I currently lecture in Media, Arts and Communications, graduating from Sheffield Hallam with both BA (Hons) and MA distinction in Film Studies. I teach both practical and theory based media, with an academic background of film theory, alongside work experience in the media industry as a video editor. I specialise in teaching alternative, cult, indie and exploitation cinema. Taught modules include Alternative Media, Making Media, Alternative Cinemas, Storytelling in Film and Television, Screenwriting in Film History, Film Analysis, Music in Film and more. I am conducting PhD research relating to folklore and folk horror in 'wyrd' 1970s British Film and Television.
I currently lecture in Media, Arts and Communications, graduating from Sheffield Hallam with BA (Hons) and MA distinction in Film Studies. I teach both practical and theory based media, with an academic background of film studies, alongside work experience in the media industry as a video editor I specialise in teaching alternative, cult, indie and exploitation cinema. Taught modules include Alternative Media, Making Media, Alternative Cinemas, Storytelling in Film and Television, Screenwriting in Film History, Film Analysis, Music in Film and more. I am conducting PhD research relating to folklore and folk horror in 'wyrd' 1970s British Film and Television.
Prior to teaching, I worked as a content producer and editor for numerous media companies including work with BBC, Warner Bros, Universal, EMI, editing and digitising film content, animating and compositing CGI for PlayStation and PC games and curated an online archive of community media. I also co-ran a record label, releasing and promoting music by bands including the Arctic Monkeys, hosting a regular radio show and DJing at music events. Outside of Sheffield Hallam, I sing and play guitar in garage punk band The Sleazoids, create art as part of Black Light Art Collective, make and draw my own comics, and am a fan of Godzilla, science fiction and all things kitsch from the 1950s and 60s. I also make my own vintage-style clothes, collect Viewmaster paraphernalia and vintage Vox guitars.
Specialist areas of interest
Folklore and folk horror in film and television
Media and Photography
Storytelling in film and television
PhD study in folklore and British 1970s television
Rodgers, D., & Paciorek, A. (2019). Urban Folklore: An Interview with Diane A. Rodgers. In Folk Horror Revival: Urban Wyrd 2: Spirits of Place. Wyrd Harvest Press
Rodgers, D. (2019). Wyrd on-screen: urban fears and rural folk. In Urban Wyrd. Wyrd Harvest Press
Rodgers, D. (2019). Something ‘wyrd’ this way comes: folklore and British television. Folklore. http://doi.org/10.1080/0015587X.2018.1529363
Rodgers, D. (2018). Something Wyrd: Folk Horror, Folklore and British Television. Presented at: Centre for Contemporary Legend Inaugural Symposium, Sheffield Hallam University, 2018
Rodgers, D. (2018). The Outcasts: A forgotten, wyrd classic of British folk horror. Cinema Retro, 14 (41), 30-31.
Rodgers, D. (2017). Researcher blog by Diane Rodgers: ‘wyrd' British television of the 1970's. [IMPACT Research Blog]. https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/c3riimpact/diane-rodgers-wyrd-tv-blog/?doing_wp_cron=1513331862.0696480274200439453125
Rodgers, D. (2017). Robin Redbreast and BBC'S Play for today: 1970's folk horror for Christmas. In Corupe, P., & Janisse, K.-.L. (Eds.) Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television. (pp. 156-169). Spectacular Optical: http://www.spectacularoptical.ca/store/product/yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-on-film-and-television-2/
Rodgers, D. (2017). HEAD: a jubilant rampage through sixties psychedelia! Cinema Retro, 37. http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/categories/48-BACK-ISSUES-37-40
Rodgers, D. (2020). Folk horror, ostension and Robin Redbreast. Revenant, 57-73. http://www.revenantjournal.com/contents/folk-horror-ostension-and-robin-redbreast/
Rodgers, D. (2019). Swinging sixties spies in comic book guise! Fathom and Modesty Blaise. Cinema Retro.
Rodgers, D. (2017). DVD review: The Electric Horseman. Cinema Retro, 38. http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/categories/48-BACK-ISSUES-37-40
Rodgers, D. (2016). DVD REVIEW: Looking for Richard. .
Rodgers, D. (2016). BOOK REVIEW: Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion. .
Rodgers, D. (2016). BOOK REVIEW: Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. .
Rodgers, D. (2015). DVD REVIEW: Mississippi Burning. .
Rodgers, D. (2015). Book Review: the French screen goddess: film stardom and the modern woman in 1930s France by Jonathan Driskell. Cinema Retro, 11 (33), 44.
Rodgers, D. (2015). Book Review: From France with love: gender and indentity in French romantic comedy by Mary Harrod FROM FRANCE WITH LOVE: GENDER AND IDENTITY IN FRENCH ROMANTIC COMEDY by Mary Harrod. . http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/archives/8757-BOOK-REVIEW-FROM-FRANCE-WITH-LOVE-GENDER-AND-IDENTITY-IN-FRENCH-ROMANTIC-COMEDY-By-Mary-Harrod-I.-B.-Tauris.html
Rodgers, D. (2021). Et in Arcadia Ego: British folk horror film and television. In Nation and fascination: folklore in Britain and Ireland. Routledge
Rodgers, D. (2019). Happy Halloween: Five Folk Horror Films. https://contemporarylegend.co.uk/2019/11/04/happy-halloween-by-diane-a-rodgers/
Rodgers, D. (2019). How years of TV fears keep us spooked at Halloween. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvt8cqt
Rodgers, D. (2019). Folklore On Screen. https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/c3riimpact/diane-rodgers-researcher-blog-folklore-screen/?doing_wp_cron=1605532185.0816481113433837890625
Karan, S. (2017). Yuletide terror: Christmas horror on film and television Indiegogo campaign. [Online Magazine]. http://montrealrampage.com/yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-on-film-and-teleivion-indiegogo-campaign/
Rodgers, D. (2020). Ghosts in the Machine: Haunted Screens. Presented at: Haunts - haunted places and haunting practices, Sheffield Hallam University [online], 2020
Rodgers, D. (2020). My part in the Centre for Contemporary Legend. Presented at: SHU Creating Knowledge Conference, Sheffield Hallam University [online], 2020
Rodgers, D. (2019). Beasts, Monoliths & Witchcraft – the Unsung Nigel Kneale. Presented at: Folklore on Screen, Sheffield Hallam University
Rodgers, D. (2019). Et in Arcadia Ego: The Very British Landscape of Folk Horror. Presented at: Folklore and the Nation, Derby, UK, 2019
Rodgers, D. (2018). Why Wyrd? Why folklore? Why now? Presented at: Screening the Unreal, University of Brighton, 2018
Rodgers, D. (2017). Folklore: the eerie underbelly of British 1970s folk-horror television? Presented at: At Home With Horror? Terror on the Small Screen, University of Kent, Canterbury, 2017
Rodgers, D. (2017). Millennial ghosts and folk-horror legends: haunted by British 1970s television. Presented at: Fear 2000: Horror Media Now, Sheffield,UK, 2017