Dr Katerina Flint-Nicol is an experienced researcher and a frequent contributor of Spot On, Doc.
Dr Katerina Flint-Nicol is a popular culture historian and independent researcher who specialises in British cinema, popular music, gender, and class, but also has broader interests in music fandom and fashion. Her PhD, Men, Manors and Monsters: Hoodie Horror and the Cinema of Alterity focused on the concepts of British cinematic realism and horror in the onscreen representations and aesthetics of working-class masculinity in British films in the new millennium.
Kat’s fascination with films began at an early age thanks to BBC programming. Spending Saturday mornings watching screwball comedies on BBC2, Kat developed a love for Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn which continues to this day. But a late-night screening of The Ghoul, again on BBC2, introduced a very young (and probably too-young) Kat to the horror film, instilling a fascination with the gothic and British horror cinema which she has developed into a formal research pursuit, with questions of national cinema and the process of cinematic gothicisation underpinning areas of her thesis.
Growing in tandem with her preoccupation with cinema, Kat’s resolute obsession with Mod culture and Paul Weller has provided a synchronous platform to explore how class, masculinity and style form a symbolic language articulated across mediums in the British cultural imaginary, specifically from 1960s onwards. The resulting synergy between private cultural practices and research interests has motivated Kat to understand the overarching relationship between cultural authenticity and ownership of narrative.
Whilst studying for her PhD, Kat was co-organiser of the Waves of Horror film festival, including a French Extreme Film season and an unforgettable woodland screening of The Blair Witch Project. She is currently working on two articles, the first on narrative, identity, and neoliberalism in the 2008 film, Eden Lake, and the gangster as a site of class and gendered performativity in British cinema.
PhD Film Studies
‘Men, Manors and Monsters: The Hoodie Horror and the Cinema of Alterity’, 2018.
(14 May 2019) ‘There’s a secret behind the door. And that secret is me. The Gothic Reimagining of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None’ in Gothic Heroines on Screen: Representation, Interpretation and Feminist Enquiry, London: Routledge.
(2016) ‘Sleeve notes: PJ Harvey’s Gothic world’, submitted to Studies in Costume and Performance, 19 October. Accepted for publication 26 October. Published Vol. 1, Issue 2 (December 2016), pp. 163-178. Co-written with Dr Abigail Gardner, University of Gloucestershire.