Most recently employed as Lecturer in Film Studies on a short-term contract at Queen Mary University of London, Stephen’s research is driven by a desire to investigate under-explored corners of film history. His recently completed doctoral thesis undertook a wide-ranging, historical analysis of a series of films produced in Australia between 1945 and 1960 by that ‘quintessentially British’ company, Ealing Studios.
As a dual Australian-British citizen, he has a particular interest in the intersection between the British and Australian cultural industries, notions of Australian identity in the British context, and the legacies of settler colonialism in Australia (and British settler colonialism more broadly). To that end, he serves as Co-Programmer for the London Australian Film Society & Festival, and runs The Far Paradise, an occasional blog project looking at Australian cinema in the UK. Since 2017, he has also served as Screenings Coordinator at the Menzies Australia Institute (King’s College London), where he devised and curates the annual Menzies Screening series, which focuses on expanding historical and contextual understandings of Australian and transnational cinema.
Australian cinema; British cinema; transnational cinema/s; settler colonialism; geology on film; early and silent cinema; film and media archiving.
PhD in Film Studies
King’s College London (UK)
Master of Arts in Film Studies (with Film Archiving) – Distinction
University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK)
Bachelor of Arts (Screen Studies) – Honours, 1st Class
Flinders University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia)