Dr Guy Barefoot

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Associate Professor in Film Studies

Dr Guy Barefoot

Department: History of Art and Film and Centre for American Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2864

Email: gb80@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1710, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road,Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


I studied at Sussex University graduating with a BA in the History of the School of England and American Studies, and from the University of East Anglia with a PhD in Film Studies. For my PhD I undertook research into ‘Hollywood’s gaslight melodramas’ of the 1940s: crime melodramas set in the late Victorian or Edwardian era. I developed this topic in my first monograph. My second monograph was the result of extensive research into Hollywood serials of the 1930s and 1940s.I have worked and published on a range of other topics from film adaptation to trash cinema.


  • BA Hons, University of Sussex
  • PhD, University of East Anglia
  • Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy



Journal articles

  • 'My Search for Passion Pits with Pix: Cinema History and 1950s Drive-In Audiences', Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 16.1 (2019): 824-43, http://www.participations.org/Volume%2016/Issue%201/40.pdf
  • '"Always a Good Programme Here": The Records of the Tudor Cinema, Leicester, 1924-1932', International Journal of Regional and Local History 8.1 (2013): 26-39
  • 'Recycled Images: Rose Hobart, East of Borneo and The Perils of Pauline', Adaptation 5.2 (2012): 152-68
  • ‘Who Watched that Masked Man? Hollywood's Serial Audiences in the 1930s’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 31.2 (2011): 167-90
  • ‘Autobiography and the Autobiographical in the Bill Douglas Trilogy', Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 29.1 (2006): 14-29
  • Fanny by Gaslight, Man of Evil and the Production Code’, Journal of Popular British Cinema 3 (2000): 125-28

Book chapters

  • 'The Certified Accountant Gothic Heroine: Paranoia and The Second Woman (1950)', in Tamar Jeffers McDonald and Frances A. Kamm (eds), Gothic Heroines on Screen: Representation, Interpretation, and Feminist Enquiry (Routledge, 2019): 70-82
  • '"Something Sweet": Little Children, the Sex Offender and Emma Bovary's Eyes', in Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy (eds.), Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (I.B. Tauris, 2017): 234-48
  • 'Melodramatic Villainy (Just) After the Victorians' in Benjamin Poore (ed.), Neo-Victorian Villains: Adaptations and Transformations in Popular Culture (2017): 91-105
  • 'The Tudor Cinema, Leicester: A Local Case Study', in I.Q. Hunter, Laraine Porter and Justin Smith (eds.), The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (Routledge, 2017): 99-108
  • ‘Lost and Found in Translation and Adaptation: Walerian Borowczyk and Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (1981)’, in Richard Ambrosini and Richard Drury  (eds.), European Stevenson (Cambridge Scholars, 2009): 241-52
  • East Lynne to Gas Light: Hollywood, Melodrama and Twentieth-Century Notions of the Victorian’, in J. Bratton, J. Cook and C. Gledhill (eds.), Melodrama: Stage Picture Screen (British Film Institute, 1994): 94-105


  • ‘Social Fears and Moral Panics XXIII IAMHIST Conference, University of Aberystwyth 8–11 July 2009’, in Journal of British Cinema and Television 6.3 (2009): 489-93
  • ‘Community Cinema: A report based on material held at The Rio, Dalston’, in Journal of British Cinema and Television 2.2 (2005): 321-28

Book reviews

  • Jeremiah B. C. Axelrod, Inventing Autopia: Dreams and Visions of the Modern Metropolis in Jazz Age Los Angeles in Urban History 39.1 (2012)
  • Steve Chibnall, The British ‘B’ Film, in Journal of British Cinema and Television 7.1 (2010)
  • ‘Iain Conrich and Estella Tincknell (eds.), Film's Musical Moments’, in Journal of British Cinema and Television 4.1 (2007)
  • ‘Steve Chibnall, Quota Quickies: The Birth of the British F-Film’, in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 27.4 (2007)

Reference entries

  • Entry on Graham Cutts, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Entries on Les vampires (1915), The Graduate (1967), and 'The Hollywood Western', in P. Kemp (ed.), Cinema: The Whole Story (Thames & Hudson, 2011)
  • Entry on Gaslight (1944), in P. Cook and M. Bernink (eds.), The Cinema Book, 2nd and 3rd editions (BFI, 1999 and 2007)
  • Entries on Robert Bierman, Bill Douglas, Mike Figgis, Freddie Francis, Godfrey Grayson, Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger, Robert Parrish, Pawel Pawlikowski, and Emlyn Williams, in R. Murphy (ed.), Directors in British and Irish Cinema: A Reference Guide (BFI, 2006) and the BFI's Screenonline website


I am on research leave semester one and semester two, 2019/20.


I specialise in the cinema of the United States and Britain, and have a particular interest in Hollywood melodrama, the B-film and the film serial. I am currently working on a study of the drive-in cinema in 1950s America.


I have recently supervised Emma Anne Harris's doctoral project on ‘The Post-Apocalyptic Film Genre in American Culture: 1968-2013’ to completion. I am currently supervising:

  • Chris Horn, ‘The Lost Decade: The Fortunes and Films of the “Hollywood Renaissance Auteur” in the 1980s’ (Midlands3Cities Funded)
  • Phil Wintle, ‘The Representation of the Ku Klux Klan in Mainstream American Cinema (1988-2016)'

I am willing to consider film history PhD proposals related to my research and teaching interests.

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