Leon Hunt


Senior Lecturer

Room: Gaskell Building 160
Brunel University
United Kingdom
Tel: 01895 266586
Email: leon.hunt@brunel.ac.uk


Leon is a Senior Lecturer in Film and TV Studies. His teaching and research interests include Hong Kong cinema, popular East Asian cinema, Cult Film and TV, Horror, TV Comedy and British Film and Television. He has published widely in these areas. British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexploitation (Routledge 1998) explores some of the ‘forgotten’ areas of British popular culture (sexploitation films, youth cult novels, ‘low’ comedy), offers an alternative cultural history of the 1970s and engages with issues of taste and popularity.

Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger (Wallflower Press 2003) was the first English-language book-length academic study of Chinese martial arts cinema and its impact on global media, including the transnational stardom of Bruce Lee and Jet Li, the migration of Hong Kong film-making talent and aesthetics to Hollywood and the remediation of martial arts cinema through videogames and modern special effects technologies.  The book was translated into Chinese and reprinted by Peking University Press in 2011. East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film (co-edited with Leung Wing Fai, I.B. Tauris 2008) looks at the global impact of popular East Asian cinemas, and my own essay in the collection examines the way western filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Luc Besson have absorbed influences from Asian action genres.

The League of Gentlemen (BFI/Palgrave 2008) is a monograph in the BFI’s ‘TV Classics’ series. My current book Cult British TV Comedy (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2013) expands my research into the cult/post-alternative TV comedy of the last twenty years and includes case studies of Vic Reeves and sitcom writer Graham Linehan as well as exploring ‘dark’ and ‘cringe’ comedy and looking at issues of taste and offence. Leon is also currently co-editing (with Sharon Lockyer and Milly Williamson) Screening the Undead: Vampires and Zombies in Film and Television (I.B. Tauris forthcoming 2013.)

Research and Teaching

Research Overview

Leon Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in Film and TV Studies. Modules taught include British Film and Television, Hong Kong Cinema and The Horror Film. Research interests include Hong Kong Cinema, Martial Arts Films, Horror, British Cinema, and Cult TV.



Journal Papers

(2005) Hunt, L., Ong-Bak: New Thai cinema, Hong Kong and the cult of the 'real', New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 3 (2) : 69- 84

Book Chapters

(2011) Hunt, L., Dragons forever: Chinese martial arts stars. In: Lim, SH. and Ward, J. eds. The Chinese Cinema Book. British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan 141- 149

(2010) Hunt, L., Heroic chivalry, heroic sacrifice: "Martial arthouse" as epic cinema. In: The Epic Film in World Culture. Routledge (Forthcoming - 2011) : 63- 81

(2008) Hunt, L., Asiaphilia, Asianisation and the gatekeeper auteur: Quentin Tarantino and Luc Besson. In: Hunt, L. and Wing-Fai, L. eds. East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film. IB Tauris 226- 236

(2008) Hunt, L., From carnival to crumpet: low comedy in the 1970s. In: Biressi, A. and Nunn, H. eds. The Tabloid Culture Reader. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press 122- 132

(2008) Hunt, L., Han's island revisited: Enter the Dragon as transnational cult film. In: Mathijs, E. and Mendik, X. eds. The Cult Film Reader. Open University Press 301- 308

(2007) Hunt, L., Zhang Ziyi, 'Martial arthouse' and the transnational nuxia. In: Andris, S. and Frederick, U. eds. Women willing to fight: the fighting woman in film. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 144- 160

(2005) Hunt, L., Hell in a cell and other stories: violence, endangerment and authenticity in professional wrestling. In: King, G. ed. The spectacle of the real: from Hollywood to 'reality' TV and beyond. Bristol: Intellect 117- 127


(2008) Hunt, L., The league of gentlemen. British Film Institute / Macmilliam Publishers Limited

(2008) Hunt, L. and Wing-Fai, L., East Asian cinemas: Exploring transnational connections on film. I.B. Tauris

(2003) Hunt, L., Kung Fu cult masters: from Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger. London: Wallflower Press

(1998) Hunt, LR., British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexploitation. Routledge

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