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PhD in Film Studies (2017) King’s College London.

MA in Contemporary Cinema Cultures (2008) King’s College London.

BA (Hons) in History of Art (2007), Goldsmiths, University of London.

Alice has previously taught at Queen Mary University of London, as well as at King’s.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Horror and Extreme Cinema
  • Motherhood and Film
  • Psychoanalysis

Alice Haylett Bryan’s research focuses on motherhood and film, particularly international horror and extreme cinema. Her doctoral thesis used horror cinema combined with culturally specific psychoanalytic theory to explore the symbiotic relationship between mother and child across the world. Alice has written widely on French horror and extreme cinema, especially the work of Catherine Breillat.

She is currently forming a research project on motherhood and the theories of spectatorship, and has publications forthcoming on race in contemporary French horror cinema, and Alice Lowe’s Prevenge as a text of prepartum anxiety.


Alice has taught modules on British horror cinema, contemporary European cinema and various aspects of film theory. 

Expertise and Public Engagement 

Co-organiser of the East Asian Screen Studies Conference, held at KCL in May 2014.

Selected Publications

  • ‘“I Only Like Seeing Myself in Small Bits”: Catherine Breillat’s Reflections of the Female Body’, Cine-Excess, No. 2 (2016)
  • ‘Surgery, Blood and Patriarchal Sex: Excision and American Mary’, in:Transgression in Anglo-American cinema: Gender, Sex and the Deviant Body, edited by Joel Robert Gwynne (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016)