Dr David Forrest
School of English
Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
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I came to Sheffield in 2002 to study as an undergraduate and stayed on to do an MA in International Cinema and a PhD in British social realism. After finishing my PhD in 2009, I took a variety of teaching, research and public engagement roles in the School of English before being appointed Lecturer in Film Studies in September 2012. In 2017 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer, and in 2018 I was made Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching.
- Research interests
My research is concerned with questions of realism, class, and region in contemporary cultural texts, and I am increasingly interested in the relationships between representations of place and landscape and audiences’ and readers’ lived experiences. I have published widely in the areas of British film and television drama, working-class literature, and pedagogy.
Much of my work over the last four five years has been focused on the novelist and film and television writer Barry Hines, perhaps best known for the novel A Kestrel for a Knave (1968) and the TV play, Threads (1984). Together with my co-author Professor Sue Vice, I completed a book on Hines that was published by Manchester University Press in 2017.
I am currently in the process of completing my third monograph: New Realisms: Contemporary British Cinema, for Edinburgh University Press. I am also undertaking a number of projects on the representation of the North of England in film and television drama, exploring in particular questions of genre, stardom and authorship, many of which .are being developed and delivered in collaboration with Dr Beth Johnson from The University of Leeds.
I am Co-Investigator on the AHRC project ‘Beyond the Multiplex: Audiences for Specialised Films in English Regions’, working alongside colleagues from the universities of Glasgow, Liverpool and York.
- New Realism Contemporary British Cinema. Edinburgh University Press.
- Barry Hines: Kes, Threads and Beyond. Manchester University Press.
- Social Realism: Art, Nationhood and Politics. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Handbook. The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Project, University of Sheffield.
- Filmurbia: Screening the Suburbs. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Developing a computational ontology to understand the relational aspects of audience formation. Emerald Open Research, 2. View this article in WRRO
- Erasing Diversity: Mediating Class, Place, Gender and Race in The Moorside. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 17(1), 91-111. View this article in WRRO
- Using mixed-methods, a data model and a computational ontology in film audience research. Cultural Trends, 28(2-3), 118-131. View this article in WRRO
- Lesley Sharp and the alternative geographies of Northern English Stardom. Journal of Popular Television, 4(2), 199-212. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Northern English Stardom (Dossier Introduction). Journal of Popular Television, 4(2), 196-198.
- Locating and building knowledges outside of the academy: approaches to engaged teaching at the University of Sheffield. Teaching in Higher Education, 20(2), 158-170. View this article in WRRO
- The films of Joanna Hogg: new British realism and class. Studies in European Cinema, 11(1), 64-75.
- Our Friends in the North and the Instability of the Historical Drama as Archive. The Journal of British Cinema and Television, 8(2), 218-233.
- Better Things (Duane Hopkins, 2008) and new British realism. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 8(1), 31-43.
- Shane Meadows and the British New Wave: Britain’s Hidden Art Cinema. Studies in European Cinema, Six(2 & 3), 191-201.
- Landscapes of Resistance in the English North: the Poetics of Freedom in Kes (1969) and The Selfish Giant (2013) In Müller KP (Ed.), Scotland and Arbroath 1320 – 2020 700 Years of Fighting for Freedom, Sovereignty, and Independence Oxford: Peter Lang.
- Kes: from page to screen In Mayne L, Petrie D & Williams M (Ed.), Sixties British Cinema Reconsidered Edinburgh University Press
- Art cinema and the British poetic realist tradition In Newland P & Hoyle B (Ed.), British Art Cinema: Creativity, Experimentation and Innovation Manchester University Press
- From researching heritage to action heritage, Heritage as Community Research (pp. 171-186). Policy Press
- The Narrative Nightclub, Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media (pp. 91-107). Springer International Publishing
- Mike Leigh and the Poetics of English Suburbia In Forrest D, Harper G & Rayner J (Ed.), Filmurbia: Screening the Suburbs (pp. 49-63). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Jimmy McGovern’s The Street and the Politics of Everyday Life, Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain (pp. 29-43). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Screening South Yorkshire: The Gamekeeper and Looks and Smiles In Mazierska E (Ed.), Heading North: The North of England in Film and Television (pp. 113-132). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Introduction. Filmurbia: Cinema and the Suburbs, Filmurbia (pp. 1-10). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Introduction, Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain (pp. 1-9).
- Introduction, Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain (pp. 1-9). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Archival Traces of the North in Barry Hines' Looks and Smiles (1981) and Threads (1984) In Dobson J & Rayner J (Ed.), Mapping Cinematic Norths (pp. 17-45). Oxford: Peter Lang.
- A Poetics of the North: Visual and Literary Geographies In Chignell H, Franklin I & Skoog K (Ed.), Regional Aesthetics Mapping UK Media Cultures (pp. 55-70). Palgrave Macmillan
- Twenty-first-century social realism: Shane meadows and new British realism, Shane Meadows: Critical Essays (pp. 35-49).
- 21st Century Social Realism: Shane Meadows and New British Realism In Bell M & Fradley M (Ed.) Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Sheffield Film Studies and Sheffield Studies Film In Harper G & Rayner J (Ed.), Film Landscapes: Cinema, Environment and Visual Culture Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Shane Meadows and the British New Wave: Britain’s hidden art cinema’, In Murphy R (Ed.), British Cinema. 4 Vols
- Introduction (pp. 1-4). Duke University Press
- Research group
I currently co-supervise PhD students working on a range of projects, including research on contemporary British realist cinema, a practice-led research project on the representation of Blackpool, the lost works of Barry Hines, post-war television drama, mixed reality storytelling, and the films of Andrea Arnold. I welcome applications from students wishing to work on most areas of British cinema, European cinema, television drama, and on literary, film and television narratives of region and social class.
- Teaching activities
I teach on and/or convene the following modules: LIT181: Introduction to Cinema; LIT 276 New Realisms: Contemporary British Cinema; LIT3058 Imagining the North; LIT110: Hollywood Cinema; LIT6330: Analysis of Film (MA); and LIT631: Post-war British Drama, Film and Television.
In 2014 I was awarded a University of Sheffield Senate Award for excellence in Learning and Teaching, and in 2016 I was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.