Dr Martin Hall

Senior Lecturer: Media & Film Studies

School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

E: m.hall@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 876 558

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I am a lecturer in Film and Media studies at York St John University. My research focusses primarily on the areas of European and British art cinemas, comedy and the American independent cinema. 

Since completing my PhD in the field of 1960s British and European Art cinema I have lectured at the University of Hull, Lincoln University, and the University of Salford and have published on the works of François Truffaut, Ray Bradbury, Roman Polanski and Woody Allen. My recent publications have centred on the work of Woody Allen, a paper for Comedy Studies Journal concerning Allen’s use of magic realism in his films, titled, ‘Is there any magic in the moonlight? Woody Allen and the absurdity of perfection’, and a book chapter which constitutes an exploration of the referentiality and intermediality of Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry (1997) for an edited volume titled, Referentiality in the films of Woody Allen.

I am currently undertaking research in the field of gender, looking at both gender and cross-dressing in European cinemas and also gender, transgression and subversion in ’Nordic Noir’. I am currently completing a conference paper for a special ’transnational stardom' panel of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference exploring the representation of gender and subversion of archetypes in Kim Bodnia’s work for Nordic Noir television.


Further Information



Book Chapters

Hall, M (2015) ‘“Thank God the French Exist” The referentiality in the formal elements of film in Deconstructing Harry’ in Referentiality and the films of Woody Allen, Szlezak, Klara ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hall, M, (2013) ‘The Silver Locusts on the Silver Screen: How Ray Bradbury’s Mars confronts the British-Art Cinema of the 1960s’ in Gloria McMillan ed. Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: biographical, anthropological, literary, scientific and other perspectives. London: McFarland and Co.

Book Reviews

Transnational Cinemas Journal - August ’18. Austin Fisher’s edited volume Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads: Studies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation (2016)

Transnational Cinemas Journal - August ’18. Ewa Mazierska’s From Self-Fulfilment to Survival of the Fittest: work in European cinema from the 1960s to the present(2016)

Journal Articles

Cogent Journal of Social Science - March ’17. ‘Roman Polanski’s Treatment of Mutable Identity in his film The Tenant (1976)’

Comedy Studies Journal - December ’14. ‘Is there any magic in the moonlight? Woody Allen and the absurdity of perfection’

Hall, M (2014) ‘Is there any Magic in the Moonlight? Woody Allen and the absurdity of perfection’ Comedy Studies, 5, 2, pp. 104-112.


Conference Papers



University of York - September ’17. ‘Eve (1962): Joseph Losey’s Biggest Mistake’

York St John University – June ’17. ‘Who is the Jewish Monster? The Golem and Jewish Diaspora in the gothic tradition and Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog (1991)’

Sheffield University – May ’17. ‘Children, Childhood and Autobiography in the Work of Woody Allen’

York St John University – May ’17. ‘The significance of psychedelic music in Peter Sykes’ 1968 dystopia, The Committee

Hull University – March ’16. ‘Material Culture and Collective Memory: The significance of nostalgia and remembered culture at wartime in Larry Gelbart’s M*A*S*H’

University of Huddersfield - November ’13. ‘How Woody Allen’s magical realist rejection of the harsh realities of life has coloured his filmmaking’

Portsmouth University - October ’10. ‘Cross-Dressing in Crises: Identity Anxieties in the Films of Roman Polanski’



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