Julie Lane

MA (with Distinction) Film and Film Cultures, University of Leicester

MA (with Merit) Critical Theory, University of Nottingham
BA (Hons) Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, first class




Start Date

October 2015


Full time


Professor James Chapman and Dr Guy Barefoot

Description of the Project

My research project focuses on the shifting artistic reputation of the film director John Schlesinger (1926-2003). A wide range of film reviews and articles appearing in the general press and specialist film publications covering Schlesinger’s early work in 1950s television documentary through to his final film, The Next Best Thing (2000), are analysed to trace transformations in perceptions of his creative agency. Rather than simply relying on a conventional, auteur-based correlation between reputation and an intrinsic value of the texts themselves, I consider Schlesinger’s varying reputation historically and institutionally, particularly with reference to contemporary critical preference and prejudice as well as changing notions of film authorship. Schlesinger’s association with cycles and movements such as British social realism and New Hollywood, as well as his work in popular, generic thrillers such as Marathon Man (1976) are examined to determine the ways in which critics evaluated issues of nation, genre, art and commerce. Schlesinger’s long and varied career points in a variety of ways to the situated and contingent nature of the reception of films and the formation and renegotiation of artistic reputation.

Other research activities

My research interests are focused on issues of authorship and authorial reputation, particularly their negotiation in the press.

Papers and presentations

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935); Historical and Industrial Contexts’; screening introduction delivered to University of Leicester undergraduates; 2016 and 2017.

‘Transformations in the Reputation of John Schlesinger’; Leicester Adult Education College, 2/3/18.

Awards and Scholarships

University of Leicester College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities scholarship (PhD).

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