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Dr Damien Pollard


Department: Arts

My research focuses on Italian cinema, horror cinema, film sound and popular African cinema. I'm particularly interested in how film sound brings together questions of films' industrial production and questions of film form, merging the contextual and the textual. Much of my work suggests that the study of film sound can therefore help us to better understand films' complex interactions with the social and historical contexts in which they were made. My monograph, Sounding Out the Giallo is forthcoming and my co-edited volume Film Exhibition: The Italian Context (with Edward Bowen, Legenda) will come out in 2024. Additional articles have appeared in Screen, Discourse, the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, Sound Studies and L’Avventura.

Prior to completing my PhD, I was a practicing non-fiction filmmaker and I specialised in making filsm for the medical and healthcare sectors. My current teaching spans film history, film theory and film practice. 


Damien Pollard

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  • Rendering the Umwelt: Foley, Animal Life and Ethics, Pollard, D. 25 Mar 2024, In: The Soundtrack
  • Embalmed Air: The Case of the Cinematic Bubble, Pollard, D. 1 Mar 2023, In: Discourse
  • Notturno: An atmospheric aesthetic, Pollard, D. 1 Jun 2022, In: Journal of Italian Cinema Media Studies
  • “Can’t You Hear Me?” Ideologies of the Voice in Giallo Cinema, Pollard, D. 2020, In: Screen
  • Coherently Incoherent? Dario Argento’s Phenomena and the Influence of the Music Video, Pollard, D. 2020, In: L'avventura: International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes
  • Radio Alice and Italy's Movement of 1977: polyvocality, sonority and space, Pollard, D. 1 Jun 2020, In: Sound Studies
  • Review of Rome: Modernity, Postmodernity and Beyond, Pollard, D. 2020, In: Modern Language Review
  • ‘I’m blind, not deaf!’: Hegemonic soundscapes and resistant hearing in Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Inferno, Pollard, D. 1 Jan 2019, In: Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies

Film and Television Studies PhD June 14 2021

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