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James Fenwick

Dr James Fenwick PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Media


Summary

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Sheffield Hallam and the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Media. I teach modules such as Media Texts and Genres, Media Industries and Researching for the Media.

My research focuses on film and media history and heritage and the use and study of media archives to understand material cultures of the film, television, and media industries.

I welcome PhD proposals in the broad area of film and media history and heritage, as well as in the area of film, media and cultural industries in an urban context.

About

Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam University, I worked at De Montfort University, UWE Bristol, and the University of Derby. I also have industry experience, having worked for Northern Ireland Screen. My research interests are in film and media history and heritage, focused on the use and study of film and media archives.

My research investigates the role of the producer in film and television; the industrial logic of unmade films and television; the role of the media industries in urban regeneration; and the material histories of archives themselves. I am the co-convenor of the BAFTSS Archives and Archival Methods Special Interest Group and an editor of the BAFTSS journal Open Screens. I am the author of Stanley Kubrick Produces (Rutgers University Press, 2020), which investigates the material realities, cultural conditions, and social relations on those film associated with filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.

My research on Stanley Kubrick has also involved the use of archival methods to reframe the textual understanding of films like Lolita and A Clockwork Orange. I consider the material and social realities of their production and the ways in which the films textually embody the exploitative and abusive cultures of production in Hollywood. This research has led to a forthcoming article, ‘The Problems with Kubrick’, in the New Review of Film and Television Studies and several recent papers, including the paper, ‘Kubrick, Women’s Bodies, and Casting in A Clockwork Orange’, at the BAFTSS 2021 conference.

I am now currently preparing a research project on a history of the Stanley Kubrick Archive itself, focusing on its material realities and cultural value, with the aim of reframing the scholarly use of the archive through an archaeological approach. I am the co-editor of Shadow Cinema: The Historical and Industrial Contexts of Unmade Film (Bloomsbury, 2020) and I am the editor of the book series Unmade Film and Television (Intellect). The series focuses on the cultural and industrial logic of unmade projects across the film and television industry and why it is so many projects are ultimately abandoned or left unproduced.

I have a further book forthcoming in 2021 on this topic, Unproduction Studies and the American Film Industry, to be published with Routledge. The book is a study of the Margaret Herrick Library and its unproduced script archive. I am also conducting research on the role of the media and cultural industries in the urban regeneration of Sheffield. This includes research on the history of the Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Showroom Cinema (and its origins as the Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centre). I have presented my research at the Reframing Film Festivals: Histories, Economies, Cultures conference at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the workshop Rethinking the Histories and Legacies of Industrial Cities at the University of Luxembourg.

Senior Lecturer

Teaching

Department of Media Arts and Communication

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Media Arts and Communication

BA (Hons) Media

  • Media Industries
  • Media Texts and Genres
  • Researching for the Media
  • Globalisation and the Media

Research

European Association for American Studies, Kirk Doulgas Papers, 2017

Nias-Lorentz Program, Life and Legacy, Studying the Work of Stanley Kubrick, 2019

Publications

Key Publications

Fenwick, J. (Ed.). (2020). Understanding Kubrick's 2001: a space odyssey : representation and interpretation. Intellect. https://www.intellectbooks.com/understanding-kubricks-2001-a-space-odyssey

Fenwick, J., Hunter, I.Q., & Pezzotta, E. (2017). The Stanley Kubrick Archive: A Dossier of New Research. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 37 (3), 367-372. http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2017.1342329

Fenwick, J., Hunter, I.Q., & Pezzotta, E. (2017). Stanley Kubrick: A Retrospective. Cinergie, 12. http://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/7341

Fenwick, J. (2020). Stanley Kubrick Produces. Rutgers University Press. https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/stanley-kubrick-produces/9781978814875

Fenwick, J., Foster, K., & Eldridge, D. (Eds.). (2020). Shadow Cinema The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films. Bloomsbury. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/shadow-cinema-9781501351600/

Fenwick, J., Foster, K., & Eldridge, D. (Eds.). (2020). Shadow Cinema The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films. Bloomsbury. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/shadow-cinema-9781501351600/

Fenwick, J. (2022). Tracing the Origins, Evolution, and Failure of the Cultural Vision for the Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centre (1988-1995) Through Archival Research. Screen, 63 (2), 230-251. http://doi.org/10.1093/screen/hjac018

Fenwick, J. (2021). Urban Regeneration and Stakeholder Dynamics in the Formation, Growth and Maintenance of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival in the 1990s. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2021.1922035

Fenwick, J. (2021). Unproduction Studies and the American Film Industry. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Unproduction-Studies-and-the-American-Film-Industry/Fenwick/p/book/9781032072210

Fenwick, J. (2021). The exploitation of Sue Lyon: Lolita (1962), archival research, and questions for film history. Feminist Media Studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2021.1996422

Fenwick, J. (2022). BSkyB and the 1991 World Student Games: the transformation of live sports television acquisition and coverage in the UK in the early 1990s. Television & New Media. http://doi.org/10.1177/15274764221110194

Journal articles

Fenwick, J. (2022). Problems with Kubrick: reframing Stanley Kubrick through archival research. The New Review of Film and Television Studies. http://doi.org/10.1080/17400309.2022.2091888

Fenwick, J. (2022). 'Keep 'em in the East': Kazan, Kubrick, and the Postwar New York Film Renaissance. HISTORICAL JOURNAL OF FILM RADIO AND TELEVISION, 42 (2), 377-379. http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2022.2050597

Fenwick, J. (2022). Labouring on A Clockwork Orange (1971): finding the voices of creative, technical, and administrative workers in the Stanley Kubrick Archive. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2022.2018560

Melia, M., Orgill, G., & Fenwick, J. (2022). Introduction: 50 years of A Clockwork Orange (1971). Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2022.2018561

Fenwick, J. (2021). Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish intellectual. JOURNAL OF MODERN JEWISH STUDIES, 20 (1), 132-+. http://doi.org/10.1080/14725886.2021.1875591

Fenwick, J. (2021). John Boorman’s The Lord of the Rings: A Case Study of an Unmade Film. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2021.1976913

Fenwick, J. (2021). Everyday movies: portability and the transformation of American Culture [book review]. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 41 (3), 631-633. http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2021.1949128

Fenwick, J. (2018). ‘Let this be Kubrick’s final word. Do you hear us Warner Bros.?’: Fan reception to the death of Stanley Kubrick and his final film, Eyes Wide Shut. The Journal of Fandom Studies, 6 (1), 21-32. http://doi.org/10.1386/jfs.6.1.21_1

Fenwick, J. (2017). Curating Kubrick: Constructing New Perspective Narratives in Stanley Kubrick Exhibitions. Screening the Past, (42). http://www.screeningthepast.com/2017/09/curating-kubrick-constructing-new-perspective-narratives-in-stanley-kubrick-exhibitions/

Book chapters

Fenwick, J. (2022). Lolita, Censorship, and Controversy: The Archival Remains of the Dispute Between Canon L. J. Collins and Stanley Kubrick. In Adult Themes: British Cinema and the 'X' Certificate in the Long Sixties. Bloomsbury

Fenwick, J. (2022). The Problems with Lolita (1962). In Ritzenhoff, K.A., Dijana, M., & Szaniawski, J. (Eds.) Gender, Power, and Identity in The Films of Stanley Kubrick. Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Gender-Power-and-Identity-in-The-Films-of-Stanley-Kubrick/Ritzenhoff-Metlic-Szaniawski/p/book/9781032072227

Fenwick, J. (2022). Une publicité pour Dieu et pour le programme spatial: 2001, l’odyssée de l’espace et le Festival international du film de Moscou de 1969 / “A commercial for God and the space program”: 2001: A Space Odyssey and the 1969 Moscow International Film Festival. In Robinson, C., & Azulys, S. (Eds.) 2001: A Space Odyssey: At the Crossroads of Science and the Arts (2001 : l’odyssée de l’espace : Au carrefour des sciences et des arts). Les Éditions de l’École Polytechnique

Fenwick, J. (2021). A film ‘highly offensive to our nation’: Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957), Censorship, and Militaristic Representations of Post-War Europe. In The Routledge Companion to European Cinema. London: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781003027447

Fenwick, J. (2021). Kubrick and Production. In Hunter, I.Q., & Abrams, N. (Eds.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Stanley Kubrick. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-bloomsbury-companion-to-stanley-kubrick-9781501343636/: Bloomsbury: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-bloomsbury-companion-to-stanley-kubrick-9781501343636/

Fenwick, J. (2020). A production strategy of overdevelopment: Kirk Douglas’s Bryna Productions and the unproduced Viva Gringo! In Fenwick, J., Foster, K., & Eldridge, D. (Eds.) Shadow Cinema The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films. Bloomsbury Academic: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/shadow-cinema-9781501351617/

Fenwick, J. (2020). A production strategy of overdevelopment: Kirk Douglas’s Bryna Productions and the unproduced Viva Gringo! In Fenwick, J., Foster, K., & Eldridge, D. (Eds.) Shadow Cinema The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films. Bloomsbury Academic: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/shadow-cinema-9781501351617/

Fenwick, J., Foster, K., & Eldridge, D. (2020). Introduction: What Is and What Might Have Been. In Shadow Cinema: The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films. (pp. 1-14). Bloomsbury

Fenwick, J., Foster, K., & Eldridge, D. (2020). Introduction: What Is and What Might Have Been. In Shadow Cinema: The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films. (pp. 1-14). Bloomsbury

Fenwick, J. (2020). Eyes Wide Shut. In Murguía, S.J., Dymond, E.J., & Fennelly, K. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Sexism in American Films. Rowman and Littlefield: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538115527/The-Encyclopedia-of-Sexism-in-American-Films

Fenwick, J. (2020). Kirk Douglas and Stanley Kubrick: Reconsidering a Creative and Business Partnership. In A Critical Companion to Stanley Kubrick. Lanham: Lexington books: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793613769/A-Critical-Companion-to-Stanley-Kubrick#:~:text=A%20Critical%20Companion%20to%20Stanley%20Kubrick%20offers%20a%20thorough%20and,depictions%20of%20war%20and%20violence

Fenwick, J. (2020). ‘‘Look, Ma, I’m A Corporation!’: United Artists and Kirk Douglas’s Bryna Productions 1955-1959’. In Krämer, P., Needham, G., Tzioumakis, Y., & Balio, T. (Eds.) United Artists. Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/United-Artists/Kramer-Needham-Tzioumakis-Balio/p/book/9780367179007

Fenwick, J. (2019). Body Double. In Murguía, S.J., Dymond, E.J., & Fennelly, K. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Sexism in American Films. Rowman and Littlefield: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538115527/The-Encyclopedia-of-Sexism-in-American-Films

Fenwick, J. (2018). Tsui Hark’s film workshop: Political cues in the gangster film 1986-1989. In A Companion to the Gangster Film. (pp. 430-445). John Wiley & Sons, Inc: http://doi.org/10.1002/9781119041757.ch23

Fenwick, J. (2018). A Clockwork Orange: Anthony Burgess’s (1962) Black Comedy and Stanley Kubrick’s Violent Grotesque (1971). In Gale Researcher Guide for: A Clockwork Orange: Anthony Burgess's Black Comedy (1962) and Stanley Kubrick's Violent Grotesque (1971). Gale, Cengage Learning

Fenwick, J. (2018). Performing the man-ape in “The Dawn of Man”: Daniel Richter and the American Mime Theatre. In Fenwick, J. (Ed.) Understanding Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey: Representation and Interpretation. Intellect: https://www.intellectbooks.com/understanding-kubricks-2001-a-space-odyssey

Fenwick, J. (2018). Forging new perspectives. In Fenwick, J. (Ed.) Understanding Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey: Representation and Interpretation. Intellect: https://www.intellectbooks.com/understanding-kubricks-2001-a-space-odyssey

Fenwick, J. (2018). Performing the man-ape in “The Dawn of Man”: Daniel Richter and the American Mime Theatre. In Fenwick, J. (Ed.) Understanding Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey: Representation and Interpretation. Intellect: https://www.intellectbooks.com/understanding-kubricks-2001-a-space-odyssey

Fenwick, J. (2017). “Freddie, can you talk?”: The Ethics of Betrayal in Frederic Raphael’s Memoir Eyes Wide Open. In British Autobiography in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Universitätsverlag

Fenwick, J. (2017). The Eady Levy, "the envy of most other European nations": Runaway productions and the British Film Fund in the early 1960s. In Hunter, I.Q., Porter, L., & Smith, J. (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History. (pp. 191-199). Abingdon: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315392189

Theses / Dissertations

Fenwick, J. (2018). Stanley Kubrick: Producers and Production Companies 1953-1999. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hunter, I.Q.

Internet Publications

Fenwick, J. (2022). Failure, unmade films, and Hollywood. https://www.flowjournal.org/2022/01/failure-unmade-films-and-hollywood/

Fenwick, J. (2021). Stanley Kubrick and #MeToo. [Blog]. https://nrftsjournal.org/stanley-kubrick-and-metoo/

Fenwick, J. (2021). The World Assembly of Youth and Archival Serendipity. [Blog post]. http://iamhist.net/2021/01/world-assembly-youth-archival-serendipity/

Fenwick, J. (2020). Hidden Histories of Film and Media. [Researcher Blog]. https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/c3riimpact/hidden-histories-of-film-and-media/

Fenwick, J. (2020). Archival Research in the Age of Coronavirus: Alternatives, Opportunities and Dangers. [Blog post]. https://www.intellectbooks.com/archival-research-in-the-age-of-coronavirus-alternatives-opportunities-and-dangers

Fenwick, J. (2018). A day at the archives…The Kirk Douglas Papers, Wisconsin Historical Society. http://iamhist.net/2018/10/day-archives-kirk-douglas-papers-wisconsin-historical-society/

Fenwick, J. (2017). A day at the archives…The Stanley Kubrick Archives, University of the Arts London (UAL). http://iamhist.net/2017/12/stanley-kubrick-archives/

Exhibitions

Fenwick, J., & Hunter, I.Q. (2016). Stanley Kubrick: Cult Auteur. Heritage Center, Leicester.

Fenwick, J., & Hunter, I.Q. (2016). Stanley Kubrick: Cult Auteur. Heritage Center, Leicester.

Fenwick, J., & Hunter, I. (2016). Stanley Kubrick: A Retrospective. [Cinema season]. Phoenix Cinema.

Fenwick, J., & Hunter, I. (2016). Stanley Kubrick: A Retrospective. [Cinema season]. Phoenix Cinema.

Media

Fenwick, J. (2021). Author James Fenwick discusses his new book Stanley Kubrick Produces. [Podcast]. William Ramsey Investigates

Fenwick, J. (2021). Author James Fenwick discusses his new book Stanley Kubrick Produces. [Podcast]. William Ramsey Investigates

Loftus, J. (2020). Lolita Podcast. [Podcast]. iHeartRadio

Fenwick, J. (2020). James Fenwick, Stanley Kubrick Produces…with TRE’s Giles Brown. [Radio Interview]. Talk Radio Europe

Fenwick, J. (2020). James Fenwick, Stanley Kubrick Produces…with TRE’s Giles Brown. [Radio Interview]. Talk Radio Europe

Fenwick, J. (2020). The Future of the BBC - Radio Debate, Paulette Edwards Show. [Radio]. BBC Radio Sheffield

Fenwick, J. (2020). The Future of the BBC - Radio Debate, Paulette Edwards Show. [Radio]. BBC Radio Sheffield

Presentations

Fenwick, J. (2022). The Precarious Lives of Yorkshire's Film Festival Programmers. Presented at: Creating Knowledge Conference 2022, Sheffield Hallam University, 2022

Fenwick, J., & Ritzenhoff, K. (2021). Re-assessing the Male Auteur After #MeToo: A Case Study of Stanley Kubrick.

Fenwick, J., & Ritzenhoff, K. (2021). Re-assessing the Male Auteur After #MeToo: A Case Study of Stanley Kubrick.

Fenwick, J. (2021). Kubrick, Women’s Bodies, and Casting in A Clockwork Orange (1971): Questions for Film History Research. Presented at: Time and the Body in Film, TV and Screen Studies, University of Southampton Centre for International Film Research

Fenwick, J. (2021). A Case Study of the Decentering of Stanley Kubrick Across Six Years of Teaching. Presented at: Media Education Summit 2021, University of Leeds

Fenwick, J. (2020). Spartacus in the Archive: Doing History in the Kirk Douglas Papers. Presented at: Spartacus @ 60, Online

Fenwick, J., & Corker, C. (2020). Memory, Heritage and the Post-Steel City: The Transformation of Sheffield Since 1990. Presented at: Rethinking the Histories and Legacies of Industrial Cities, University of Luxembourg

Fenwick, J. (2020). Developing Student Experience Through ‘Course Leader Surgeries. Presented at: Course Leader Fest, Sheffield Hallam University

Fenwick, J. (2020). The Evolution of a Documentary Festival: The Cultural Growth of Sheffield Doc/Fest. Presented at: Reframing Film Festivals: Histories, Economies, Cultures, Universita Ca' Foscari, Venice

Fenwick, J. (2019). Teaching Kubrick. Presented at: Life and Legacy, Studying the Work of Stanley Kubrick, University of Leiden

Fenwick, J. (2019). Teaching Kubrick. Presented at: Life and Legacy, Studying the Work of Stanley Kubrick, University of Leiden

Fenwick, J. (2019). Kubrick's Legacy. Presented at: Life and Legacy, Studying the Work of Stanley Kubrick, Lorentz Center, University of Leiden, Netherlands

Fenwick, J., & Melia, M. (2019). New Material, New Perspectives? Presented at: Life and Legacy, Studying the Work of Stanley Kubrick, University of Leiden

Fenwick, J. (2018). A Graphic Representation: Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and Ballantine Books. Presented at: A Clockwork Symposium: A Clockwork Orange, New Perspectives, University of the Arts London

Fenwick, J. (2018). A Transmedia Odyssey: Marvel Comics and the Expansion of the 2001: A Space Odyssey Universe. Presented at: International Kubrick Symposium 2018, Deutsches Filminstitut Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, 2018

Fenwick, J., Jaunas, V., Odino, S., Ulivieri, F., & Peiler, N. (2018). Understanding Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey Panel Debate. Presented at: International Kubrick Symposium 2018, Frankfurt

Fenwick, J., Jaunas, V., Odino, S., Ulivieri, F., & Peiler, N. (2018). Understanding Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey Panel Debate. Presented at: International Kubrick Symposium 2018, Frankfurt

Fenwick, J. (2016). Introduction to The Killing.

Fenwick, J. (2016). A Transmedia Odyssey: Marvel Comic Adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Presented at: BAFTSS Annual Conference, University of Reading

Fenwick, J. (2015). Producing the Man-Ape in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Questions of Authorial Agency. Presented at: 25th Annual Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow

Fenwick, J. (2015). Hawk Films Ltd. And the Cinema Products Corporation: An Innovative Collaboration During the 1970s. Presented at: New Frontiers in Cinema and Television, De Montfort University

Other publications

Alberge, D. (2020). Stanley Kubrick and Kirk Douglas wanted Doctor Zhivago movie rights. The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/nov/09/stanley-kubrick-kirk-douglas-wanted-doctor-zhivago-movie-rights

Fenwick, J. (2020). 2001 between Kubrick and Clarke: The Genesis, Making and Authorship of a Masterpiece. Edinburgh University Press: http://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2020.0548

Jagger, N. (2020). Lockdown watch: why we turn to TV in times of increased anxiety. NME: https://www.nme.com/features/lockdown-watch-tv-netflix-streaming-2699375

Fenwick, J. (2020). Documenting syria: Film-making, video activism and revolution. Taylor & Francis: http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2020.1773089

Fenwick, J. (2020). The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication. Routledge: http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2020.1773091

Fenwick, J. (2020). Bad film histories: ethnography and the early archive. Taylor & Francis: http://doi.org/10.1080/17460654.2020.1754469

Fenwick, J. (2020). An Archive of the Catastrophe: The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann's Shoah. Taylor & Francis: http://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2020.1729553

Ciampaglia, D. (2018). The Crazy Legacy of Jack Kirby’s Forgotten 2001: A Space Odyssey. Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/jack-kirby-2001-space-odyssey-history/

Fenwick, J. (2017). City Movie Held Its Own With Hollywood Blockbusters. The Sheffield Star

Fenwick, J. (2015). Stanley Kubrick: Adapting the Sublime. Oxford University Press (OUP): http://doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/apv015

Other activities

Editor, Open Screens Journal https://www.openscreensjournal.com/ Editorial Advisory Board, Frames Journal https://framescinemajournal.com/ Co-convenor, BAFTSS Archives and Archival Methods Special Interest Group

Postgraduate supervision

  • Catriona McAvoy, 'Hidden Voices: Decentering and Decolonising the Narrative of the Stanley Kubrick Archive'
  • Anna Richards, 'A Critical Cultural History of Sheffield DocFest, 1994-2019'
  • Saiful Hisyam Bin Md Salleh, 'An Exploration of the Experiences of Documentary Filmmakers in Malaysia'
  • Charlie Thorpe, 'Collaborative Reflexive Documentary: Filmmaking to Explore Representations of Mental Health in Documentaries'
  • Azza El-Hassan, 'The Void Project: Palestinian Modern Visual Narrative in the Absence of a Visual Archive'

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