I am Head of Film and Media in the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Bradford.
I write about film, music and counterculture. My area of research is film history, specifically cult and experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s. I am an expert in the genre of the Italian 'mondo' film, a form of sensationalist documentary, and have delivered many conference papers and published many essays on the subject.
More recently, I have developed projects on music and 'countercultural studies' (pop festivals, The Beatles, music and the occult, graphic arts and comics etc.). My recent monograph is Gathering of the Tribe: Music and Heavy Conscious Creation, a study of the occult and popular music. I am currently adapting the stories of Welsh supernatural horror writer Arthur Machen into a series of short films.
I tutor MA and PhD students and welcome enquiries from prospective masters and doctoral students especially in the fields of cult and avant-garde film and media, popular music and experimental processes.
I am a guest programmer for the annual Bradford Film festival and have curated retrospectives on filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti, Peter Whitehead, Thierry Zeno, Godfrey Reggio, Nicolas Roeg and Harry Kumel.
I organise the TIMECODE research seminar series:
I am the editor of 'The Firminist', a periodical dedicated to the life and work of British author Malcolm Lowry: