A visit to Islington Studios (later bought by Gainsborough Pictures) on Poole Street in the London district of Islington, where many great British pictures such as The Lady Vanishes (1938, directed by Alfred Hitchcock) and The Wicked Lady (1945, directed by Leslie Arliss) were shot.
Dr. Christopher Weedman is an Assistant Professor of Film and Pop Culture Studies in the Department of English at Middle Tennessee State University. His research and teaching interests include American, British, and European film history and criticism with an emphasis on transatlantic British-American film of the 1960s. Dr. Weedman is also interested in modern/contemporary drama, post-1945 British literature, and multimodal composition.
He has published articles and reviews on films by American and international directors such as Joseph Losey, Howard Hawks, Anthony Mann, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Demy, Abel Gance, Jean-Pierre Melville, Roberto Rossellini, Roman Polanski, and Jerzy Skolimowski in film journals such as Film International, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Senses of Cinema. In 2015, his book chapter on the American-born Joseph Losey's transnational contributions to the 1960s British and European art cinema was published in Fifty Hollywood Directors (Routledge, edited by Yvonne Tasker and Suzanne Leonard).
His most recent publication is an interview with American director, writer, and producer Linda Yellen. The interview appears in the print edition of Film International 15.2 (2017). Yellen was one of the first prominent female producers of made-for-television films in the 1980s and won an Emmy for the controversial Holocaust film Playing for Time (1980, starring Vanessa Redgrave and written by Arthur Miller).
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
His current research project is a book on the feminist films of Golden Globe-nominated, British actress Anne Heywood. In collaboration with independent producer Raymond Stross, Heywood starred in a series of groundbreaking British and American social melodramas in the 1960s and 1970s that were among the first to sensitively explore such important gender and sexual identity issues as lesbianism and bisexuality (The Fox), transgenderism (I Want What I Want), and physical and psychological abuse (The Very Edge, 90 Degrees in the Shade, and Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff).
An interview that Dr. Weedman conducted with Anne Heywood was published in the mass-market film magazine Cinema Retro (January 2017), which is available at Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.
Dr. Weedman's article "A Dark Exilic Vision of Sixties Britain: Gothic Horror and Film Noir Pervading Losey and Pinter's The Servant" has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of Cinema Journal (University of Texas Press). This article on director Joseph Losey and dramatist-screenwriter Harold Pinter's landmark British film examines how it employs genre elements from Gothic horror and film noir to create an apocalyptic film examining the social fears of Britain during Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's administration in the early 1960s.
During his twelve years of teaching at three separate universities, Dr. Weedman has taught courses on American and British Cinema, International Film History, Film Production Theory, Literature and Film, Film Documentaries, Psycho and the Modern Horror-Thriller, 20th-century British and American Literature and Drama, Noir Crime Literature, and Composition.
Feel free to contact Dr. Weedman if you have any questions!
Dr. Weedman participating in a video roundtable discussion on horror films, sponsored by Reading Area Community College's student newspaper The Front Street Journal.
Full curriculum vitae available upon request