Film and Media Teacher
I joined Wilberforce College to teach Film and Media Studies in 2021. I have always been passionate about cinema and the wider media from a young age, so getting the opportunity to inspire others in the way I have been, is the culmination of personal journey. I studied at York St. John University, gaining a first-class degree in Media and Film Studies, moving quickly on to postgraduate study with a Masters, and now I am currently in the process of completing a fully funded PhD in British Cinema at Sheffield Hallam University.
Past teaching experiences include primary, college and higher education, always embedding my love for cinema and media; recently overseeing a student magazine at Sheffield Hallam, dedicated to film, music and culture. However, outside of the classroom I am a writer, researcher, public speaker and podcaster, who has engaged with many aspects of the industry.
Whilst at university, my friends and I set up a film magazine website called the Reelist,where we would review and write features on the latest film releases, covering many high-profile events such as the short film festival Aesthetica in York. Since then, I co-host a podcast series with my wife called The Mrs at the Movies, where we both discuss films from different perspectives. The acclaim of the podcast has led to a regular contributory role on BBC Radio Sheffield, where I often discuss films and television with the evening host.
Other recent achievements include; a book review in the Journal of British Cinema and Television and an appearance on a discussion panel ahead of a screening of Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You. Other writing and speaking events include; The Body as the Most Indisputable Materialisation of Class: An exploration of the Classed Body in Social Realism, presented at the Bodies of Knowledge conference at York St. John University. And, Girlhood and Class in Fish Tank presented at Assuming Gender at Cardiff University.