Dr Matthew Kerry

Matthew Kerry

Position: Associate Lecturer (Media and Communications)

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Humanities

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Associate Lecturer (Media and Communications)

Teaching responsibilities

Modules include Screen Narration, Audiences and Audience Research, Television and Tourism, Work-based Learning in the Creative and Cultural Industries, Management Experience in the Creative and Cultural Industries, Independent Research Project in Media Production, and Crash-course Introduction to Video Making (extra-curricular).

Professional interests

Matthew Kerry's research interests combine British film and popular representations of leisure. He is the author of the monograph The Holiday and British Film (2012) which encompasses these two interests.

Dr Kerry also teaches media practice and is particulalry enthusiastic about highlighting the connection between theory and practice in this area of study. His forthcoming text book, Introducing Media Practice: the Essential Guide reveals how there is little distinction between  theory and practice, and how each informs the other.

Research interests

  • British film
  • Media and film representations of the British holiday and leisure
  • Amateur film and home movies


  • November 2014: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • September 2009: Doctor of Philosophy. Research in The Holiday, Britishness and British Film, Nottingham Trent University
  • September 2006: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Nottingham Trent University
  • September 2005: Certificate in Research Practice, Nottingham Trent University
  • November 2003: MA with Distinction, Cinema Studies, Nottingham Trent University. Dissertation project on the Children’s Film Foundation
  • June 1992: HND in Film and Television, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design

Recent publications

Monograph: The Holiday and British Film (2012), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

The Changing Face of the Amateur Holiday Film as Constructed by Postwar Amateur Cine World (1945-1951)’, Historical Journal of Popular Film, Radio and Television, (August 2014), London: Routledge.

'Representations of the Family in Postwar British Amateur Film: Family Histories in the Lane and Scrutton Collection at East Anglian Film Archive', The History of the Family, (May 2016), vol. 21, Issue 2, Taylor and Francis.

Chapter: ‘Claiming the Suburbs: Children and the Children’s Film Foundation in Post-war British Cinema’, in Filmurbia! Screening the Suburbs, (2017), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Introducing Media Practice, the Essential Guide, (co-authored text book with Georgia Stone), (2018), London: Sage.

'The Country, the City, the Sea, and Girls with Green Eyes, the Films of Desmond Davies and Edna O'Brien' in Narratives and Place, London: Routledge.

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