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Dr Richard Wallace

Assistant Professor in Film & Television Studies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Tel. +44 (024) 761 51143
Room A0.14, Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS



Richard Wallace is Assistant Professor in Film and Television Studies. He gained his BA (Hons) in Film and Literature at the University of Warwick, where he also completed his MA (For Research) in Film and Televisions Studies and PhD in Film and Television Studies. His research interests include aspects of British television history, film and television documentary, and screen comedy.

Current Research:

Richard's current research for 'The Projection Project' involves conducting oral history interviews and archival research to explore the figure of the cinema projectionist in Britain. The project aims to chronicle the changing role of projectionists, and in particular we are interested in chronicling the everyday working practices of a group of skilled workers whose vocation has all but disappeared as a result of the introduction of digital projection systems to UK cinemas.

Richard is also a member of the Midlands Television Research Group and convened the group betwenn 2012 and 2014. Between 2013 and 2014 he was the project officer on the ‘Voices of the University: Memories of Warwick, 1965 – 2015’ oral history project running in the Institute of Advances Study at Warwick.



Mockumentary Comedy: Performing Authenticity (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2018)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

'A New "Wild West" of Projection' (with Michael Pigott), in Virginia Crisp and Gabriel Menotti (eds), Practices of Projection: Histories and Technologies (forthcoming, 2019)

‘Women in the Box: Female Projectionists in Post-war British Cinemas' (with Rebecca Harrison and Charlotte Brunsdon), Journal of British Cinema and Television 15(1), pp. 46-65

‘Going Digital: The Experience of the transition to digital projection in the UK’, Journal of British Cinema and Television 15(1), pp. 6-26

‘“We might go into double act mode” - ‘professional recollectors’, rehearsed memory and its uses”, Oral History 45(1), pp. 55-66

‘Voices of the university: anniversary culture and oral histories of Higher Education’ (with Grace Huxford), Oral History 45(1), pp. 79-90

‘John Cura: Pioneering of the Television Archive’, Journal of British Cinema and Television 13(1), pp. 99-120

‘Joint Ventures and Loose Cannons: Reconstructing Doctor Who’s Lost Past’ in Paul Booth (ed.), Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena (Bristol: Intellect, 2013), pp. 28-37

‘“But Doctor?” – A Feminist Perspective of Doctor Who’ in Christopher J. Hansen (ed.), Ruminations, Peregrinations, and Regenerations: A Critical Approach to Doctor Who (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), pp. 102-116


Undergraduate modules

FI205: Television History and Criticism

FI326: Issues in Documentary

Postgraduate modules

FI927: Issues in Documentary

Mockumentary Comedy

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