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Dr Tom Brown

Dr Tom Brown

Dr Tom BrownSenior Lecturer in Film Studies

Tel +44 (0) 207 848 2018
Film Studies Department
King's College London
Norfolk Building
Strand Campus



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.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • 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
  • Performance

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.

Selected Publications
  • 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.


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.

Expertise and Public Engagement

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. 


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