Staff profile

Tom Craig

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Film Production Senior Lecturer in Film Theory and Criticism

Tom Craig teaching a class on film production


Film and Media


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film Production. In 2010 and 2011 I was nominated for Derby University's 'Lecturer of the Year' award. I have also been nominated for the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence. 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.

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

As well as my academic interests I am also an accomplished writer and producer in my own right. Following a run of critically acclaimed short films, I turned my hand to feature film production in the form of the supernatural thriller Cold Mile House. Through my work for the Malta Film Commission, I have been involved in the successful financing of over thirty short films, features and documentaries. I have also worked as a mentor for several major cinematic productions and advised the Maltese government in relation to their Film Equity Investment Scheme. Recent press coverage of my work includes: the BBC, AOL News, Channel 4, Balance magazine, the Derby Telegraph, and Focus magazine. I am regularly featured on British television and radio in relation to both my own work and my knowledge of film as a medium.

Having spent a lifetime working in film education, production and financing, I set up Big Brain Films in 2017 with three key aims:

Big Brain Films is the trading name of Aria Film Consultancy Limited.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

International experience

I regularly lecture at the University of Malta and Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.

Additional interests and activities

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, video games, and playing Bluegrass banjo.