Filipa Antunes
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Academic Background

PhD in Film, Television and Media (UEA)

MA in Film Studies (UCL)

MA in Screenwriting (The London Film School)

Licenciatura in Communication Sciences, with a specialism in Journalism (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)


Dr. Filipa Antunes is a Lecturer in Humanities specialising in media and culture. Her main research interests are childhood and popular culture, especially when the two intersect: ratings and other forms of media regulation; boundaries between childhood and adulthood (and the culture of children and adults); and representations of childhood, parenthood, and family.

Filipa's monograph, “Children Beware! Childhood, Horror and the PG-13 Rating" (McFarland, 2020) charts the children's horror trend of the 1980s and 1990s to explore important shifts in the film industry (including dramatic changes to the ratings system) and in American cultural attitudes toward childhood, pre-adolescence, the meaning of ratings, and the horror genre.

Filipa has also published on the PG-13 rating, parenting trends and the family film in Journal of Film and Media, Journal of Children and Media and other journals.

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Key Research Interests and Expertise

Genre studies

Reception studies and methodologies

Media classification

Media industries


Children's Horror

Childhood and the Family

Popular culture, including children's culture