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 in the Department of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Film Studies from Southern Illinois University in 2011. His research and teaching interests include American, British, and European film history and criticism, 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, Abel Gance, Jean-Pierre Melville, Roberto Rossellini, Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski, and Hiroshi Teshigahara 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).
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 is in the current issue of the mass-market film magazine Cinema Retro (volume 13, issue 37; January 2017), which is available at Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.
Dr. Weedman will soon be reviewing French writer-director Marcel Pagnol's "Marseille Trilogy" (Marius, 1931; Fanny, 1932; and César, 1936) for the online edition of Film International. The films will be presented in a 4k digital restoration by Janus Films and screened exclusively in Philadelphia at Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse Cinema starting on March 24th.
His interview with American film director/writer/producer Linda Yellen will be published in an upcoming special issue of the print edition of Film International focusing on "Women Directors." Yellen looks back at her award-winning career, including her Emmy Award for the Holocaust television drama Playing for Time (1980, starring Vanessa Redgrave), which was scripted by dramatist Arthur Miller.
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