Mr Tom Craig

Tom Craig

Position: Lecturer in Media

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About

I am the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film and Video Production, and BA (Hons) Production Design. In 2010 and 2011 I was nominated for Derby University's 'Lecturer of the Year' award. I have taught Film, Media and Cultural Studies in Higher Education since 1997, and specialise in critical approaches to the Horror genre. I am particularly interested in 1950s American Invasion Narratives.

I'm currently writing a book (Horror/Nation) for Intellect on national/transnational approaches to the horror genre with Dr Felix Thompson (Film and Television Studies).

In addition to my academic research I work as both a scriptwriter and producer. In 2009 I successfully premiered Sugar Drop (Dir. Sean Ford/Daniel Romero). Described as 'fantastic - true to life and poignant' (Lifescan), Sugar Drop was the first film in the Bitter/Sweet Trilogy: a series of avant-garde horror films that are based on my experience of living with Type I Diabetes. Since initial release, the project has attracted international media attention as well as widespread support from diabetes sufferers and healthcare providers worldwide.

Since joining the University of Derby I have been involved in a number of community based, outward facing projects. In 2009 I oversaw the production of a documentary about St Osmund's Church in Derbyshire. I subsequently helped produce a feature length documentary (The Carnival) for the Derby West Indian Community Association. I have also presented a number of guest lectures around the country and has been actively involved in the National Films for Schools Week.

I'm currently the writer/producer of Cold Mile House; a contemporary Gothic psychological horror that will be directed by veteran New Zealand filmmaker Christine Parker.

I've made several recent appearances in both local and national press, television and radio. I'm an avid fan of the cinema of Lars Von Trier and the fiction of Stephen King. My primary influences include Robert Pirsig, Thomas Pynchon, William Burroughs, Tom Waits, and Jan Svankmajer.

In my spare time I play traditional Bluegrass Banjo.

Research interests

  • National/Transnational Cinema
  • The Horror Genre
  • Early American Melodrama
  • Film Noir
  • New Zealand Cinema
  • Race and Representation

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Recent publications

  • Ben Dover in Cyberspace:British pornographic films on the Internet' in The Journal of Popular British CinemaVol. 3 (London: Flicks Books,2000)
  • Invasion of the Internet Abusers' (with Julian Petley) in Ill Effects(London: Routledge, 2001)
  • Review of 'Gilliam on Gilliam' in The Journal of Popular British Cinema Vol. 4 (London: Flicks Books, 2001)
  • MediaWise: The Internet(London: Hodder, 2002)
  • Cinema Culture on the Internet: A Report' in The Journal of Popular British Cinema Vol. 5 (Edinburgh University Press, 2006)

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