseph Watson

He is supervised by Dr Steve Jones and Dr Jamie Sexton. His research focuses on the formal manipulation of film and the augmentation of violence in contemporary audio-visual media. As a result, his research explores contemporary digital art installations and concepts of the glitch, crime documentary and discourses of censorship.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Representations of violence, censorship, pornography and associated legislation

Key Publications

Watson, Thomas Joseph (2013), ‘There’s something rotten in the state of Texas: Genre, adaptation and The Texas Vibrator Massacre’, Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance 6: 3, pp. 387 – 400.

Watson, Thomas Joseph (2014), ‘Rethinking History through Documentary: Paradise Lost and the Documented Case of ‘The West Memphis Three’ in Laura Mee and Johnny Walker (ed.) Cinema, Television and History: New Approaches (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing).


Watson, Thomas Joseph (2016), ‘Navajas, Razors and Machete’s…oh my! Neo-Grindhouse and the cult stardom of Danny Trejo’ in Austin Fisher and Johnny Walker (ed.) Grindhouse: Transcultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond (Bloomsbury)

Thomas is also a co-editor of the forthcoming collection Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (Bloomsbury, 2015).  

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