Alistair spent seven years in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University first as an Undergraduate and then as a postgraduate research student before joining the University of Huddersfield in 1995 as a Media sociologist. He has contributed widely to a number of teaching areas and has been central to course and curriculum development. He was made Subject Area Leader for Media and Journalism in 2006 and currently remains in this role although now this is in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. Although Alistair’s teaching and research originally started in media and cultural studies, he has gradually moved towards Film Studies and it is in this area that 80 per cent of his teaching (and all of his research) now resides.
In 2016 Alistair completed his Master’s thesis. Titled ‘It Always rains on Sunday: Early social realism in Post-War British Cinema’, the work concentrated on the dramatic side of Ealing studios’ film production and argues that that whilst the more famous comedies are now what Ealing are largely known for, it is the dramas that have been overlooked and exhibit as much, if not more about post-war British society, than the comedies do. Intrinsic to this work was a critical appraisal of director Robert Hamer’s contribution to British film. More recently, Alistair has started work on his PhD which follows up on similar themes. His research concentrates on the extent to which the film output of Ealing during the same period can be understood as a cinematic ‘brand’ that was distinctly recognisable by audiences at that time.
Research Expertise and Interests
- Post-War Briitish Film
- Ealing Studios and Robert Hamer
- National Cinema and national Identity