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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) 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 work explores the interplay between historical research methods (including archives and interviews), historiography, and the mediation of the ‘real world’ in factual media, thinking about how we tell stories through and about film and television. His most recent research for 'The Projection Project' involved conducting oral history interviews and archival research to explore the figure of the cinema projectionist in the UK. The project chronicles the changing role of projectionists and 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.

Richard is also a member of the Midlands Television Research Group and convened the group between 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.



A History of Cinema Projection in Britain (with Jon Burrows) (forthcoming, 2021)

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

Edited Journals, Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

'Documentary Style as Post-truth Monstrosity in the Mockumentary Horror Film', Quarterly Review of Film and Video

'A New "Wild West" of Projection' (with Michael Pigott), in Virginia Crisp and Gabriel Menotti (eds), Practices of Projection: Histories and Technologies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), pp. 19-35

Journal of British Cinema and Television, 15.1 (2018), ‘The Projection Issue’, co-edited with Charlotte Brunsdon and Jon Burrows

‘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) (2018), pp. 46-65

‘Going Digital: The Experience of the transition to digital projection in the UK’, Journal of British Cinema and Television 15(1) (2018), pp. 6-26

'"We might go into double act mode": 'professional recollectors', rehearsed memory and its uses', Oral History, 45(1) (2017), pp. 55-66

'Voices of the university: anniversary culture and oral histories of Higher Education' (with Grace Huxford), Oral History 45(1) (2017), 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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