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Sarah joined the School of Film, Television and Media Studies in 2011 after completing her PhD on the representations of masculinity in 90s British cinema which she completed at UEA. Sarah’s research and teaching continue to focus on questions of gender and sexuality within both British and American film and television. After studying for a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Theory Sarah worked in film and television production for several years as an Assistant Producer and Editor; she draws on this industrial background in a number of the modules that she teaches and also in her capacity as co-director of Make Media – a video production company that is based within the School.

External Activities

  • Sarah is co-director of the School’s student-orientated video production company, Make Media which seeks to provide students with professional style production training and industrial work experience.
  • She is also the co-organiser of Norwich’s International Day of the Girl event and works with local schools, colleges and community groups to run an annual art and education event which raises awareness of girl’s issues globally while also addressing the issues of girls closer to home.
  • Sarah is a judge for Norwich Film Festival and is also part of the organising team for Norwich Sound and Vision.
  • Sarah has worked with Norfolk Guides, the Women’s Institute, BEAT and was also the academic lead on the 2012 BT Big Voice film competition in which the School of Film, Television and Media Studies were a regional production partner working with 3 winning production teams to create a series of films that were used as part of the London Olympic celebrations.

Key Research Interests

Sarah’s research interests focus predominantly on questions of gender, race, sexuality and class in recent British and American film and television. She is particularly interested in questions about post-feminism within a British context. Her thesis looked at the representations of masculinity in 90s British cinema and focused specifically on questions of fatherhood, new lad culture and the crisis of masculinity. She is co-editor of an anthology focusing on the British director Shane Meadows and has also written about Mike Leigh and Nick Love. Sarah is currently researching the celebrity image of Danny Dyer and also working on representations of gender and family in British children’s television.

Areas of Expertise

British cinema - 1970 to contemporary; gender; British television; film making.

Teaching Interests

Sarah’s teaching encompasses both theoretical and practical aspects of film and television studies. She teaches the theory modules Gender and Genre in Contemporary Cinema, British Cinema Since the 90s and her practice teaching includes Television Studio Production and the Professional Video Production module.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality