Russ Hunter

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Russ Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Studies in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University and works closely with a number of European film festivals. His work focuses upon two main research areas: film festivals and genre film (particularly Italian genre cinema). He has have given talks at a wide variety of international film festivals to both general audiences and to filmmakers, including Babel Film Festival (Cagliari, Italy), The European Minority Film Festival (Husum, Germany) and Sunderland Shorts Film Festival (Sunderland, UK).  Russ is currently working with a number of European genre film festivals, such as Offscreen Film Festival (Brussels, Belgium), Kurja Polt Genre Film Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Abertoir Horror Festival (Wales, UK), where he organises a variety of educational initiatives.

Russ recently co-edited Italian Horror Cinema with Dr Stefano Baschiera (Queens University Belfast) and is currently writing a book on Italian giallo and horror director Dario Argento. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as Studies in European Cinema, Film Studies, The Italianist and The Journal Italian of Cinema and Media Studies, as well as in books such as International Film Festivals: Contemporary Cultures and History Beyond Venice and Cannes (2018), Italian Horror Cinema (2016), Screening the Undead: Vampires and Zombies in Film & Television (2013) and European Horror since 1945 (2012).
He is a recognised expert on both film festivals and genre cinema and has provided analysis for numerous media outlets. In this respect, he has been interviewed for a variety of sources such as BUZZ (Brussels), Radio Študent (Slovenia) and Radiotelevizija Slovenija (Slovenia), as well as appearing on documentaries, such as: ‘Fascism on a thread: The strange story of Nazisploitation films’ for the American Severin release of Luigi Batzella’s The Beast in Heat (1977) and ‘The Prince of Plasma: The Gianetto de Rossi story’, a retrospective on Italian SFX/make-up maestro Gianetto De Rossi for the German Turbine release of Rob Cohen’s Daylight (1996) and the USA release of Killer Crocodile for Severin.
Russ has written for a number of popular film publications including When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals, This is Cinema, 101 Cult Films, 101 Action Films, 101 Horror Films, 101 War Films, 101 Science Fiction films, 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors.

Research interests

My research interests lay in both the area of film festival studies and genre cinema. My current research is based around genre filmfestivals and  I also write on Italian horror cinema, European horror cinema and Italian genre cinema more generally.

Education/Academic qualification


1 Oct 200631 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Oct 2006

Cultural Studies, MA (Hons), Audience and Reception Studies, Aberystwyth University

1 Sept 200531 Jul 2006

Award Date: 31 Jul 2005

Politics, MA (Hons), Rent seeking behaviour in Latin America, University of Essex

1 Sept 199831 Jul 1999

Award Date: 31 Jul 1999

Government, BA (Hons), University of Essex

1 Oct 199531 Jul 1998

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998


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