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Dr Matt Denny

Teaching Fellow

Email: m dot denny at warwick dot ac dot uk
Room A0.25
Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


I am a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Film and Television Studies, and acting Director of Student Experience and Progression. I completed both undergraduate and postgraduate study in the department. I hold a First Class BA in Film and Literature, an MA For Research in Film and Television Study, and earned my PhD in Film and Television Studies in 2016. My doctoral thesis is concerned with theories of film authorship and postmodern cinema. Most recently, co-edited a special issue of the journal Film-Philosophy with Prof. Catherine Constable (Warwick) and Dr Timotheus Vermeulen (Oslo)

Current Teaching

I am the module convener for Discovering Cinema, teaching with Leanne Weston. I am also responsible for organising the first year student skills module FTV101, as well as contributing to the IATL module Genetics: Science and Society. I have previously taught on Hollywood Cinema, Postmodern Hollywood, and Film Aesthetics modules.

Research Interests

  • Film Theory; particularly theories of film authorship, genre, postmodernism, and post-structuralist theory and film
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; specialising in action cinema and post-classical style
  • Horror Cinema; with particular interest in British Horror cinema, definitions of the gothic, and folk horror
  • Film-philosophy; including R.G. Collingwood's philosophy of art, Nietzsche (particularly depictions of eternal recurrence), and representations of the posthuman


‘Deconstructing Depth: Proximity and Contemplation in Déjà Vu’, Film-Philosophy Special Issue: The Surfaces of Film-Philosophy, 22:2, (2018) 240-260 [available here]

‘Introduction: The Surfaces of Film-Philosophy’, Film-Philosophy Special Issue: The Surfaces of Film-Philosophy, 22:2, (2018) 143-147 (co-author) [available here]

‘In Celebration of Her Wickedness?: Critical Intertextuality and the Female Vampire in Byzantium’, in Gender and Contemporary Horror in Film, edited by Samantha Holland, Robert Shail, and Steven Gerrard (Bingley: Emerald Publishing, 2019)

Conference Papers

'Tony Scott's Déjà Vu (2006): Looking Again at Spectacle, Style, and Substance'
Film-Philosophy Conference, 20th – 22nd June 2015, Oxford University

'In Celebration of Her Wickedness? Critical Intertextuality and the Female Vampire in Byzantium'
Fear 2000 Conference, 21st – 22nd April 2017, Sheffield Hallam University

'Don’t Call it a Horror Film: The Uses of the Gothic in Crimson Peak'
Gothic Feminisms Conference, 24th – 26th May 2017, University of Kent Canterbury

'The Postmodern Auteur: A New Wave Legacy'
The American New Wave: A Retrospective, 4th – 6th July 2017, Bangor University

‘Robotic Revenants and Machine Ghosts: Posthuman Hauntings in Transcendence and Be Right Back
CATH Postgraduate Conference: ‘It is true, we shall be monsters’: new perspectives on horror, science fiction and the monstrous onscreen, 13th June 2018, De Montfort University,

‘Gothic, Folk, and Post: Labels and Value in Horror Cinema’
International Gothic association Conference 2018: Gothic Hybridities: Interdisciplinary, Multimodal and Transhistorical Approaches, July 31st–August 3rd 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University

‘Acting Like He has Genuine Emotions: Human and Inhuman Characters in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Character as Character: Understanding and Appreciating People in films, 13th October 2018, University of Bristol 2018 [forthcoming]

‘“The Field … The Field … It’s Covered in Blood!”: Watership Down as Folk Horror’
The legacy of Watership Down: Animals, Adaptation, Animation, 10th November 2018, The University of Warwick

AI and Gender Trouble Podcast

I appear as one of the contributors to the Gender and AI Podcast, a project devised and organised by Dr Nike Jung (Universität Tübingen)

Both sessions of the podcast are available now to stream

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