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Dr. Julie Lobalzo Wright


Teaching Fellow in Film & Television Studies

MA Admissions | Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Champion | LGBTUA+ Supporter

Tel: +44 24765 22703

Room A0.15, Millburn House


Julie Lobalzo Wright holds a BA in English with an emphasis on Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver, MA in Film Studies from Queen Mary, University of London and a PhD in Film Studies from King’s College London. Her PhD examined crossover stardom, particularly male popular music stars in British and American cinema. Julie is the co-convenor (with Lisa Duffy) of the BAFTSS Performance and Stardom Special Interest Group (

Research Interests

Her main research interests are in film stardom, popular music and cinema, musicals, masculinity in film, and animation. She is co-editing a collection that explores the generic classification of musical films (Musicals at the Margins), contributing a chapter on lip-syncing and RuPaul's Drag Race (‘Camp and the Celebration of the Popular Song in RuPaul’s Drag Race “Lip Sync for Your Life”’) and was the co-organiser of the Reinvigorating and Reinventing Stardom symposium, that took place at Warwick on 2 November 2019 (


  • [manuscript stage] Musicals at the Margins: Genre, Boundaries, Canons, co-edited with Martha Shearer (Bloomsbury, 2021)
  • Crossover Stardom: Popular Male Music Stars in American Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2017; paperback, 2019).
  • Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure, co-edited with Lucy Bolton (Palgrave, 2016) [Winner of the BAFTSS award for Best Edited Collection in 2017]
  • 'Animation and the Star Body', Film/Philosophy, Vol. 23, issue 2 (Special Issue on Stardom and Philosophy, ed. Lucy Bolton), pp. 194-211 (2019).
  • ‘The all-American golden boy: Robert Redford, blond hair and masculinity in Hollywood’, Celebrity Studies, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (Special Issue: Blondes, ed. Ginette Vincendeau) (2016).
  • [manuscript stage] “‘I’m not haunted by Annie Hall. I’m happy to be Annie Hall”: the Tangled Relationship Between Annie and Diane’ in Remembering Annie Hall, edited by Jonathan Ellis and Ana María Sanchez-Arce (Bloomsbury, 2021).
  • [manuscript stage] “‘Watch Closely Now’: The Mythology of Stardom in the Musical A Star is Born Films” in The Oxford Handbook of the Hollywood Musical, Edited by Dominic McHugh (Oxford, 2021).
  • [in production] "'This is a F**king Business: The Concert Show and Tour in 1970s Hollywood Fiction Films" in Mapping the Rockumentary: Images of Sound and Fury, edited by Scott MacKenzie and Gunnar Iversen (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)
  • “The Boy Kept Swinging: David Bowie, Music Video, and the Star Image” in Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media, edited by Michael Goddard, Kirsty Fairclough-Issacs, Gina Arnold and Danny Cookney (Bloomsbury, 2017).
  • "From Boy N the Hood to Hollywood Mogul: Ice Cube’s Lasting Stardom in Contemporary Hollywood" in Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure, edited by Lucy Bolton and Julie Lobalzo Wright (Palgrave, 2016).
  • “David Bowie is the Extraordinary Rock Star as Film Star” in David Bowie: Critical Perspectives, edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin Power (Routledge, 2014).
  • “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 60s: The Opposing Gazes of Woodstock and Gimme Shelter” in The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop, edited by Benjamin Halligan, Kirsty Fairclough-Issacs and Rob Edgar (Routledge, 2013).
  • Review of Julie Christie, Melanie Bell, Women’s History Review 26, no. 3 (2017).
  • Review of Female Celebrity and Ageing: Back in the Spotlight, edited by Deborah Jermyn and In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity, edited by Su Holmes and Diane Negra, NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies (Autumn 2014).
  • Review of The British Pop Music Film: The Beatles and Beyond, Stephen Glynn, The Journal of British Cinema and Television, Journal of British Cinema and Television 11, no. 2-3 (2014).
  • Review of Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification, edited by Kate Egan and Sarah Thomas, Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television 34, no. 1 (2014).
  • Review of Hollywood’s Last Golden Age: Politics, Society, and the Seventies Film in America, Jonathan Kirshner, The Journal of Popular Culture 46, no. 5 (2013).
  • Written for The Conversation and Viewfinder (The British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council)
Selection of Conference Papers and Talks
  • ‘The Self-Authored Star Image: Kirk Douglas’ Real Life and Hollywood Legacy’, SCMS, Toronto, Canada, 14-18 March 2018.

  • ‘“I’m the Song”: Bing Crosby’s Body in Film’, NECS Conference, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, 29 June- 1 July 2017.
  • ‘Under the Cherry Moon: Sexuality, Race and Hollywood in “A Film by Prince”’, Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince’, University of Salford, 24-26 May 2017.
  • ‘Easy Come, Easy Go: Elvis Presley and Musical Classification’, BAFTSS Conference at the University of Bristol, 20-21 April 2017.
  • ‘Kirk Douglas: The Movies, The Muscles, The Dimple’, 19 September 2016. Part of the Kirk Douglas Season at the British Film Institute.
  • “Will Smith’s Peter Pan Syndrome,” Celebrity Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, 19-21 June 2014.
  • “The Rolling Stones’ British and American Identity,” Mad Dogs and ‘Englishness’: Popular Music and English Identities at St. Mary’s University College, 20-21 June 2013.
  • “The Crossover: Why Popular Music Stardom and Film Stardom are Often at Odds With One Another,” Revisiting Star Studies at Newcastle University, 12-14 June 2013.
  • “All These Things That I’ve Done”: Justin Timberlake, The Killers and Southland Tales,” The Afterlife of the Film Song Symposium at the University of Bristol, 8 December 2012.
  • “The Extraordinary Rock Star as Film Star: David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth,” A Strange Fascination?: A Symposium on David Bowie at the University of Limerick, 26-27 October 2012.
  • “Romance, Masculinity and the Star Image: The Work of Leonardo DiCaprio.” Film and Media 2012 at the Institute of Education, University of London, 22-24 June 2012.
  • Tougher Than Leather: Run-DMC, Blaxploitation and Hip Hop Cinema.” The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference in Boston, MA, 11-14 April 2012.
Public Engagment
  • Co-organiser of the "Hollywood Musical Stars" Study Day, BFI, 26 October 2019
  • Panelist on 'Kubrick and Masculinity', BFI, 15 May 2019
  • Panelist on 'The Seven Faces of Bond', Edinburgh Spy Week, 9 April 2019
  • Co-organiser of the student-run film festival, Pushing Boundaries: 1960s British Cinema and its Pioneering Stars, at the Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday 29 April 2018 (
  • 'Glamour, Excess, and Transformation: Jewellery in Hollywood Cinema', part of the Love and Desire in Gems and Jewels Study Day, V&A Museum, 20 January 2018
  • ‘An Introduction to Analysing Film’ Masterclass, Warwick Arts Centre, 12 August 2017
  • ‘In Conversation: Lasting Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure’, 9 June 2016. With Lucy Bolton and guests at the National Portrait Gallery
  • Appeared on TRT World, BBC Radio Coventry/Warwickshire, BBC Radio Scotland, News Talk 'Talking History', Monocole 24 Radio ('Sunday Brunch')


I have taught on many modules that examined stardom and performance, film history, British cinema, Hollywood as an industry, animation and female film directors. At Warwick, I have convened and/or taught the first year modules Film and TV Analysis and Visual Cultures; second year module National Cinemas (British cinema); and third year modules Film and TV Stardom and The Art of Animation; in addition to the (former) outside module Discovering Cinema; and the MA Core module, Screen Cultures and Methods.

In 2020/2021, I will convene the second year core module Classical Hollywood, second/third year module Film and TV Stardom and the new outside option Film History and Methods.


I am interested in supervising PhDs that merge with many of my interests including stardom, performance, celebrity, popular music and cinema, musicals, Hollywood/American cinema, British cinema, and animation. I am especially interested in representation and the subjects noted above.