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I am currently completing a monograph on Spanish filmmaker Bigas Luna, under contract with Manchester University Press. The Films of Bigas Luna is part of a larger project that includes the edited collections El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna (2020, Tirant lo Blanch, 348 pp.), Spanish Erotic Cinema, (2017, Edinburgh University Press, 264pp) and a special issue of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 13.1 (2016, 113 pp.).

My research on Bigas Luna has led to a series of international events, The Bigas Luna Tribute, that I organise in collaboration with the filmmaker’s daughter, art curator Betty Bigas, since 2015. The events have included over 100 film screenings, several art exhibitions and other events in collaboration with film theatres and festivals in seven different countries and some 20 cities around the world, most recently Madrid (2021), New York, Copenhagen, Cleveland OH, Edinburgh (2022), Los Angeles and London (2023). Our most recent retrospective at the American Cinematheque attracted over 1000 people. The 10th year of this project has received support from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports and will include two more film retrospectives and exhibitions in Italy and Brazil in 2024. For more information please visit the project website. I have talked about this project and my research on Bigas Luna for international media outlets including national newspapers of Spain, El País (2017 and 2022), Australia, The Age - and across Fairfax network (2018), Costa Rica, La nación (2018), The Festival Insider FRED podcast (2018), New Books Network (2021) and on national Spanish television, RTVE2  (Historia de nuestro cine, May 2021). Since 2020 I also produce, edit and co-host a Bigas Luna podcast that can be accessed here.

My main area of study to date has been masculinities and male bodies in contemporary film and popular culture. My work in that field produced the books Cuerpos de cine: masculinidades carnales en el cine y la cultura popular contemporáneos (Bellaterra, 2013, 380 pp) - single-authored - and Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema - co-authored (I B Tauris, 2007, 288 pp); as well as two edited volumes: the book Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema (I B Tauris, 2009, 271 pp) and a special issue of the journal Studies in Hispanic Cinemas (3.3; 2007). I have recently initiated a new book project in this area with Alfredo Martinez Expósito (University of Melbourne). This new book will focus on representations of male bodies in Spanish cinema since 2008 until the present day, exploring how important social events such as the financial crisis of the late 2000s, the 15M, the re-emergence of the far-right since 2013 or the Covid-19 health crisis have impacted understandings of masculinities in contemporary Spain. The project has received support from The CASS Foundation, with a Walter Mangold Fellowship in 2022 and 2023. More info here.

A selection of my most recent publications (since 2020) is displayed below. 

Other work in my field of study

I am an editorial board member of the journal Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas and an advisory board member for the International Journal of Iberian Studies

I co-host Pleibéricos with my colleague Dr Esther Gimeno Ugalde (University of Vienna), a series of online presentations of new books in the area of Iberian Studies in conversation with the authors/editors, regularly hosted on our YouTube and podcast channels. We also collaborate with New Books Network in Español for the channel 'Estudios Ibéricos'. In 2022 Pleibericos received a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport (Hispanex) to host a workshop at the Instituto Cervantes HQs in Madrid, for a hybrid panel at an Iberian Studies conference, and to create a database of new publications in Iberian Studies presented in Pleibéricos. The database can be accessed here

Other affiliations/visiting positions

Most recently I have held a Walter Mangold visiting fellowship at the Univeristy of Melbourne in Australia (2022-23). I am an honorary fellow of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS,François Chevalier fellow in residence in 2021) and have been a visiting scholar at the universities of California Berkeley (USA) and Pittsburgh (USA) in 2015, Harvard (USA) in 2012, CUNY Graduate Center (USA) in 2010, and Queensland (Australia) in 2005 and 2002. I am the Durham contact for our postgraduate exchange with The University of California Berkeley. In 2020 I initiated and co-founded the Durham University partnership with the British Film Institute.

Honorary Vice-Consul of Spain in the North East of England

I am honorary vice-consul of Spain in Newcastle, with responsibility for Tyne and Wear, Cleveland, Durham, Redcar, Hartlepool, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Northumberland and Cumbria. Please direct all consular queries and appointment requests for passports, NIEs, etc. to and I will respond within 48 hours. Please do not send any personal data or documentation to my Durham University email address. 

Research interests

  • Contemporary European Cinema (Spanish and British)
  • Contemporary Spain
  • Bigas Luna
  • Ventura Pons
  • Erotic cinema
  • Queer cinema
  • Auteur cinema
  • Gender, sexuality and the body
  • Popular music
  • Haptic visuality


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