Professor Ian Hunter

Job: Professor of Film Studies

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

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

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

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551




Personal profile

Film, British cinema, genre, exploitation, science fiction, horror, trash, Hammer, cult film, adaptations.

Key research outputs

British Comedy Cinema, ed. I.Q. Hunter and Laraine Porter, London: Routledge, 2012.

British Trash Cinema, London: Palgrave BFI, 2013 (in press).

Science Fiction Across Media: Adaptation / Novelization, ed. Thomas Van Parys and I.Q. Hunter, London: Glyphi, 2012.

I.Q. Hunter, ed., British Science Fiction Cinema (London: Routledge, 1999)  

'Exploitation as adaptation', Scope: An Online Journal of Film & TV Studies, 15 (November 2009) and eBook Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworking, Transformation, ed. Iain Robert Smith, pp. 8 - 33. 

Research interests/expertise

British and American cinema; cult film; genre cinema; adaptations, horror, Hammer, trash cinema.

Areas of teaching

  • Film studies 
  • Adaptation


  • DPhil, Oxford University 1991 The Films of Paul Schrader
  • BA Hons (First Class) English Language and Literature, Brasenose College, Oxford University 1985 

Courses taught

  • FILM 3008: Cult Film
  • FILM 3010: Film Genres
  • ENGL: 3084: Literature on Screen

Membership of external committees

  • Steering Committee, Association of Adaptation Studies 2005 - 2010
  • Member of Advisory Group, International Association of Audience and Fan Studies (IAAFS)

Conference attendance

‘Doomwatch etc.: TV SF on film’, paper at Alien Nation: A Conference on British Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Television, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 20 July 2011.

 ‘Lairy white worms’, invited keynote plenary paper, Romantic Adaptations: A Strawberry Hill Symposium, Two Day International Conference, St Mary’s University College, London, 26 March 2011.

‘Facing my Waterloo – Mamma Mia!’, Romcom Actually: A Two Day International Conference on Romantic Comedy in Film and Television, CATH Research Centre, De Montfort University, and the School of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia, Cultural eXchanges, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, 2 – 3 March 2011.

‘A Clockwork Orgy: a user’s guide’, Erotic Adaptations, Centre for Adaptations and Onscenity Research Network, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, 26 January 2011.

 ‘Three ways not to remake a British cult film’, paper at Rewriting, Remixing and Reloading: Adaptations Across the Globe International Conference, Centre for British Studies, Berlin, 30 September 2010. Attendance funded by Association of Adaptation Studies.

‘Antony Balch at The Jacey and The Times’, paper at From Silent Screen to Digital Screen: A Century Exhibition, Two-Day Conference, De Montfort University and Phoenix Square, Leicester, 11 July 2010.

‘Secrets of Sex explained for you’, paper at Cine-Excess IV: The Fourth International Conference on Global Cult Film: Corporeal Excess: Cult Bodies, Brunel University, Odeon Covent Garden, 30 April 2010. Attendance funded by MFJ Research Committee.

‘Exposé and the horror of writing’, paper at The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship, A One-Day International Conference, University of York, 25 March 2010. Attendance funded by Centre for Adaptations.

‘Night Hair Child’, paper at Children’s Film and Literature: A One Day Conference, Cultural eXchanges, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, 1 March 2010.

‘Erotic inferno: British sex films in the 1970s’, paper at Talking ‘Dirty’: Sex and the Cinema, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds, 14 November 2009.  Attendance funded by MFJ Research Committee.

‘From adaptation to cinephilia: an intertextual odyssey’, invited keynote plenary paper, Science Fiction Across Media: Adaptation / Novelisation, Faculty of Arts, K.U. Leuven, 28 May 2009. Attendance funded by University of Leuven.

‘A (Psychogeographical) Rough Guide to The Lost Continent’, paper at Third Annual Association of Literature on Screen Studies Conference, University of Amsterdam, 26 September 2008. Attendance funded by Association of Adaptation Studies.

‘Exploitation as adaptation: imitation, rip-off and parody in Jawsploitation films from Gums to Deep Blue Sea’, paper at Cine -Excess II: The Second International Conference on Global Cult Film Traditions, Brunel University, ICA, London 1 May 2008. Attendance funded by MFJ Research Committee.

‘Exploitation as adaptation: imitation, rip-off and parody in Jawsploitation films from Gums to Deep Blue Sea’, invited keynote plenary paper at Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworking and Transformation, University of Nottingham, 19 March 2008. Attendance funded by University of Nottingham.

‘Sex Lives of the Potato Men and the decline of the British working class’, paper at Playing for Laughs: On Comedy in Performance Symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, 10 February 2008. 

Other forms of public presentation

Interviewed for Rex Appeal tx. BBC4 28 September 2011.

‘British sex films’, public talk at Fantasma: A One-Day Symposium on Fantastic Films, TIMECODE seminar series, National Media Museum, Bradford, 4 June 2010. Podcast:

Introduction and post-film Q&A at screening of A Clockwork Orange, From Page to Screen: Bridport’s Film Festival, Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, 3 April 2010.

 ‘Cult film as a guide to life’, public lecture, Cultural eXchanges, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, 6 March 2009.

‘Intertextuality unleashed: in pursuit of Jaws from novel to videogame and beyond’, paper at Centre for Adaptations Research Seminar, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, 4 December 2008.

‘The Golden Age of cult films maudits’, invited research paper at Film Studies Seminar Series, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, 2 December 2008.

Panel member, Future of Adaptation Studies, Cultural eXchanges, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, 27 February 2008.

Convenor and paper, ‘Through a slash optic – or what my epic three-part journey through slash taught me about fandom, pornography and my own dumb ignorance’, Slash 3: The Final Cut, The 3rd and Last DMU Fanfiction Study Day, Cultural eXchanges, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, 25 February 2008. 

Consultancy work

External Advisor for development of MRes programmes in Department of English and History, Edge Hill University, 2011 – 2012.

Consultant to the Dinosaur Gallery at the Natural History Museum, London, April 2011.

External panel member, validation of BA/BSc Film & Popular Culture, School of Communication, Culture and Creative Arts, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London, 7 September 2009.

Undergraduate Programme Assessor (Chief), BA (Hons) Media and Communication, Glasgow Caledonian University 2006 – 2010

Current research students

  • Eve Bennett, PhD (AHRC funded), 1st supervisor
  • Laura Mee, PhD (AHRC funded), 1st supervisor
  • Johnny Walker, PhD, 2nd supervisor
  • James Fenwick, MAIS, 1st supervisor
  • Trevor Edwards, MAIS, 1st supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

Onscenity: Sex, Commerce, Media and Technology Research Network, AHRC funded, 2010 – 12, on steering committee


Internally funded research project information

Included in Film Studies RIF bid, co-ordinated by Steve Chibnall, in 2008 – 9 that led to funding for Bloodlines conference in February 2010 and in 2009 – 10 that led to funding for Romcom Actually conference in March 2011. 


Professional esteem indicators

Transgressive Culture (Glyphi), member of editorial board since 2010.

Book proposal reviewing for Routledge, Horror, 2010, Brigid Cherry

Book proposal reviewing for BFI/Palgrave, 100 Cult Films, Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik, forthcoming 2011, 100 SF Film, Barry Keith Grant, forthcoming 2011.

Case studies

Invitation to give talk on cult film at film festival in Brussels, March 2012.

Broadcast on Rex Appeal BBC4 programme on dinosaurs on film.

Consultant to Natural History Museum in 2011 re. copy on dinosaurs on film in Dinosaur Gallery.

Commissioned article on British science fiction film in Little White Lies.

Online reviews of booklet notes for Permissive.

I. Q, Hunter

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