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Leanne Weston

Background

I hold a BA (1st Class) and an MA (Distinction) in Film and Television Studies both from the University of Warwick. My MA dissertation, ‘The Box Set and the Afterlife of Television,’ explored the role of DVD in increasing the accessibility and longevity of non-contemporary television. This work partially forms the basis of my PhD, which I began in October 2016 and submitted in March 2021.

In between my BA and MA, I undertook a PG cert in Film Journalism, delivered in conjunction with Sight and Sound, the BFI, and the University of Glasgow. Following this, I worked as a contributing writer for Cine Outsider for a number of years, writing on a wide range of film and television texts.

I am a member of the Centre for Television Histories, the Midlands Television Research Group, and the Songwriting Studies Research Network. I am the co-convenor of the BAFTSS Performance and Stardom Special Interest Group with Julie Lobalzo Wright.

Research Interests

My research interests include the use of popular music in film and television, stardom and performance, the biopic, the representation of gender in popular culture, television historiography, and film and television aesthetics.

Current Research

'Fascinating Rhythms: Music Programming, Memory and Materiality in Visual Culture.'
My PhD investigated the relationship between memory and cultural meaning through an exploration of non-contemporary music programming, whose longevity extends beyond its original transmission. This longevity is maintained through availability on DVD, online streaming, and on television itself outside the scheduled flow of dedicated music channels from the 1980s onwards. In providing greater access to music programming, these avenues offer the opportunity to not only investigate how we re-experience our cultural past and the nostalgia it generates, but also how such experiences are reflected within contemporary documentary series such as The People's History of Pop (2016-2017). My research also examined the aesthetics of music programming, and the transformation of popular music and its past into consumable products. It was funded by a CADRE (Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence) Scholarship.

Supervisor: Professor Rachel Moseley

Teaching

During the 2020 Autumn Tern, I will be working with Julie Lobalzo Wright on second year module Classical Hollywood Cinema, with a focus on online learning support. In previous years, I have been a TA on several modules, ranging from Discovering Cinema to Film and Television Analysis. I have lectured on the MA core module Screen Cultures and Methods on television flow, and curation and branding in post-broadcast television. I have also given a guest lecture on British music television for the undergraduate module Television History and Criticism, based upon elements of my doctoral research.

Publications
Conference Papers and Talks
  • 'Best Actress?: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Stardom and Star Myth in Feud: Bette and Joan,'

    Reinvigorating and Reinventing Stardom, University of Warwick, 2 November 2019.

  • '"This Woman’s Work": Call the Midwife, Gender, Genre and Hierarchies of Value,’ Reclaiming the Screen: Addressing Overlooked Women in Film and Television, De Montfort University, 14 June 2019.
  • 'Video Didn’t Kill the Radio Star: Visual Radio, Nostalgia, and Performing Authenticity,' Department Research Day, University of Warwick, 15 May 2019.
  • '"I know now. A terrible thing is coming": Watership Down, Music, and/as Horror,' Watership Down 40, University of Warwick, 10 November 2018.
  • “Yesterday Once More”: Screen Presence, Affect and Materiality in Music Television,' Screen Cultures, Birmingham City University, 10 July 2018.
  • 'Skam/Shame: Teen TV Goes Global,' International TV Study Day, University of Warwick, 21 June 2018.
  • ‘“That’s Entertainment:” The Old Grey Whistle Test, Music Television, Memory, and Legacy.' Music 625: The Performance of Music on Television, C.1955-’85, University of Leeds, 7-9 June 2018.
  • ‘“I Can [Still] Hear Music”: BBC Four, Branding, and Music Programming,' Department Research Day, University of Warwick, 16 May 2018.
  • ‘“What it Feels Like for a Girl”: Gender, Perspective and Empathy in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why,' Investigating Identities in Young Adult YA Narratives: One Day Symposium, University of Northampton, 16 December 2017.
  • 'Sound Affects: Music and Meaning in The Handmaid’s Tale,' The Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre, Adaptation A Two-Day Symposium, University of Worcester, 30 September – 1 October 2017.
  • ‘Memory and Materiality in Music Television,' Department Research Day, University of Warwick, 17 May 2017.
  • ‘Ode to Joy: Motherhood and Personhood in Lenny Abrahamson's Room.' Roles, University of Birmingham, 19 May 2016.
  • ‘“Written on the Body”: My Mad Fat Diary and Self-image or, How Rae Earl Learned to Love Herself,’ "Let's Hear It For The Girls": Girlhood, Media and Popular Culture, 1990 - present. University of Warwick, 12 March 2015.
Current Roles 
Past Roles
  • PhD representative of the Film and Television postgraduate SSLC (2016-2017).
  • Mentor to MA students applying for doctoral funding (2016-2017).
  • Member of the PGR Professional Development Student Panel (2016-2017).
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L dot K dot Weston at warwick dot ac dot uk

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