I am a film scholar, writer and editor. In 2007 I founded the magazine for transgressive cinema Electric Sheep and edited it in print until 2009 and online until 2017. With the Miskatonic Institute founder Kier-La Janisse, I set up the London branch of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in 2015 and I was its co-director for three years. I am currently working on a book on sado-masochism in 1960s-70s cinema.
I have published widely on art, horror and exploitation cinema. I commissioned and edited The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology, a collection of essays on the theme of the end in cinema, and I contributed a chapter on Jean Rollin’s surrealist and Gothic castles in Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin. I have also written about Peeping Tom and the Medusa myth for the inaugural issue of Monstrum and the representation of Victorian London in Film Locations: Cities of the Imagination – London. My work has appeared in publications including Sight & Sound, FilmRage, Rolling Stone (France) and Cineaste and in booklets for DVDs and Blu-rays for the BFI and Arrow Video.
I regularly run a popular course on Surrealism in Cinema and I have given talks on French fantastique cinema and women exploitation directors at venues such as the BFI and the Barbican. I hosted a monthly radio show on Resonance 104.4 FM for 10 years and I have curated screenings, hosted Q&As and participated to discussion panels at events including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Flatpack, Raindance, the East End Film Festival and Tallinn Black Nights Festival.
My Ph.D. thesis (King’s College, London, 2003) is titled ‘An ABC of Film: Hollis Frampton and the Cultural Tradition of Film’. It examines how the work of 1970s American filmmaker Hollis Frampton, specifically Zorns Lemma (1971), opened up new ways of thinking about the position of film within cultural history.
I am a visiting lecturer at the London Film School, the National Film and Television School and Ravensbourne University.