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Born in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, Leighton Grist has degrees from the Universities of Cardiff – BA (Hons) in English Literature (1979) – and Warwick – MA in English Literature (1984), PhD in Film Studies (1994). He has taught at the University of Winchester since 1994, being presently Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Programme Leader for MA Film Studies. He has written and presented extensively on film and related subjects, including work on classical and post-classical Hollywood, film authorship, film genre, and matters pertaining to film theory, psychoanalysis, ideology, popular music, and gender.

Areas of expertise

  • Hollywood Cinema
  • Film Genre
  • Film Authorship
  • Film and Politics
  • Film Criticism and Theory
  • Cinema and Psychoanalysis


  • The Films of Martin Scorsese, 1978-99: Authorship and Context II (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • ‘“You a Graffiti Artist?”: The Representation of Artists and the Visual Arts in the Film-Making of Martin Scorsese’, in Steven Allen and Laura Hubner (eds), Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts (Intellect, 2012)
  • ‘Use and Exchange: The Politics of Film Evaluation’, in Laura Hubner (ed.), Valuing Films: Shifting Perceptions of Worth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
  • ‘Protest as Reaction, Reaction as Text: The (Con)Textual Logics of The Last Temptation of Christ and The Passion of the Christ’, in Eric Christianson and Christopher Partridge (eds.), Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture (Equinox, 2010)
  • ‘Spielberg and ideology: nation, class, family, and War of the Worlds’, New Review of Film and Television Studies, vol. 7, no. 1 (March 2009)
  • ‘Whither Realism? Bazin Reconsidered’, in Lucía Nagib and Cecília Mello (eds), Realism and the Audiovisual Media (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • ‘Masculinity, Violence, Resistance: A New Psychoanalytic Reading of Raging Bull’, Atlantis, vol. 29, no. 1 (June 2007)
  • ‘Drugs, the family and recent American Cinema’, in Paul Manning (ed.), Drugs and Popular Culture: Drugs, media and identity in contemporary society (Willan, 2007)
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