Brian Hoyle

(01382) 384417
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies



Dr Brian Hoyle teaches on various Film Studies modules, as part of the English teaching staff. His research includes various aspects of Film, including Film Adaptation, Cinema going in Scotland, and John Boorman.

He was awarded the University's "Most Inspirational Teaching of Undergraduates" award at the Student-led Teaching Awards in May 2013 - read more.

View Brian Hoyle's PURE profile



Dr Hoyle's research interests include various aspects of film studies:

  • Film Style and Technique
  • British Cinema, especially British art cinema and the work of British filmmakers such as:
    • Powell and Pressburger
    • David Lean
    • Thorold Dickinson
    • Lindsay Anderson
    • Joseph Losey
    • Richard Lester
    • Ken Russell
    • John Boorman
    • Nicolas Roeg
    • Derek Jarman
    • Peter Greenaway
    • Bill Douglas
    • Terence Davies
    • Sally Potter
    • Tony Palmer
    • Don Boyd
  • Hollywood filmmakers such as:
    • Billy Wilder
    • John Huston
    • Orson Welles
    • Fred Zinnemman
    • Joseph H. Lewis
    • Budd Boetticher
    • Clint Eastwood
  • International Filmmakers such as:
    • Akira Kurosawa
    • Ingmar Bergman
    • Andrei Tarkovsky
    • Pier Paolo Pasolini
    • István Szabó
    • Belà Tarr
  • Film's relation to Opera/Music/Painting
  • Literary adaptation, particularly in regards to intertextuality and adaptations of the work of Oscar Wilde and Medieval Literature
  • Science Fiction and The Western in Literature and Film

AHRC funded studentships are available in my research area - more details

Publications & Talks



The Cinema of John Boorman (Scarecrow Press, 2012).

Articles & Chapters

"Start as You Mean to Go On: Ken Russell’s Amateur Films" in Small-Gauge Storytelling: Discovering The Amateur Fiction Film, ed. by Ryan Shand and Ian Craven (Edinburgh University Press, Expected December 2012).

"A Matchless Exercise in Style: So Dark the Night" in The Films of Joseph H. Lewis, ed. by Gary Rhodes (Wayne State University Press, Expected September 2012).

“Producing as a Creative Endevour: The Case of Don Boyd’s Aria” in The Journal of British Cinema and Television 9.1 (2012), 77–95

"Derek: A Portrait of a Saint", Studies in Documentary Film, 4:2 (2010), 137–147

"Musical Resistance: Piano Tuning and Politics in Werckmeister Harmonies" in Alienation and Resistance: Representation in Text and Image, ed. by Gordon Spark, et al. (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), pp. 81-95.

"Ron Butlin" in British Writers 16, ed. by Jay Parini (2010), pp.51-70.

"Radio On and British Art Cinema" in The Journal of British Cinema and Television, 6:3 (2009) 407-423

"In Defence of the Amateur", in Ken Russell: Re-Viewing Britain's Last Mannerist, ed. by Kevin M. Flanagan (Scarecrow, 2009), pp. 40-64.

"Subversive Montage in Orson Welles' F for Fake", in Sub/versions: Cultural Status, Genre and Critique, ed. by Pauline MacPherson, Christopher Murray, Gordon Spark and Kevin Corstorphine (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), pp. 149-56.

"Irresponsible Pictures: Questions of Adaptation and Morality in the Comic and Film Versions of Road to Perdition", The International Journal of Comic Art, 10:1 (2008), 62-67

"Derek Jarman: Radical Traditionalist" a critical profile on the director's work, Senses of Cinema (March-May, 2007)

"Intertextuality and Film: Sally Potter's Orlando", in European Intertexts: Women’s Writing in Europe, ed. by Stoneman and Sanchez-Arce (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2005), pp. 193-214.

Invited Papers

"The Death of Robin Hood: Ballads, Legends and Fighting (with Hollywood) in Richard Lester's Robin and Marian" at Program of International Interdisciplinary Medieval Meetings in Wroclaw, 20-22 April 2012.

"Blithe Spirit" at Univerciné - Festival De Film Britannique (Nantes British Film Festival), 9 December 2011.

"A Filmmaker of Limited Capacity? Bill Douglas’ Unfilmed Scripts" at The Bill Douglas Symposium, The Bill Douglas Centre, The University of Exeter, 23 September 2011.

"Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Adaptation and Excalibur" at theSchool ofDrama, Film and Television,University ofGlasgow, 13 January 2011.

"Sally Potter's Intertextual Cinema" at All About Sally Potter, Day Conference at Queen Mary University, London, 27 February 2010.

"The Changing Face of the Japanese Woman on Film 1936-66" at Arts and Religion in Japan, Day Conference at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, Dundee, 20 November 2009.

Recent Research Papers

"Charles Wood vs. The Lord Chamberlain: The Strange Evolution of How I Won the War" at Centre For War Studies Day Symposium, Dundee, 1 October 2011.

"Going Round in Circles: Eternals Reoccurrence in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Films" at The Second International Scientific Conference “Language, Culture and Society in Russian/English Studies, Senate House, London, 25-26 July 2011.

Ken Russell and the Pre-Raphaelites at Wildering Phantasies, an International Interdisciplinary Conference Devoted to the Pre-Raphaelites at The University of Dundee, 7-10 July 2011.

"Don Boyd: The Producer as Auteur" at Accounting for Creativity, an international conference on British Film Producers at The University of the West of England, 19-20 April 2011.

"Pasolini’s Proletarian Middle Ages" at Voices of the People, an international conference at the Centre of Medieval Studies, The Sorbonne, Paris IV, March 2011.

"This Movie Stinks: Smell-O-Vision and other forgotten film innovations" at From Silent Screen to Digital Screen, an international conference on Film Exhibition at DeMontford University, 10-11 July 2010.

"One of our Finest Filmmakers...and the Greatest Drain on our Resources: Ken Russell at the BBC" at Auteurs and their Archives, an International Conference at the University of Stirling, September 10-13 2009.

"Four European Film Versions of Salome" delivered at Oscar Wilde's Reception in Europe, International Conference at Trinity College, Oxford, 8-9 February 2008.

"World Trade Centre and United 93 as War-time Propaganda Films" at Representations of 9/11, one-day Interdisciplinary Conference hosted at University of Westminster, London, 17 March 2007.

Public Talks

"Davies, Rattigan and The Deep Blue Sea", Dundee Contemporary Arts, 4 December 2011.

"Cinema Time and Space", Dundee University Culture Day, 9 November 2011.

"The Wild West: True Grit", Dundee Contemporary Arts, 27 February 2011.

"Who Knows Where They're Going?": Cultural Diversity in the Films of Powell & Pressburger, Dundee University Culture Day, 10 November 2010.

"Thank Darwin I'm an Atheist: Peter Greenaway's Darwinist Cinema" at Origins: Dundee University Culture Day, 4 November 2009.

"This Movie Stinks: Smell-O-Vision and Other Forgotten Film Innovations" at Come to Your Senses: Dundee University Culture Day, 5 November 2008.

"When Two Englishmen Meet: Weather as Symbol of Fate in the Films of Powell and Pressburger" at Something in the Air: Dundee University Culture Day, 14 November 2007.

"It May Be Blue, But It's No Movie: Derek Jarman's Blue" at Across the Spectrum: Dundee University Culture Day, 22 November 2006.

Brian Hoyle also contributes notes for the Dundee Contemporary Arts cinema programme, has written notes for the Melbourne Cinematheque and reviews for Viewfinder, the publication of the British Universities Film and Video Council.