SummaryLeon 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.)
Newest selected publications
Hunt, L. (2011) 'Dragons forever: Chinese martial arts stars', in Lim, SH. and Ward, J. (eds.) The Chinese Cinema Book. British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 141 - 149. ISBN 13: 9781844573448.
Hunt, L. (2010) 'Heroic chivalry, heroic sacrifice: "Martial arthouse" as epic cinema', inThe Epic Film in World Culture. Routledge. , Forthcoming - 2011. pp. 63 - 81. ISBN 13: 978-0-415-99018-9.
Hunt, L. (2008) 'The league of gentlemen'. British Film Institute / Macmilliam Publishers Limited. ISSN 13: 9781844572694
Hunt, L. and Wing-Fai, L. (2008) 'East Asian cinemas: Exploring transnational connections on film'. London: I.B. Tauris. ISSN 10: 1845116151 ISSN 13: 978-1845116156
Hunt, L. (2008) '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. pp. 226 - 236. ISBN 10: 1845116151.