Dr Stella Hockenhull

Co-Director Centre for Film, Media, Discourse & Culture Film Studies Department & Reader in Film/TV

Hockenhull Stella
Email address: S.Hockenhull@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323397 Location: MC333 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Media Areas of expertise: Film, Media, Culture, TV

About

Stella is a Reader in Film and Television Studies and has built up a strong research profile in British cinema and landscape.Her expertise is in the correlation between film and painting in British cinema, and she has published widely in this area, producing a large body of work which includes two books and a number of articles. Her interest in British cinema extends to women in the British film industry, and she is also developing a research profile in this area, in particular the role of women, the division of labour, and the gender politics within contemporary British cinema. She is also interested in animal performance in film and television and welcomes PhD proposals in any of the above areas.

Research interests

  • British cinema,
  • Women Directors,
  • Interdisciplinary analysis of film and painting,
  • Representation of children in film,
  • Landscape and British cinema,
  • Animal as star and animal performance.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of British Association Film and Television (BAFTS),
  • Member of Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA),
  • Member of British Animal Studies Network (BASN),
  • Member of H-Network on Animal Studies,
  • Member of The British Sociological Association (BSA) Animal/Human Studies Group (AHSG),
  • Member of Higher Education Academy (HEA – application in process),
  • Member of the British Film Institute (Bfi),
  • Member Women’s Film and Television History Network (wfthn),
  • Member of Human/Animal Research Group at Center of Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden,
  • Member of Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS),
  • Member British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS).

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons.) (1985) History of Design and the Visual Arts, North Staffordshire Polytechnic.
  • MA (1996) Screen Studies, Manchester University.
  • PhD (2006) Neo-Romantic Landscapes: An Aesthetic Approach to the Films of Powell and Pressburger, Staffordshire University. Supervisors: Professor Christine Gledhill and Dr. Martin Shingler.

Publications

  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) Peer Review of Article for Screen

Conference Papers presented: 

  • ‘Horseplay: personal expression and idiosyncrasy in Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse (2011)’, Screen Conference, Glasgow University. June 2015.
  • ‘Celebrity Creatures’, Celebrity Studies, Royal Holloway University. June 2014.
  • ‘Peas, Parsnips and Patriotism: Romantic Images of the Landscape in the Dig for Victory Campaign’ Screen Glasgow. June 2014.
  • ‘Damsels in Distress: British Women Directors in the New Millennium’, Doing Women’s Film History University of East Anglia. April 2014.
  • ‘Experimentation and Post-heritage in Contemporary TV Drama: Parade’s End (White 2012)’, BAFTSS Birkbeck University. April 2014.
  • ‘Dig for Victory: Conflict, Children and Territory’ Children in War: Past and Present, University of Salzburg, Austria. July 2013.
  • ‘Dig for Victory: Conflict, Children and Territory’ Children in War: Past and Present, University of Wolverhampton, Staff Conference. July 2013.
  • ‘Reel Creatures: Animals as Star Vehicles in Hollywood and non Hollywood Cinema’, Revisiting Star Studies, Newcastle University, UK. June 2013.
  • ‘Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks’, Four Footed Animals on the Stage,
  • University of Valencia, Spain. December 2012.
  • ‘Horseplay: Equine Performance in Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse’, Changing Times: Performances and Identities on Screen, University of Lisbon, Centre for English Studies, Faculty of Letters, Portugal. November 2012.
  • ‘Portraying Trauma in Post 9/11 Combat Films: British and American Perspectives’, Interrogating Trauma in the Humanities International Interdisciplinary, University Of Lincoln, UK. August 2012.
  • ‘Horseplay: Equine Performance in Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse’, University of Wolverhampton Staff Conference: New Research, UK. July 2012.
  • ‘The Rise of Women Film Directors in the UK since 2000’, 2nd Annual London Film and Media Conference, Birkbeck University, UK. June 2012.
  • ‘The Wind Journeys: Global Anxiety in the New Millennium’, Global Studies Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 2011.
  • ‘Innocent Dreams and Childhood Fantasies: Surrealism and War in Film and TV’, Children and War: Past and Present, University of Salzburg, Austria. September 2010.
  • ‘Sublime Landscapes in the Contemporary British Horror Film’, University of Wolverhampton Staff Conference: New Research, UK. July 2010.
  • ‘Sublime Landscapes in the Contemporary British Horror Film’ Cinema and Landscape, Sheffield University, UK. April 2010.
  • ‘Emotional Landscapes in My Summer of Love’, Melus/Melow, Chandigarh, India. February 2010.
  • ‘The Queen (Frears 2006) and the British Landscape Tradition in Painting’, Appreciating the Views: the Social and Visual Landscape, International Visual Sociology Association, University of Cumbria, UK. July 2009.
  • ‘Sublime Landscapes in Contemporary British Cinema: The War Zone’, International Humanities, Beijing, China. June 2009.
  • ‘Frozen Moments: The Queen and the British Landscape Tradition in Painting’ Delimiting the Frame, City University, New York, USA. April 2008.
  • ‘An Aesthetic Approach to Contemporary British Social Realism’, The Realist Impulse, Oxford Brookes University, UK. July 2007,
  • ‘Neo-Romantic Landscapes: An Aesthetic Approach to the Wartime films of Powell and Pressburger’, SW Texas Popular Culture, Albuquerque, USA. February 2007.
  • ‘Frozen Moments and the films of Powell and Pressburger’, British Screens Now, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. September 2006.
  • ‘Neo-Romantic Sounds’, Sounding Out 3, University of Sunderland, UK. September 2006.
  • ‘Neo-Romantic Landscapes and the Films of Powell and Pressburger: Case Study I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)’, RICH seminar, University of Wolverhampton, UK. June 2006.
  • ‘Neo-Romantic Landscapes and the Films of Powell and Pressburger: Case Study I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)’, Screen, Glasgow, UK. June 2006.
  • ‘Neo-Romantic Landscapes’, Michael Powell Centenary, Bangor University, UK. September 2005.
  • ‘British Cinema and Landscape’, British and European Research Group, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton. June 1999,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2014) Review of Proposal for Palgrave Macmillan: Filmurbia: Screening the Suburbs edited by David Forrest, Graeme Harper and Jonathan Rayner,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2013) Review ‘Bleak House’ Christine Geraghty BFI Classics for Journal American Studies in Turkey,
  • Hockenhull, S. (1996) Preliminary Book Report and Manuscript Evaluation: Bruzzi, S. (2000) New Documentary: A Critical Introduction for Routledge Publishers.

Workshops

  • Urban-Rural-Wilderness: the Co-Living of Humans and Animals in the North since the Nineteenth-Century Turku Finland June 2014.

Academic Publications Books: Authored

  • Hockenhull, S. (2013) Aesthetics and Neo-Romanticism in Film: Landscapes in Contemporary British Cinema London: I.B. Tauris.
  • Hockenhull, S. (2008) Neo-Romantic Landscapes: An Aesthetic Approach to the Films of Powell and Pressburger Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.(pp. 1-211) ISBN (10): 1-84718-744-7, ISBN (13): 9781847187444

Forthcoming: 

  • Hockenhull, S. Andrews, E. and Pheasant-Kelly, F. (eds) (2014) Spaces in the Cinematic House: Behind the Screen Door London, New York: Routledge.
  • Hockenhull, S. (2016) British Women Film Directors in the New Millennium Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) ‘Damsels in Distress: British Women Film Directors and British Cinema Funding Post Millennium’ Filminternational 2015.
  • Hockenhull, S. (2014) ‘Everybody’s Business: Film, Food and Victory in the First World War’ Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 10.1080/01439685.2014.952102 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01439685.2014.952102#.VC-_aVfn6M0
  • Hockenhull, S. (2013) ‘Creaturely Stars: Animals and Performance in Cinema’ Bhatter College Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies: Special Issue on Animal Studies Vol. 3. pp. 83-91. ISSN 2249-3301.
  • Hockenhull, S. (2012) ‘Escape to the Country: the Accented World of the Evacuee in Stephen Poliakoff’s Perfect Strangers’, Journal of British Cinema and Television Volume 9, pp. 628-642. ISSN 1743-4521 e-ISSN 1755-1714
  • Hockenhull, S. (2012) ‘Modish and Modern: inter-war fashion and women’s changing role’ in Enduring Questions Essay Series, Santa Barbara Praeger Essay for ABC-Clio Pop Culture Universe academic database for US dissemination (fee paid)
  • Hockenhull, S. (2012) ‘Remystifying Film: Aesthetics, Emotion and The Queen’ Film Philosophy Vol. 16(1), pp. 165-182. ISSN 1466-4615,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2012) ‘The Wind Journeys: Global Anxiety in the New Millennium’ Global Studies Vol. 4(3), pp. 279-288. (no ISSN number),
  • Hockenhull, S. (2011) ‘Sublime Landscapes in Contemporary British Horror’ Intellect Journal of Horror Studies Vol. 1(2), pp. 207-224. ISSN 2040-3275,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2010) ‘An Aesthetic Approach to Contemporary British Social Realism: London to Brighton (Williams 2006)’ Film International, Special Edition: ‘Film and the Romantic’ Vol. 7(6), pp. 65-74. ISSN 1651-6826,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2009) ‘Sublime Landscapes in Contemporary British Cinema: The War Zone’ International Journal of Humanities Vol. 7(10), pp. 67-78. ISSN 1447-9508,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2008) ‘Neo-Romantic Landscapes: Pictorial Aesthetics in Powell and Pressburger’s Gone to Earth’ Literature/Film Quarterly Vol. 38(4), pp. 290-298. ISSN 0090-4260,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2006) ‘Neo-Romantic Landscapes: Aesthetic Approaches to the Wartime Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’ Film International Issue 23 Vol. 4(5), pp. 38-47. ISSN 1651-6826,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2005) ‘Romantic Landscapes: Aesthetic Theory and Three films of Powell and Pressburger’ Journal of British Cinema and Television Vol. 2(1), pp. 52-66. ISSN 1743-4521.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Hockenhull, S. (2013) ‘Horse Power: Equine Alliances in the Western’ in Sue Matheson (ed.) Love in Western Film and Television: Lonely Hearts and Happy Trails. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 161-177.ISBN 978-1-137-27293-5,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2012) ‘Neo-Romantic Visionaries: Picturing Britain in the Second World War’ in Carmen Casaliggi and Paul March-Russell (eds.) The Legacies of Romanticism: Literature, Aesthetics, Landscape (Routledge Studies in Romanticism). New York, London: Routledge. pp.179-197. ISBN 978-0-415-89008-3,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2012) ‘Wednesday’s Child: adolescent outsiders in contemporary British cinema’ in Debbie Olson and Andrew Scahill (eds.) Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema. Plymouth: Lexington. pp. 47 – 66. ISBN 978-0-7391-7025-0,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2013) ‘Melodrama and Tradition in the Films of Mike Leigh: Vera Drake (2004) and Another Year (2010)’ in Marc DiPaulo and Bryan Cardinale-Powell (eds.) Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh. London and New York: Continuum (forthcoming June 2013).
  • Hockenhull, S. (2013) ‘An Age of Stupid?: Sublime Landscapes and Global Anxiety post-Millennium’ in Jonathan Rayner and Graeme Harper (eds.) Cinema and Landscape (Volume 2). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Hockenhull, S. (2013) ‘Picturing the Frame: An Aesthetic Approach to Film Studies Case Study: The Age of Innocence (Scorsese 1993)’ in Carla Taban (ed.) Meta and Inter-Images in Contemporary Visual Art and Culture. (Submitted, accepted and awaiting decision from publisher: Leuvens University Press).
  • Hockenhull, S. (2014) ‘Dark Monarchs: Gothic Landscapes in Contemporary British Culture’ in Dana Och and Kirsten Strayer (eds.) Horror Across Visual Media: Fragmented Bodies. New York, London: Routledge.

Forthcoming and in progress Books

  • Hockenhull, S. (2016) British Women Directors in the New Millennium Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hockenhull, S. Andrews, E. Pheasant-Kelly, F. E. (eds) (2015) Behind the Screen Door: Spaces of the Cinematic House Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) ‘Damsels in Distress?: British Women Directors in the new Millennium’ in Filminternational,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) ‘Heavenly Creatures: The ‘Starification’ of the Cinematic Animal’ in Humanimalia ,
  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) ‘Horseplay: Equine Performance and Creaturely Acts in Cinema’ in NECSUS: Special Edition edited by Barbara Creed.

Book Chapters

  • Hockenhull, S. (2016) Ionography and Archetypes in Western Film and Television ed. Sue Matheson.
  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) ‘Celebrity Creatures: The ‘Starification’ of the Cinematic Animal’ in Revisiting Star Studies (eds. Sabrina Yu and Guy Smith). (Edinburgh University Press).
  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) ‘Horseplay: Beastly Cinematic Performances in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse’ in Screening the Non Human Animal (ed. J.L. Schatz).
  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) ‘Poor Relations: Youth and Poverty in post-Millennial British Cinema’ in Hard Times and Popular Culture (eds. Pete Bennett and Julian McDougall).
  • Hockenhull, S. ‘Picturesque, Pastoral and Dirty: Romantic Topographies in Contemporary Heritage Cinema’ in British Landscapes on Film (ed. Paul Newland) (Manchester University Press).
  • Hockenhull, S. ‘To be a Woman: socialist and feminist perspectives in the work of Jill Craigie’ in (eds.) Jill Nelmes and Jules Selbo (eds.) International Guide to Women Screenwriters. London: Palgrave Macmillan (4,000 words submitted, accepted and awaiting publication: under contract).
  • Hockenhull, S. ‘Peas, Parsnips and Patriotism: Images of the Garden in films of the Second World War’ in Behind the Screen Door: Spaces of the Cinematic House (eds. Eleanor Andrews, Stella Hockenhull, F.E. Pheasant-Kelly) (6000 word essay submitted and accepted as part of an edited collection to be submitted to Routledge. Accepted, contract signed and due for submission December 2014).
  • Hockenhull, S. ‘Experimentation and Anti-heritage in Contemporary TV Drama: Parade’s End (White 2012)’ in Upstairs Downstairs: TV Drama eds. James Leggott and Julie Taddeo (Scarecrow Press).
  • Hockenhull, S. (2015) ‘Mythical Mounts and Sturdy Steeds: Equine Reverence in Iceland’ in Urban-Rural-Wilderness: the Co-Living of Humans and Animals in the North since the Nineteenth-Century.

Further information

  • Introduction to Nil By Mouth at Light House Media as part of ArtsFest 2015,
  • Introduction to Dark Horse: the True Story of Dream Alliance April 2015 at Light House Media Centre,
  • Radio programme: Interview at Wolverhampton Radio 2007 to publicise Screen Aesthetics conference, Light House Media Centre,
  • Interview Big Screen Success wlv dialogue Summer 2012,
  • http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=26863,
  • Chair British Board Film Classifiers annual event Light House Media Centre: 1997 – present,
  • School Glimpse Events,
  • 3000 word essay entitled ‘Modish and Modern: inter-war fashion and women’s changing role’ for ABC-Clio Pop Culture Universe academic database for US dissemination (fee paid).