Dr Steven Gerrard

Dr Steven Gerrard BA (Hons.) First Class Film Studies; PhD Film; MeCCSA

Lecturer in Film, Media and Visual Culture

Carmarthen

Tel: +44 (0) 01567 6880
E-mail: s.gerrard@uwtsd.ac.uk

steven gerrard

  • To create, deliver, monitor and assess film, media and visual culture lectures at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.
  • To undertake research.
  • To undertake MPhil and PhD Supervision.
  • To create and maintain links with other Schools and Faculties.
  • To create and maintain links with outside industry.
  • To promote the School, Faculty and University to both internal and external customers.
  • To ensure that student welfare is maintained.
  • To attend various committee meetings as when and where applicable.

I have been a lecturer since 2005. My areas of expertise include cinema, media and visual culture studies.  I gained my PhD in 2013, which focussed on how the Carry On films reflect contextual anxieties through comedic means, and how they portrayed areas of ‘Britishness’ to their audience.

Before that I worked in the Civil Service, obtaining the position of Training Manager for Wales, Customer Education Manager for Cardiff, and Self-Employment Group for Wales and The Marches.

I have delivered numerous academic conference papers, ranging from cinema and media to comic strips and star studies. These have included such titles as “Film Adaptations of HP Lovecraft”, “The Battle of the Sexes – Carry On Style”, “The Great British Horror Film of the Seventies”, “Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside”, “The War of the Worlds – from Novel to Screen”, and “Herge’s Adventures of Tintin – the Case of the Extraordinary Ordinaryman.”

I have had two chapters published: “Carry On Up The Khyber” in Fifty Key British Films, and “What a Carry On! The Decline and Fall of a Great British Institution” in Seventies British Cinema.

I have written a book, Frightmares: The Films of Pete Walker, and have been commissioned to write work about Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass stories, British crime films from 1930, and will be penning an academic tome about The Carry On films. 

My areas of expertise are: Science Fiction and Horror Cinema; British film and television comedy; music and the moving image; ‘low art’ and populist culture.

Modules I have delivered include:

  • The Cinema of Science Fiction and Horror
  • Music and the Moving Image
  • Film Genre
  • Film Stars
  • Stardom and Celebrity
  • Understanding Television
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Study Skills
  • Research Methods
  • Documentary – Theory and Practice
  • The Western
  • Film History
  • British Cinema
  • Dissertation
  • Reading Comics – History and Analysis
  • Reading Comics - Practical
  • Reading Visual Culture
  • Cinema, Culture and Society: The 1970s in America and Europe
  • Cinema, Culture and Society: The 1960s in America and Europe
  • Theory in Visual Culture

Supervision:

  • MPhil – The James Bond Women

MPhil leading to PhD:

  1. Does the BBC Trust still have the moral authority to regulate the BBC?
  2. Football and Community Resistance

PhD:

  1. Chinese Cinema
  2. Jack the Ripper

I am interested in the following areas of research:

  • The Carry On Films
  • British exploitation cinema
  • British Popular Culture
  • The Seaside
  • The Music Hall and its traditions
  • Science Fiction
  • Horror
  • British comedy in Film and Television
  • Theories of Comedy
  • Exploitation
  • The ‘Low Art’ Tradition
  • Comic

Achievements: 

Academic Conferences:

“Whipcords, Long Shadows and Mortal Sin: Representations of ‘the house’ in Pete Walker’s ‘Terror Films’ of the Seventies” at University of Newcastle’s The Country House Conference, June 2014.

“ ‘I’m going to make you ashamed of your body. I am going to see to that personally!’ – The Monstrous Motherliness of Sheila Keith in the Terror Films of Pete Walker” in University of Lisbon’s Evil Women Conference, May 2014

“ ‘There is NO sanctuary!’ Dystopian Cities from a 1970s Futuristic, Pessimistic Perspective” at University of Lisbon’s Monstrous Geographies Conference, May 2014

“Gruesomely Stained in Colour… an Appalling Amalgam of Carnage and Carnality…” – Marketing the “Terror Films” of Pete Walker at Cult Cinema and Technological Change Conference, Aberystwyth University, April 2014

“Herge’s Adventures of Tintin: The Case of the Extraordinary Everyman” at Glasgow University Comics Conference, 2013

“The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on Mankind – Film adaptations of HP Lovecraft”, at Gothic Conference, Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, March 2013

“The Great British Music Hall” at Pursuing the Trivial Conference, University of Vienna, June 2012

The Omega Factor and its influence on British Science Fiction and Fantasy Television” at Alien Nation: British Science Fiction and Telefantasy Conference, University of Northumbria, Newcastle Upon Tyne, July 2011 

“The Battle of the Sexes in the Carry On Films” at Comedy and Conflict Conference, Salford University, Manchester, July 2011

"Oh, I do Like to be Beside the Seaside" at University of Wales, 2010 

"Donald McGill and Representations of Britain and British Sexuality from 1890-1962" at Gregynnog Summer Conference, sponsored by University of Wales, 2009

"The War of the Worlds: From Novel to Screen" at Adapting the Nineteenth-Century Novel Conference, University of Wales, 2008

"Carry On Emmannuelle" by special invitation to the French-Anglo Conference, University of Southampton, 2007

"From Transylvania to Tottenham: The Changing Face of British Horror from 1958-1976" at the Roads to Freedom: Cultural Change in Post-war Britain, 1950-1970 Conference, Gregynnog, University of Wales, 2007

"We Come as a Pair Like Bookends: the Steptoe and Son Movies" at the Don’t Look Now? British Cinema in the 1970s Conference, University of Exeter, 2007

"Vampires in Cinema" at English Department’s request in conjunction with Gothic: the Novel set of lectures and seminars, University of Wales, 200 

"Doctor Who and Welsh Tourism" at Dynefwr Country Park and Castle, September 2006 (by invitation of The National Trust)

"The Rise and Fall of Union Jack Underpants: a Robin Askwith Case Study" at University of Wales, 2006

"The Carry On Films - a Cultural Insight" at University of Wales, 2005

Publications:

Frightmares: The Terror Films of Pete Walker (London: Hemlock Books, expected date of publication 2014)

“The Great British Music Hall” in Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research (University of Vienna, 2013)

Christopher Stephens, Masters of Sitcom: From Hancock to Steptoe and Son (London: Michael O’Mara Books, 2011): Consultant and contributor

"What a Carry On! The Decline and Fall of the Carry On Films" in Robert Shail, Seventies British Cinema (London: Palgrave Publishing, 2008)

"Carry On Up The Khyber" in John White and Sarah Barrow (Eds.) Fifty Key British Films (London: Routledge Publishers Limited, 2008)

Robert Shail, British Directors: A Critical Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press & Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007): Research Assistant

Television:

“The 10 Greatest Carry Ons!” transmitted 27th December 2011, Channel Five, United Kingdom. Three roles: Advisor, Consultant and Interviewee 

Radio:

"Carry On Forever!" on Radio Two's Comedy Greats Season: transmitted 19/20th July 2010. Three roles: Advisor, Consultant, and Interviewee

"Cor Blimey! The Life of Sid James" Radio Four: transmitted May 2006.  Three roles: Advisor, Consultant, and Interviewee

I am Britain’s leading academic on the Carry On films. I have been a Film, Media and Visual Culture lecturer since 2005. During that time I have created, delivered and monitored numerous modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have also completed research that has resulted in me producing/delivering academic conference papers, writing journal articles, and publishing both chapters and monographs across a range of subjects within film, media, visual culture and British popular culture areas.

I have extensive conference organisational skills, and have run numerous film and media events within University of Wales. These have included Student Showcases, Taster Days, a Dynamo Business Enterprise (Wales) conference, and away from the University I organised a tour of South Africa, Uganda and Kenya via The Great Primate Handshake Productions (I am secretary).

It included educating staff/volunteers and local schoolchildren/teachers in a mutually beneficial educational environment. I organised a trip to Kaslisi School (Uganda) with a DV-Crew and took part in conservational lessons. 

In a previous life I was a Manager within the Contribution Agency, an Executive Agency within the Department of Social Security. I attained the positions of Training Manager for Wales, Customer Education Manager for Cardiff, and Self-Employment Group for Wales and The Marches.

Projects:

Dynamo Business Enterprise (Wales) conferences: This was a two-day event in which I applied for funding to host a film/media conference at University of Wales Lampeter (as was). I managed to obtain guest speakers from Framestore (a special effects company in London and USA), BBC TV and Film directors, sfx experts (who worked on Avatar, and Clash of the Titans), Aardman animators, web designers, photography experts, Dynamor Role Models, and other media-related experts.

Work / Student Projects:

I have created strong media links with Swansea City Football Club. Our students have done filming, web, graphic and photography work with the club. 

I have created strong media links with the National Trust in Wales. This has enabled our students to complete projects at Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Dynefwr and Duffryn Gardens.

Publications:

Frightmares: The Terror Films of Pete Walker (London: Hemlock Books, expected date of publication 2014)

“The Great British Music Hall” in Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research (University of Vienna, 2013)

Christopher Stephens, Masters of Sitcom: From Hancock to Steptoe and Son (London: Michael O’Mara Books, 2011): Consultant and contributor

"What a Carry On! The Decline and Fall of the Carry On Films" in Robert Shail, Seventies British Cinema (London: Palgrave Publishing, 2008)

"Carry On Up The Khyber" in John White and Sarah Barrow (Eds.) Fifty Key British Films (London: Routledge Publishers Limited, 2008)

Robert Shail, British Directors: A Critical Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press & Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007): Research Assistant

Television:

“The 10 Greatest Carry Ons!” transmitted 27th December 2011, Channel Five, United Kingdom. Three roles: Advisor, Consultant and Interviewee 

Radio:

"Carry On Forever!" on Radio Two's Comedy Greats Season: transmitted 19/20th July 2010. Three roles: Advisor, Consultant, and Interviewee

"Cor Blimey! The Life of Sid James" Radio Four: transmitted May 2006.  Three roles: Advisor, Consultant, and Interviewee

I am also in the process of writing three books: Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass, British Crime Thrillers from 1930, and the only academic work devoted to the Carry On films.

Conferences:

Dynamo Business Enterprise (Wales) conferences: This was a two-day event in which I applied for funding to host a film/media conference at University of Wales Lampeter (as was). I managed to obtain guest speakers from Framestore (a special effects company in London and USA), BBC TV and Film directors, sfx experts (who worked on Avatar, and Clash of the Titans), Aardman animators, web designers, photography experts, Dynamo Role Models, and other media-related experts.

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