Middlebrow Cinema

European Cinema Studies at Exeter

As part of the Visual Culture Research Group, Sally Faulkner, Fiona Handyside, Will Higbee and Danielle Hipkins form a team with expertise in French, Italian and Spanish cinemas. Beyond Europe, Exeter specialists have also published on Mexican, Hollywood and African film. Their work interrogates the notion of 'national cinema', and, collectively, they have published on transnational film, feminism and film, stars, audiences, space, literary adaptations, political cinema, and the middlebrow. They present their work frequently at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research (founded in 1999 by former Modern Languages film specialist, Susan Hayward, as the Centre for Research in Film Studies) and the Centre for Translating Cultures founded in 2012 by Faulkner) and participate regularly in the University of Exeter’s collaboration with Exeter Picture House, Screen Talks, organised by Helen Hanson. Hipkins is CI on a major AHRC Grant-funded project 'In search of Italian cinema audiences in the 1940s and 1950s: Gender, Genre and National Identity' and Faulkner leads 'Middlebrow Cinema', a project which developed from an AHRC Fellowship.