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Dr Chris Grosvenor

Lecturer (E&S)

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After studying English Literature and Film Studies as an undergraduate at the University of Exeter (2010-13), followed by an MA in Film Studies at the University of Warwick (2013-14), I completed my doctoral research at the University of Exeter in 2018. Since 2016 I have been teaching within the College of Humanities in various roles, having been most recently hired to a Lecturer position in 2021.

I have a high achieving record of academic accomplishment and independent research, represented by my growing portfolio of conference papers, publications (see below) and research funding awards (MA and PhD) and my research has been published in several prestigious international journals including Film History: An International Journal, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and Early Popular Visual Culture, as well as receiving press coverage from national publications and broadcasters including BBC Radio Devon, The Sun, The Daily Mail and ITV News. My research has also recently received academic award recognition, with my book Cinema on the Front Line being awarded the Theatre Library Association Richard Wall Award for 'an exemplary work in the field of recorded performance'.

I am also moving forward with research for several multi-disciplinary projects which draw upon fields including English Literature and Screen Studies, specifically in the field of Adaptation Studies, researching contemporary trends in the 21st century, most readily comic book/graphic novel adaptations.

Beyond his academic work I am a keen film fan and critic, having written for numerous publications. I been involved with the establishment and organisation of an award winning film society where I worked on the film selection committee, produced promotional material, including literature and short films, and introduced screenings for over 150 people.



Term 1

  • EAF1506: Interrogating Screens
  • EAF2502: Shots in the Dark: American Film in Profile

Term 2

  • EAS1034: Film Studies: An Introduction
  • EAF2510: Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture
  • EAF3514 Film Studies Dissertation

Journal Articles

‘Cinemas Behind Barbed Wire: British Prisoners of War and POW Camp Cinemas, 1914-1918’, Early Popular Visual Culture (2019).

‘Dr Kinema’: The Cinema, the Trade and the Rehabilitation of Wounded and Disabled Soldiers during the First World War’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (2019).

‘"He Sees Now What He Looked Like": Soldier Spectators, Topical Films and the Problem of onscreen representation during WWI', Film History: An International Journal, Vol. 30, No. 4 (2018) pp. 84-106.

'Discontinuity and the Tramp: Understanding Discontinuity as a Constitutive Element of Charles Chaplin’s ‘Charlie’ Identity', Exclamat!on: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2018), pp. 189-207 

'"At the Front" postcard series c.1916, the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum collection', Early Popular Visual Culture, Vol. 15, No. 4 (2017), pp.500-507.

Selected Book Reviews

‘Book Review: Cinema’s Military Industrial Complex’, Media, War & Conflict.

‘A Place of Darkness: The Rhetoric of Horror in Early American Cinema’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

‘Review: Comic Venus: Women and Comedy in American Silent Film’, Early Popular Visual Culture.

Selected Conference Papers

'The Dream that Kickstarts: Kickstarting Silent Film Restorations and Participatory Fan Culture', New Approaches to Silent Film Historiography, University of Leeds, September 2018.

‘"Ageless, Invincible and Unchanging": Sherlock Holmes, Transtextuality and Adaptation as Political Discourse', PGR College of Humanities - 'Crossing Boundaries' Conference, University of Exeter, 23rd April 2018.

'"Wake Up!": British Cinema, the Outbreak of War, and the Voluntary Recruiting Movement, 1914-1916', British Silent Film Festival Symposium, King's College London, 20th April 2018.

'The Forgotten Audience of First World War Cinema: The Evidence of Cinema Spectatorship in Official Military Documentation', Researching Past Cinema Audiences: Archives, Memories and Methods, Aberystwyth University, March 2018.

‘“He Sees Now What He Looked Like”: Soldier Spectators, Topical Films and the Problem of On-Screen Representation during WWI’, 27th Screen Studies Conference, June 2017.

‘Soldiers in the Archive: Uncovering the History of Military Cinema Audiences during WWI through the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum’, Invited Speaker, 20th Anniversary Lecture Event, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, March 2017.

‘Reels, Recovery and Rehabilitation: Examining the use of cinema entertainment for wounded disabled soldiers in WWI’ – PGR Conference of the Humanities, University of Exeter, April 2016

‘Cinema on the Front Line: Military Cinema Exhibition during the First World War’ – Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema, University of York, June 2015.  

‘Discontinuity and the Tramp: Chaplin’s ‘Charlie’ Persona’ – Film and Media 2014 Conference, University of London, June 2014.


'Cinema on the Front Line: A History of Military Cinema Exhibition and Soldier Spectatorship during the First World War', University of Exeter, Doctorate awarded December 2018.

PhD Supervisors: Dr. Joe Kember and Dr. Debra Ramsay.

Public Outreach

Daily Mail – ‘New research shines light on cinema-going habits of British prisoners of war’ – also reported by The Sun Newspaper and others (15 August 2019).

ITV News - 'Military Cinemas provide respite for soldiers on the front line', 06/11/2018

Radio Interview with BBC Devon regarding the centenary of the propaganda film The Battle of the Somme (1916), 2/7/2016

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum Podcast Series - Episode One.



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