Professor John Hill

Personal profile

John Hill joined Royal Holloway in 2004 from the University of Ulster where he was Professor of Media Studies and Head of the School of Media and Performing Arts. His PhD is from the University of York and his MA from the University of Glasgow. From 2004 to 2014, he was Head of Research in the Department of Media Arts. During this time he was responsible for the submissions to RAE 2008 and REF 2014 in which the department was placed in the top ten departments for media and communication research in the UK.

Hill’s research and writing has focused on a variety of areas including film and television history, national and regional cinemas, the film industry, film policy and the politics of film. Hill is the author of Sex, Class and Realism: British Cinema 1956-63 (1986), British Cinema in the 1980s (1999), Cinema and Northern Ireland: Film, Culture and Politics (2006) and Ken Loach: The Politics of Film and Television (2011) as well as the co-author of  Cinema and Ireland (1987). He is also the editor or co-editor of various collections including Border Crossing: Film in Ireland, Britain and Europe (1994), Big Picture, Small Screen: the Relations Between Film and Television (1996), The Oxford Guide to Film Studies (1998), the Companion to British and Irish Cinema (forthcoming) and three special issues of the Journal of British Cinema and Television - on Film in Britain in the New Millennium (2012), Radical Television Drama (2013) and Ken Russell (2015) - and a special issue of the Journal of International Cultural Policy on Film Policy in a Globalised Cultural Cultural Economy (2016).

He is currently leading the AHRC-funded research project on The History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK. Previously he was engaged in successful bids for the establishment and funding of the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, the Irish Postgraduate Film Seminar and the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster (for which he was awarded over £3 million).

John has also been involved in a range of other professional activities including:

  • Founding member of the Board of Directors, UK Film Council
  • Chair, Northern Ireland Film Council
  • Member of the Board of Governors, British Film Institute
  • Member of the the first Communications, Cultural and Media Studies panel for the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
  • Chair, Working Group on the Film Industry in Europe, European Institute for the Media
  • Founding chair of the Foyle Film Festival
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of British Cinema and Television and of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Cineaste, Television and New Media and Scope.

Hill is also an experienced PhD supervisor who has supervised sixteen students to the successful completion of PhDs on a range of topics including broadcasting and the 'troubles', the cinema and Ireland, Irish popular music, the films of Derek Jarman and Chris Marker, the digital distribution of documentary and the politics of Turkish cinema. In terms of teaching, Hill has been responsible for a range of courses on film and television history, film analysis and criticism, British and European cinema, the film industry and Hollywood.

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