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Dr Sarah Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Communication and Media


Personal Statement

Sarah Thomas is Lecturer in Media and Film in the School of Arts. She was previously Lecturer in Film Studies at Aberystwyth University, and completed her PhD in Film Studies from the University of Warwick.
Sarah's areas of research expertise centre on stardom/celebrity, Hollywood and transnational cinema, screen performance, cult media, and digital media/Virtual Reality. She has published the monograph 'Peter Lorre - Face maker: Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe' (Berghahn Books 2012) and the edited collection 'Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification' (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), as well as articles on stars' use of social media, screen performance analysis in The Best Years of Our Lives and James Bond), and chapters on eye tracking stars on screen and character/ensemble acting. Coming out in 2017-18 is a monograph for the BFI Film Stars series on James Mason. Sarah is particularly interested in the screen actor within, and as a challenge to, existing parameters and methodologies of star studies, historically examining them through economic value, industrial labour and acting, across transnational and multimedia contexts. My work brings together star and performance studies, cultural identity, émigré and theatre studies, transmedia texts and wider industrial histories of cinema, television, theatre and other formats. My current research areas concentrate on film industry production and history, including Hollywood investment in Virtual Reality, the labour status of voiceover actors in the gaming industry (in the context of wider film industry unionisation histories), the transnational history of Cannon Film Group, and analyses of character actors and ensemble casts.