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Associate professor, University of Bradford

I am Associate Professor in Film and Media in the School of Media Design and Technology 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 film.

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 tutor MA and PhD students and welcome enquiries from prospective masters and doctoral students especially in the fields of 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:

I co-produced and co-directed the film 'Holy Terrors: Six Weird Tales by Arthur Machen' (2017):



  • –present
    S/L Film and Media, University of Bradford


  • 2010 
    University of Bradford, PhD