Miss Laura Mee

Job: PhD Candidate

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Media and Communication

Research group(s): Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: n/a

E: laura.mee@email.dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/research/centres-institutes/cathi/index.aspx


Personal profile

I graduated from De Montfort University in 2008 (BA Hons Media and Film Studies), and was subsequently awarded the Peter Orton Scholarship to undertake an MA in Film Studies by Independent Study (Distinction). My MA research focused on American remakes of cult Japanese horror films.

I am now a PhD student based in the Cinema and Television History (CATH) research centre at DMU, and my research is funded by an AHRC Studentship Competition 2010 award. My thesis uses recent examples from contemporary American and British horror cinema to explore the process of remaking as a mode of adaptation. The study will consider the motives for remaking films, and aims to analyse the ways in which texts are adapted for and appropriated by new audiences.

In addition to horror cinema, film remakes and adaptation, my wider research interests include contemporary American cinema, cult film and fandom.

Research group affiliations

  • Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre

Key research outputs

‘The re-rape and revenge of Jennifer Hills: Gender and genre in I Spit on Your Grave (2010)’, in Horror Studies Volume 4, Issue 1 (forthcoming, 2013).

Rethinking Cinema and Television History: Contemporary Approaches and Critical Perspectives, co-edited with Johnny Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (forthcoming).

Research interests/expertise

Adaptation; film remakes and sequels; horror cinema; cult film; fandom; promotion and marketing; contemporary American cinema; genre.


MA, Film Studies by Independent Study (Distinction) (Dissertation: Remaking Japanese Horror Cinema)
De Montfort University, September 2008 – September 2010 (part-time study)

BA (Hons), Media and Film Studies (First Class)
De Montfort University, September 2005 – June 2008

Courses taught

  • Adaptation (workshops on comic books and real life events)
  • Cult cinema (lecture on Asian extreme cinema)

Conference attendance

‘The re-rape and revenge of Jennifer Hills: Understanding I Spit on Your Grave (2010)’, at Cine Excess V, Odeon Covent Garden (Brunel University), May 2011.

‘“Think you can bring the dead back to life?”: Platinum Dunes and the horror franchise reboot’, at Cine Excess VI, Odeon Covent Garden (Brunel University), May 2012.

Externally funded research grants information

AHRC Studentship Competition (2010), for PhD study at De Montfort University.


Internally funded research project information

Peter Orton Scholarship (2008), for MA study at De Montfort University.
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