Dr Christopher Holliday
Liberal Arts Early Career Development Fellow in Film Studies
Tel +44 (0) 207 848 6139
Address:Liberal Arts Department
King’s College London4.52 Virgina Woolf Building Strand Campus London WC2B 6LE
PhD and research supervision
Christopher gained his PhD in Film Studies from King’s College in 2013, with a doctoral thesis on the computer-animated feature film. He was previously an undergraduate and postgraduate student at the University of Warwick, where he graduated with a BA Honours degree in Film and Television Studies (2006) and an MA for Research in Film and Television Studies (2008).
Christopher has taught many aspects of Film Studies at a variety of institutions, convening modules on animation history, film genre, digital media, international film history and contemporary Hollywood cinema. He has worked as an Associate Lecturer at both the University of Kent and University of Surrey, and recently taught on the BA Film Practice course at London South Bank University. He was formerly a Graduate Teaching Assistant (2010-2015) and Teaching Fellow (2015-2017) in Film Studies at King’s, and since 2014 has also acted as convenor of the “London and Film” course for the university’s Summer School programme.
- the historiography of animation theory
- digital media and film technology
- the interdependence of style and meaning in popular Hollywood cinema
- genre theory
- contemporary British film and television
Christopher’s work develops an interpretive dialogue between the critical study of animation and the rhetoric and appreciation of film style through practices of close textual analysis. He has published several book chapters and articles on digital animation, including in Animation Practice, Process & Production and animation: an interdisciplinary journal, and has work forthcoming on topics ranging from the Walt Disney and Aardman studios to contemporary DVD culture and the James Bond film franchise. He is currently writing a monograph titled The Computer-Animated Film: Industry, Style and Genre, and is co-editing a collection of essays that examines the historical, cultural and theoretical points of intersection between fantasy and animation.
Expertise and public engagement
- “I’m not a real boy, I’m a puppet”: Computer-Animated Films and Anthropomorphic Subjectivity,” animation: an interdisciplinary journal 11, no. 3 (November 2016): 246–262.
- Mothering the Bond/M relation in Skyfall (2012) and the Bond Girl Intervention,” For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond, ed. Lisa M. Funnell (London & New York: Wallflower Press, 2015), 265–273.
- “Carl’s Moving Castle: ‘Animated’ houses and the Renovation of Child’s Play in Up (2009),” Spaces of the Cinematic Home: Behind the Screen Door, eds. Fran Pheasant-Kelly, Stella Hockenhull & Eleanor Andrews (London: Routledge, 2015), 19–31.
- “The Accented American: the new voices of British stardom on US television,” Journal of British Cinema and Television 12, no. 1 (January 2015): 63–82.
- Notes on a Luxo world,” Animation Practice, Process & Production 4, no. 1 (2014): 67–95
Christopher is a member of the Society for Animation Studies, and co-editor of the society’s bi-annual newsletter. He has given talks on animation for Birkbeck College’s Contemporary Fiction and King’s Film Studies Graduate Research seminar series in London, and as part of the “Animation: 100 Years of Artistry and Innovation” event at the University of Surrey. More recently, he was invited to speak at the “Digital Futures: Film and Media and the EU Single Digital Market” symposium, sponsored by the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative and hosted by the University of Leeds.
Christopher was the co-organiser of the “New Perspectives on Animation” event held at King’s (March 2012), and both the “Fantasy/Animation: A Conference on Media, Medium and Genre” (September 2015) and “30 Years of Pixar Animation Studios” (December 2016) conferences hosted by the university. In September 2017, Christopher also acted as co-organiser of the annual Anifest symposium held at Canterbury Christ Church University.