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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

Sick Leave (ongoing)

Unfortunately I have been signed off work by my GP and am currently on sick leave. I am unsure when I will be fit to return to work, so if your enquiry is urgent please do get in touch with the appropriate memebers of staff listed below.

  • If you have an urgent question relating to module options within the department of film and television studies, please email my colleague Dr Julie Lobalzo-Wright at
  • If you were contacting me about Widening Participation, Outreach, Sutton Summer School, or similar then please contact Head of Department Dr Rachel Msoeley
  • For anything else relating to my work in the Department of Film and Television Studies please email the office at

If you want to discuss research or anything not strictly work realted, I can usually be reached via Twitter @Matt_Denny where I'm still fairly active, but it may take me a while to get back to you.


I hold a First Class BA in Film and Literature, an MA For Research in Film and Television Studies, and earned my PhD in Film and Television Studies in 2016 - all from The Department of Film and Television Studies at Warwick. My doctoral thesis is concerned with theories of film authorship and postmodern cinema.

In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am also the department's Widening Participation and Outreach Officer (on hiatus for the Autumn term, returing to role in the Spring).

Current Teaching

For the 2020 - 2021 academic year I will be convening the second year optional module Post-Classical Hollywood and the outside option Film Analysis and Methods. I'll also be delivering seminars on Aesthetics 1 in the Autumn term

I regularly contribute Film Studies elements to the IATL module Genetics: Science and Society 

Research Interests

  • Film Theory; particularly theories of film authorship, genre, and issues of representation (especially as this relates to genre cinema)
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; specialising in action cinema and post-classical style
  • Horror Cinema; with particular interest in British Horror cinema, definitions of the gothic, folk horror, and the relationship between horror and science-fiction
  • Film-philosophy; including R.G. Collingwood's philosophy of art, Nietzsche (particularly depictions of eternal recurrence), postmodern aesthetics, post-structuralism, and representations of the posthuman (particularly in relation to Artificial Intelligence)

Research Disclaimer

As a teaching fellow, I am employed on a Teaching Only Contract. Before this I have had various hourly paid sessional teaching contracts and a professional services job (managing widening participation and study abroad). This means that presenting and publishing research is not part of my current job, nor has it been since I completed my PhD. While I do receive the benefits of institutional affilation, library access, and supportive colleagues, I do not receive monetary support from the university for my research, and any research I do undertake must be conducted in my spare time rather than in working hours.


  • ‘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) [link to publisher website]

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
  • ‘“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
  • 'Female Labour and Algorithmic Horror in Cam
    Gothic Feminisms Conference, 2nd - 3rd May 2019, University of Kent Canterbury
  • 'Views from Hills: Folk Horror as a Mode of Seeing'
    Folk Horror in the 21st Century, 5th - 6th September 2019, Falmouth University

Memberships and Associations

I am a member of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)

I am a member of the International Gothic Assoiciation (IGA)

I am a Warwick LGBTUA+ supporter

Public Engagement




  • Film Analysis and Methods
  • Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Film Aesthetics 1 (seminars only)

I am an LGBTUA+ supporter in pride colours with flag

Outside Options in
Film & TV Studies

We offer a number of modules suitable for students outside the department of Film and Television Studies.

Successful completion of these modules gives you access to some of our more specialised options

If you'd like to know more, then please me at m dot denny at warwick dot ac dot uk