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I studied at the Universities of Birmingham, Grenoble and Warwick, and completed my PhD on Hollywood remakes of French cinema at Southampton in 1996. I was appointed to the post of Senior Research Fellow in the School of Modern Languages in 1996 and along with a number of colleagues set about developing our Film Studies curriculum. I am now a Professor in Film Studies.

I have published widely in the field of film and television. From 2006 to 2010 I led a 4 year AHRC funded project tracing the history of French Cinema in Britain.

I teach courses on contemporary French cinema, French cinema of the 1930s and cinema and childhood.


  • –present
    Head of Film, University of Southampton


  • 2010
    Vulgar, nasty and French: selling French films to British audiences, Journal of British Cinema and Television