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Professor Helen Hanson

Research supervision

I am open to discussing research proposals on any relevant subject given my research expertise (see overview section).  

I am especially  happy to consider working with candidates with interests in the following areas:

  • Hollywood cinema - its history, industry, creative figures, stars, or institutions
  • Film technologies - invention, innovation, change
  • Feminist approaches to film - feminist film theory and historiography
  • Adaptation theory and practice
  • Any area of film sound and music


Research students

Research Students (Completed)

Amy McGill 'The Contemporary Hollywood Film Soundtrack: Professional Practicses and Sonic Styles Since the 1970s' (2008)

Lisa Stead 'Female Writing and British Silent Film Culture 1918-1928' (2011)

Sarah Fanning 'Changing Fictions of Masculinity: Adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights 1939-2009' (2012)

Ruth Farrar 'Creating Soundscapes: A Creative, Technological and Theoretical Investigation of Binaural Technology Usage' (2014)

Research Students (Current)

Aygul Bakanova 'Female characterisation in the screenplay' (Phd by Practice - Exeter-London Film School Doctoral Partnership)

Karrie Grobben 'Girlhood in the Contemporary Fairytale Cycle' (AHRC funded)

Kate Tresidder 'James Stewart: Star Persona and Performance'

Greg Loftin, 'Storyworlds and the Screenplay' (PhD by Practice)

Gemma Edney, 'Sound, Music, Voice and Girlhood in Contemporary French Cinema' 

Katie Newstead, 'Representations of Ageing in Fairytale Films'