Dr Tom Brown
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
Tel +44 (0) 207 848 2018
Film Studies Department
King's College London
Research Interests and PhD supervision
Tom Brown has a PhD Film Studies (University of Warwick), MA Film and Television Studies (University of Warwick), and BA Film Studies and French (University of Kent).
He was previously a Lecturer in Film at the University of Reading.
- The ‘classical’ cinemas of Hollywood and France
- The history of film spectacle (especially of the musical)
The representation of history on film
The relationship between practices of close interpretative analysis, film history and classic film theory
My work is invested in combining methodologies derived from film historiography, film theory and the practice of close analysis in innovative ways. I am particularly interested in cinematic narration (agency, rhetoric, self-consciousness etc.), the theorisation and historicisation of film spectacle (especially in the genres of the musical and the historical film) and in film’s representation of history more broadly.
I am interested in supervising work on the place of spectacle in popular cinemas, on the representation of history on film and on notions of film ‘classicism’. I am also interested in supervising work on acting/performance in popular cinema that engages in practices of close analysis and historical enquiry.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
- The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture, (co-edited with Belén Vidal) (Routledge, 2014).
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).
- Film Moments: Criticism History, Theory, edited with James Walters (London: BFI/Palgrave 2010).
- “The sort of film best watched on the radio”: Amazing Grace, the middlebrow biopic and the pleasures and perils of oratory' in The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture
- 'La Marseillaise (1938): the Performance of History' in Phillips, A. and Vincendeau, G (eds), A Companion to Jean Renoir (London: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2012).
For a complete list of publications, please see Tom's full research profile.
Expertise and Public Engagement
I teach the first year film history modules, Film History: 1930-1945 and Film History: 1945-1980. I also teaching the third year module Film Noir.
I organised the ‘Reading Cinema in Pieces’ event with the BFI Southbank in March 2011.
I am a Peer reviewer for the journal Screen and for publishers Routledge and Palgrave-Macmillan.