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Chris Grosvenor

Chris Grosvenor

After studying English Literature and Film Studies as an undergraduate at the University of Exeter (2010-13), followed by an MA in Film Studies at the University of Warwick (2013-14), Chris is now a PhD student at the University of Exeter.

His thesis - 'Cinema on the Front Line' - examines the role of the cinema as it intersected with the lives of those who served for Britain during the First World War, shining a light on a largely unacknowledged history within the discipline of film studies and military history. Chris is particularly interested in the history of cinematic exhibition for military audiences on the front lines themselves, often in very close proximity to the dangers of the battlefield. More broadly, his research interests include silent cinema, British film history, exhibition studies and the work of silent comedian Charlie Chaplin.

As a PT (Postgraduate Teacher) during the 2016/17 academic year, Chris has taught a seminar group for the Level 2 module 'Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture' and is currently teaching two seminar groups on the same module for the 2017/18 year. Chris has also taught as a guest tutor on EAF3513: British Screens, and as a tutor for the University of Exeter's Widening Participation programme.

Beyond his academic work Chris is a keen film fan and critic, having written for numerous publications. He been involved with the establishment and organisation of an award winning film society where he resided on the film selection committee, produced promotional material, including literature and short films, and introduced screenings for over 150 people. Chris also volunteers at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and sits on the museum's board as its student representative.


Supervisors: Dr. Joe Kember and Dr. Debra Ramsay.


EAF2510: Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture (University of Exeter) - Seminar Tutor (2017, 2018).

EAF3513: British Screens (University of Exeter) - Guest tutor, Week 2 (2016)

Widening Participation - WP Film Studies Session Tutor for Exeter Progression Programme, 8/2/2017; 14/2/2018.


'Discontinuity and the Tramp: Understanding Discontinuity as a Constitutive Element of Charles Chaplin’s ‘Charlie’ Identity', Exclamat!on: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2018), pp. 189-207 

'"At the Front" postcard series c.1916, the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum collection', Early Popular Visual Culture, Vol. 15, No. 4 (2017), pp.500-507.

Conference Papers

'The Dream that Kickstarts: Kickstarting Silent Film Restorations and Participatory Fan Culture', New Approaches to Silent Film Historiography, University of Leeds, September 2018.

‘"Ageless, Invincible and Unchanging": Sherlock Holmes, Transtextuality and Adaptation as Political Discourse', PGR College of Humanities - 'Crossing Boundaries' Conference, University of Exeter, 23rd April 2018.

'"Wake Up!": British Cinema, the Outbreak of War, and the Voluntary Recruiting Movement, 1914-1916', British Silent Film Festival Symposium, King's College London, 20th April 2018.

'The Forgotten Audience of First World War Cinema: The Evidence of Cinema Spectatorship in Official Military Documentation', Researching Past Cinema Audiences: Archives, Memories and Methods, Aberystwyth University, March 2018.

‘“He Sees Now What He Looked Like”: Soldier Spectators, Topical Films and the Problem of On-Screen Representation during WWI’, 27th Screen Studies Conference, June 2017.

‘Soldiers in the Archive: Uncovering the History of Military Cinema Audiences during WWI through the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum’, Invited Speaker, 20th Anniversary Lecture Event, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, March 2017.

‘Reels, Recovery and Rehabilitation: Examining the use of cinema entertainment for wounded disabled soldiers in WWI’ – PGR Conference of the Humanities, University of Exeter, April 2016

‘Cinema on the Front Line: Military Cinema Exhibition during the First World War’ – Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema, University of York, June 2015.  

‘Discontinuity and the Tramp: Chaplin’s ‘Charlie’ Persona’ – Film and Media 2014 Conference, University of London, June 2014.


Student Representative for the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum Board (2016 - )

Public Outreach

Radio Interview with BBC Devon regarding the centenary of the propaganda film The Battle of the Somme (1916), 2/7/2016

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum Podcast Series - Episode One.



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