For more than three decades, I have been researching American film history from the beginnings to the present, as well as the global dimensions of Hollywood cinema, especially its relationship with Germany. My work concentrates on thematic currents and formal developments in mainstream American cinema and on the changing social, political, cultural and industrial contexts in which films are made and seen.
I am the author of The General (BFI Film Classics, 2016), Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (BFI Film Classics, 2014), A Clockwork Orange (Palgrave ‘Controversies’, 2011), 2001: A Space Odyssey (BFI Film Classics, 2010) and The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars (Wallflower Press, 2005), and the co-editor of The Hollywood Renaissance: Revisiting American Cinema’s Most Celebrated Era (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives (Black Dog, 2015), The Silent Cinema Reader (Routledge, 2004) and Screen Acting (Routledge, 1999). Born in Germany in 1961, I studied at Cologne University in Germany and at the University of East Anglia. In addition to my position at DMU, I am a Senior Fellow in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA as well as a regular guest lecturer in the Film Studies department at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) and at the University of Television and Film Munich (Germany).