- Popular genres
- Film aesthetics
- Italian cinema
External roles and responsibilities
I studied at the Universities of Glasgow, Warwick and King's College, London, where I completed my AHRC-funded PhD research on post-war Italian melodrama. I published this research in 2014 with the title The Operatic and the Everyday in Post-war Italian Film Melodrama (Edinburgh University Press). I have also published on a range of other areas to do with Italian cinema, popular genres and aesthetics and am the author of the forthcoming collection of essays, Il cinema italiano: scritti su un'arte popolare, published by Meltemi.
More recently I have been concentrating on political analyses of retro, neoliberalism and nostalgia in contemporary cinema, journey narratives on film, as well as writing reviews for a range of publications. I have co-edited a range of volumes including Popular Italian Cinema, Journeys On Screen: Theory, Ethics and Aesthetics (which won an Honourable Mention in the BAFTSS Best edited collection prize, 2020), Folk Horror on Film: Return of the British Repressed as well as a special journal edition on Rome Open City, and on Memories of the Future: Historical Temporalities in Contemporary Film and Television.
I am developing a new research project on experiences of time as both an aesthetic and a political aspect of contemporary cinema. I organised the annual BAFTSS conference in 2021, which was hosted by the University of Southampton online on the topic of 'Time and the Body in Film, Television and Screen Studies'. I am Secretary of the Executive Committee of BAFTSS, a position elected by the BAFTSS membership. I have taught in Universities in the UK and in Rome, and have taught at the University of Southampton since September, 2015.
- BAFTSS 2020 Awards: Best Edited Collection (2020)