James Bond will Return: Franchise Longevity, the Bondian Formula & Popular Culture

Presentation at ‘The World is Not Enough: The Impact of James Bond on Popular Culture’ Symposium, convened by the Popular Culture Research Network (POPCRN) at the University of New England — Online, 26 May, 2022. A virtual symposium celebrating Ian Fleming’s birthday and focused on all things James Bond in popular culture. As the quintessential English spy serving on her majesty’s secret service the character of … Continue reading James Bond will Return: Franchise Longevity, the Bondian Formula & Popular Culture

Cruising Stardom in Hollywood Franchising: Tom Cruise as Franchise Star in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Dark Universe’ Storyworlds

Starring Tom Cruise, edited by Sean Redmond. Wayne State University Press, 2021. Book Description Starring Tom Cruise examines how Tom Cruise’s star image moves across genres and forms as a type of commercial product that offers viewers certain pleasures and expectations. Cruise reads as an action hero and romantic lead yet finds himself in homoerotic and homosocial relationships that unsettle and undermine these heterosexual scripts. In … Continue reading Cruising Stardom in Hollywood Franchising: Tom Cruise as Franchise Star in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Dark Universe’ Storyworlds

“Too Busy Building a World to Tell a Story”: Between World-Building and Storytelling in the Cleverman Storyworld

Journal article publication in a special dossier on Australian superheroes and the Cleverman television series, published in Senses of Cinema to coincided with the Superheroes Beyond Conference and the affiliated Cleverman exhibition at ACMI Continue reading “Too Busy Building a World to Tell a Story”: Between World-Building and Storytelling in the Cleverman Storyworld

“Thank the Maker!” George Lucas, Lucusfilm, and the Legends of Transtextual Authorship Across the Star Wars Franchise

Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, edited by Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest. Published by Amsterdam University Press, 2017 I am delighted to have contributed a chapter to this edited book collection on the Star Wars franchise and its role in the history of transmedia storytelling.Download Open Access PDF here.  Paperback available for purchase from Amsterdam University Press and Amazon. Chapter 1: ‘Thank the Maker!’ … Continue reading “Thank the Maker!” George Lucas, Lucusfilm, and the Legends of Transtextual Authorship Across the Star Wars Franchise

On Being Cinematic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Medium Specificity in Transmedia Storytelling and Media Franchising

Conference presentation at the Sydney Screen Studies Network (SSSN) Symposium, University of New South Wales 8 December 2017 It was great to attend and present at the Sydney Screen Studies Network‘s 2017 Symposium earlier this month, focused on the topic “Intersections in Film and Media Studies”. Full symposium program available here My presentation reworked my thesis methodology to consider the role of medium specificity within the … Continue reading On Being Cinematic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Medium Specificity in Transmedia Storytelling and Media Franchising