Dr Bruce Bennett

Senior Lecturer

Current Teaching


I am currently co-supervising the following PhD projects:

  • Areej Alghamdi, Saudi Women's Incorporeal Heritage
  • Ian Hunt, Cinema and memory
  • Vicky James, The Migrant Mime - Documentary film and migrant identity
  • Rui Qian, Migrant workers in post-'90s Chinese cinema

I have supervised the following PhDs:

  • Dr Bernadette Salem (2019),Cinema and commercial space tourism: The politics of escapism
  • Dr Matthew Smith (2019), The figure of the child in British cinema
  • Dr Laura Clancy (2019: AHRC/ESRC co-funded), The (Family) Firm: Representation and Power in the British Royal Family
  • Dr Rona Murray (2019), Situations of Absence: Silence and Invisibility in Women's Cinema
  • Dr Liz Nichols (2017), Distracted Spectatorship: The cinematic experience and franchise films
  • Dr Anna Martin (2014).Writing the Star: Stardom, Fandom and Real Person Fanfiction
  • Dr Imogen Robertson (2013). Intervals, Rhythms and Waves: Relations of Affect in Case Studies of Subjective Documentary from the 1980s and 1990s
  • Dr Katherine Harrison (2009: AHRC-funded). Terror/Democracy: An iconology
  • Dr Alex Simcock (2009: AHRC-funded). Rethinking Film and Television through the made-for-TV movie
  • Dr Dominique Ying-chih Liao (2008). Film and theatre in post-martial law Taiwan


I currently contribute lectures to the modules on the brand new MA in Film Studies, Transnational Cinemas (LICA441) and Research Methods: Contemporary Film Theory (LICA440), and supervise MA dissertations.


I currently convene the 2nd-year core Film Studies module, Hollywood and Beyond: Global Cinema (LICA251), and the third-year option module, Silent Cinema (LICA355).

I also contribute lectures on the 1st-year Film Studies core modules, Introduction to Film Studies (LICA150) and British Cinema (LICA102), the 1st-year core module, Fundamentals: Contemporary Arts and Design (LICA101), the 2nd-year core module, Critical Reflections (LICA200), and I am supervising undergraduate dissertations on a variety of topics.

The fine art of cycling: bicycles, modernity and political art
Bennett, B. 16/02/2021 In: Cycling Societies. Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Cycling, Art and Utopian Possibilities
Bennett, B. 15/06/2020

Cycling, Art and Utopian Possibilities
Bennett, B. 29/05/2020

Transnational Communities for Dismantling Detention: From Manus Island to the UK
Boochani, B., Flores, D., Sibanda, A., Mujakachi, V., Temboman, ., Fafa, ., Huzzard, R., Cape-Davenhill, L., Sirriyeh, A., Lewis, H., Lonergan, G., Conlon, D., Bennett, B., Tofighian, O. 25/03/2020 In: Community Psychology in Global Perspective. 6, 1, p. 108-128. 21 p.
Journal article

Close Encounters with Foreigness
Bennett, B., Marciniak, K. 3/03/2020 In: Transnational Screens. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Cinema and Cycling, Technological Twins.
Bennett, B. 13/02/2020
Web publication/site

Cycling and Cinema
Bennett, B.T. 16/04/2019 London : Goldsmiths Press. 248 p. ISBN: 9781906897994.

Close Encounters with Foreignness
Bennett, B.T., Marciniak, K. 8/04/2019 In: Transnational Screens (Formerly Transnational Cinemas (2010-2018)). 10, 2, p. 89-102. 14 p.
Journal article

Becoming refugees: Exodus and contemporary mediations of the refugee crisis
Bennett, B.T. 10/07/2018 In: Transnational Cinemas. 9, 1, p. 13-30. 18 p.
Journal article

Introduction: Aporias of Foreignness: Transnational Encounters in Cinema
Marciniak, K., Bennett, B.T. 12/06/2018 In: Transnational Cinemas. 9, 1, p. 1-12. 12 p.
Journal article

Trump's body
Bennett, B.T. 18/11/2016
Other contribution

Teaching transnational cinema: politics and pedagogy
Marciniak, K., Bennett, B. 7/04/2016 New York : Routledge. 312 p. ISBN: 9781138928435.

Against aspiration
Tyler, I., Bennett, B. 25/08/2015
Other chapter contribution

The comedy of terror: 'Gary: Tank Commander' and the TV sitcom's "discourse of impropriety"
Bennett, B. 15/06/2015 In: The 'War on Terror'. Cardiff : University of Wales Press
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The cinema of Michael Bay: an aesthetic of excess
Bennett, B. 13/06/2015 In: Senses of Cinema. 75
Journal article

Loving the alien: indigenous protest and neo-colonial violence in Avatar
Bennett, B. 11/2014 In: Immigrant protest. New York : SUNY Press p. 96-119. 24 p. ISBN: 9781438453118. Electronic ISBN: 9781438453125.

The art of disobedience: the domopolitics of The Institute for the Art & Practice of Dissent at Home
Bennett, B., Tyler, I. 5/09/2014 In: 5. Everton : The Institute for the Art & Practice of Dissent at Home p. 9-17. 9 p.

The cinema of Michael Winterbottom: borders, intimacy, terror
Bennett, B. 2014 New York : Wallflower Press, Columbia University Press. 224 p. ISBN: 9780231167369.

The normativity of 3D: cinematic journeys, 'imperial visuality', and unchained cameras
Bennett, B. 22/11/2013 In: Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media. 55
Journal article

Documenting the War on Terror
Bennett, B. 16/10/2013
Other contribution

Cinema, Time and Children
Bennett, B. 24/09/2013
Other contribution

Unexpected cinematic journeys and ethnographic spectacle in contemporary 3D films: Research provocation
Bennett, B. 2013
Other contribution

Book Reviews : The Comedy of Chaplin, Dan Kamin and Disappearing Tricks, Matthew Solomon
Bennett, B. 10/2012 In: Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies. 24, 7 p.
Book/Film/Article review

"Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land”: notes on 'Pleasureland' (2010) by Darren Andrews
Bennett, B. 2012
Other contribution

Lu Chuan
Bennett, B. 2012 In: Directory of World Cinema: China. Bristol : Intellect Books p. 69-73. 5 p. ISBN: 9781841505589.

X-Ray visions: photography, propaganda and Guantánamo Bay
Bennett, B. 2012 In: Controversial Images. Palgrave Macmillan p. 67-84. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The hurt locker: cinematic addiction, ‘critique’ and the war on terror
Bennett, B., Diken, B. 07/2011 In: Cultural Politics. 7, 2, p. 165-188. 24 p.
Journal article

Framing terror : cinema, docudrama and the war on terror.
Bennett, B. 12/2010 In: Studies in Documentary Film. 4, 3, p. 209-225. 17 p.
Journal article

Celebrity chav : fame, femininity and social class.
Tyler, I., Bennett, B. 08/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 3, p. 375-393. 19 p.
Journal article

‘Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land’: Darren Andrews’ Pleasureland (2010)
Bennett, B. 04/2010
Other contribution

Children and robots, technophobia and cinephilia
Bennett, B. 2008 In: Cinema and Technology . London and New York : Palgrave Macmillan p. 168-182. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Cinema and technology: cultures, theories, practices.
Bennett, B., Furstenau, M., Mackenzie, A. 2008 London : Palgrave. ISBN: 9780230524774.

Cinematic perspectives on the 'war on terror' : the road to Guantanamo (2006) and activist cinema.
Bennett, B. 2008 In: New Cinemas. 6, 2, p. 111-126. 16 p.
Journal article

Introduction: Cinema and Technology/Cinema as Technology
Bennett, B., Furstenau, M., Mackenzie, A. 2008 In: Cinema and Technology. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 1-18. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Towards a General Economics of Cinema
Bennett, B. 09/2007 In: Fiction and Economy. London and New York : Palgrave Macmillan p. 167-186. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

'Very un-British films: Michael Winterbottom and the Cinema of Incompatibility'
Bennett, B. 2007 In: Re-Reading Britain Today. Shanghai : Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press p. 285-299. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Review of Vivian Sobchack, 'Carnal Thoughts: Embodiment and Moving Image Culture'
Bennett, B. 2007 In: Feminist Review. 85, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Screening unlivable lives: the cinema of borders.
Tyler, I., Bennett, B. 2007 In: Transnational feminism in film and media. New York : Palgrave Macmillan p. 21-36. 16 p. ISBN: 1403983704.

Mary Anne Doane, The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2002, 288 pp
Bennett, B. 2004 In: Screen. 45, 4, 6 p.
Book/Film/Article review

High theory: a report on the 'Figuring Addictions/Rethinking Consumption' conference, 1-5 April 2002, Lancaster University
Bennett, B. 2003 In: Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies.
Book/Film/Article review

How it feels
SHaH, Bennett, B., Botting, F., Palladino, P., Tyler, I., Wilson, S. 2002 In: Crash cultures : modernity, mediation and the material. Bristol : Intellect Books p. 23-35. 13 p. ISBN: 9781841500713.

semic code, discourse, 180-degree system, indirect address
Bennett, B. 2001
Other chapter contribution

Misrecognizing film studies: Review of Bordwell, David, and Noel Carroll, "Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies"
Bennett, B. 2000 In: Film-Philosophy. 4, 5
Book/Film/Article review

Report on 1998 Screen studies conference.
Bennett, B., Tyler, I. 1999 In: Screen. 40, 1, 5 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Richard Dyer "White" (Book review)
Bennett, B. 1999 In: Parallax. 5, 1
Book/Film/Article review