Dr David Forrest
Room 5.18, Jessop West
Internal extension: 28493
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.
My main research area is British social realist cinema, with a particular interest in the functions of space, place and landscape in realist texts. I have also published work on British television drama, the British New Wave and contemporary British cinema.
Much of my work is currently focussed on the film, literature and television writer and novelist Barry Hines, perhaps best known of the novel A Kestrel for a Knave (1968) and the TV play Threads (1984). Together with Professor Sue Vice, I am developing and delivering a number of research and public engagement projects around Hines and working-class film, television and literature more broadly.
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.
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 Liverpool, Newcastle and York.
I teach on and/or convene the following modules: LIT181: Introduction to Cinema; LIT260 Post War British Realist Cinema; LIT244: Storying Sheffield; LIT3058 Imagining the North; LIT110: Hollywood Cinema; LIT6330: Analysis of Film (MA); and LIT631: Post-war British Drama, Film and Television (MA).
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.
In semester 1(2017-18) I will be acting as crosscutting Director of Learning and Teaching (Student Engagement) and Assistant Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching (Arts and Humanities). In semester 2 (2017-18) I will be away from the university for a period of study leave.
I currently co-supervise PhD students working on a range of projects, including research on contemporary British realist cinema, contemporary theories of film authorship, the lost works of Barry Hines, and the relationship between historical dramas and European cultural policy. I welcome applications from students wishing to work on most areas of British cinema, European cinema, television drama, and on narratives of social class.
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