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Professor Geoff King

Professor Geoff King
Professor - Film Studies

Gaskell Building 167


Geoff King has published numerous books, particularly focused on Hollywood and American independent cinema. He is a major authority on the American indie sector, with books including American Independent Cinema (2005), a pioneering work in the study of independent film, and Indiewood, USA (2009), the first academic analysis of the ‘Indiewood’ zone in which Hollywood and the independent sector overlap. He has also written books on the indie features Donnie Darko (2007) and Lost in Translation (2010) and a study of contemporary lower-budget indie cinema, Indie 2.0: Change and Continuity in American Indie Film (2014), including analysis of the role of the internet as a new channel of distribution.

His most recent work focuses on the manner in which particular forms of cultural value are attributed to different kinds of film, a theme of Quality Hollywood: Markers of Distinction in Contemporary Studio Film (2016). His latest book, Postitioning Art Cinema: Film Cultural Value, was published in 2019, offering a ground-breaking approach to the study of the manner in which international art cinema is characteristically positioned and accorded certain kinds of value. He is currently writing a book focused on art and indie film titled The Cinema of Discomfort.

Prof. King’s earlier work focused more closely on Hollywood, both generally and particularly in relation to the contemporary blockbuster format, and film comedy. His book Spectacular Narratives: Hollywood in the Age of the Blockbuster (2000) remains a key intervention in debates about the relationship between narrative and spectacle in the contemporary blockbuster format. He has also published collaborative books with Tanya Krzywinska on science fiction cinema and videogames (for details of these and other publications, see publications list). In another life, he worked as a journalist, combining this part-time with undergraduate and postgraduate study before becoming a lecturer at Brunel in 1998.


Geoff King is currently Postgraduate Research Student Director for the Department of Arts and Humanities. He is also research lead for Film and TV Studies and leading the planned submission for Brunel for the Research Excellence Framwork (REF) for Unit of Assessment 33: Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies.

Newest selected publications

King, GR. (2018) 'Positioning Art Cinema: Film and Cultural Value'. London and New York: I.B. Tauris. ISSN 10: 1788310187 ISSN 13: 978-1788310185


King, G. (2016) 'A Companion to American Indie Film'. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. ISSN 10: 1118758323 ISSN 13: 978-1-118-75832-8


King, G. (2015) 'Quality Hollywood: Markers of Distinction in Contemporary Studio Film'. London: I.B.Taruis. ISSN 10: 1784530441 ISSN 13: 9781784530457


King, G. (2012) 'Indie 2.O: Continuity and Change in Contemporary American Independent Film'. London: I.B. Tauris.


King, G. (2011) 'Striking a balance between culture and fun: 'Quality' meets hitman genre in 'In Bruges''. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 9 (2). pp. 132 - 151. ISSN: 1740-0309 Open Access Link

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