Jenny Stewart

PhD Student / Graduate Teaching Assistant Jenny Stewart

MA with Distinction (University of Leicester) Mass Communications

PGCE (University of Greenwich)

BA (University of Derby) Film and Television Studies


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Project Title:

Depictions of Postwar British Cities on Film, 1945-1979

Description of Project:

This thesis will explore how postwar British fiction and documentary films represented and responded to changes in the postwar urban landscape. I intend to research a range of films with contemporary settings in British cities and towns, considering ‘classic’ fiction films such as Hue and Cry (dir. Charles Crichton, 1947), Billy Liar (dir.John Schlesinger, 1963) and Get Carter (dir. Mike Hodges, 1971) , alongside lesser-known films such as The Clouded Yellow (dir. Ralph Thomas, 1951) Otley (dir. Dick Clement, 1968) and Melody (dir. Waris Hussain, 1970).
The purpose of this research is to explore conflicting and complex narratives of the British city, from the period after the Second World War, to the subsequent decline and denigration of modernist city in the 1970s. I will consider throughout how characters interact with and respond to changing urban environment, such as children’s use of ruins and rubble in Odd Man Out (dir. Carol Reed, 1947) and Hue and Cry (dir. Charles Crichton, 1947).
An empirical approach, focusing on production documents, shooting scripts and contemporary critical reviews, will enable an understanding of why and how particular locations were used by filmmakers to create specific backdrops, moods and narratives. I will use this approach in conjunction with a contextual framework, placing depictions of the city within wider cultural representations in the visual arts, particularly documentary film. I aim to give an historical account of how depictions of the city in film respond to, and are shaped by, their historical and urban planning contexts. Overall, I will consider themes that emerge over a period of time in depictions of the evolving postwar British city.

Teaching Experience

I have over 10 years experience of teaching Film and Media Studies AS/A Level and BTEC Media Production in Sixth Form Colleges. I have also taught on BA Media and Communication modules at University of Leicester, including:

  • Introduction to Film
  • Media, Identity and the Popular
  • Media Audiences

I currently teach on the following modules in the department of History of Art and Film:

  • Reading Film
  • American Film and Visual culture
  • Reading Film
  • Researching World Cinemas
  • Film and Art: Academic Practice in the Workplace

Other Roles and Duties:

  • BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies) Postgraduate Representative
  • Examiner for WJEC AS Film Studies
  • Team Leader for WJEC AS Media Studies

Research Interests:

I have a wide range of research interests, including: archival film as a historical source; silent film, particularly the later silent period; the Great Depression on film and ‘pre-code’ Hollywood; the role of the media in nation-states and national identity; and quality American television, particularly Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men. I regularly attend the British Silent Film Festival and Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna.

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