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Oliver Kenny , BA MPhil


Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Research interests : Extremity and Ethics in Contemporary European Film: Exploring Sex and Violence in the New French Extremity and Beyond. Supervised by Dr Libby Saxton and Dr Jenny Chamarette

I am a graduate of the University of Cambridge with a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (German and French) and a MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures. I have also taken modules in Interpreting and Italian language and literature at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. I moved to Queen Mary in 2013 and am currently working on a PhD in the Film department under the supervision of Libby Saxton and Jenny Chamarette on the ethics of extreme cinema. In my research, I explore the representation of sex and violence in a number of recent films, particularly those containing explicit or unsimulated sex and/or graphic depictions of violence. I am particularly interested in thinking through the cinematic presentation of these acts and questioning what perspective the films take both on actual sex and violence as well as their representation. Spectatorship and arguments about the effects of watching such material are therefore an abiding concern. By considering the specific cinematographic context of these acts and comparing them to other depictions of graphic violence in Western film such as torture porn, horror and slasher films, I examine their particular contribution to debates about the representation of sex and violence, spectatorship and perhaps also to the concept of cinematic pleasure more broadly. Outside of this, I also work as a tutor for The Brilliant Club, teaching courses on film analysis and the French New Wave to secondary school pupils.

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