Dr David Rolinson

Lecturer

Communications, Media and Culture University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr David Rolinson

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About me

About me

Television is my main area of interest, in particular British television history with a focus on docudrama and drama. My teaching focuses on documentary and terrorism across the media, and teaching core skills in the study of film and television style. I have taught widely across many areas including contemporary media industries and film theory.

I have a first-class degree in English and History, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies, both from the University of Hull.

I joined the University of Stirling in 2009, before which I was a lecturer at the University of Hull. I have been teaching at University level for twenty years.

My main administrative role at present is divisional Admissions/Recruitment officer. My previous roles include senior Adviser of Studies for all CMC students and Programme Director of the Film & Media degree.

Research

My main research areas are docudrama and British television drama. My work often crosses into terrorism and documentary. My methods include archival research, close textual analysis rooted in a sense of programme-making practice and industrial contexts, and attempts to conceptualise and interrogate methods of studying hybrid forms and television specificity.

My first book, Alan Clarke (2005), pioneered methods of studying television direction. Sight & Sound made it their 'Book of the Month'. I co-edited a collection of Dennis Potter's work, The Art of Invective: Selected Non-Fiction 1953-94 (2015), which was described by Jonathan Meades in Literary Review as 'one of the very finest collections of occasional (but far from ephemeral) writing I have read […] The scholarship of the editors is impeccable'.

Recent research topics include science documentary on mental illness using docudrama approaches; television branding in relation to coproduction; cinema and television convergence; reflexivity in docudrama; television formats relating to welfare; and torture in television drama on terrorism.

For many years I have been committed to disseminating research outwith conventional academic routes. I contributed to various DVD and blu-ray releases for the BBC, BFI and Network: these include the award-winning Dissent and Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC and, most recently, Pinter at the BBC. I have given public talks and interviews with practitioners at venues including the BFI Southbank and Manchester Cornerhouse. I made dozens of contributions to the BFI resources Screenonline and Mediatheque. I have written for many fanzines and non-academic book publishers. I edit and write for my own website: www.britishtelevisiondrama.org.uk.

Outputs (41)

Outputs

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2020) Saville, Philip (1927–2016), television, film, and theatre director. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-112120?rskey=tLXwxa&result=1

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2019) British Cinema and Television. In: Hill J (ed.) A Companion to British and Irish Cinema. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 332-346. https://www.wiley.com/en-gb/A+Companion+to+British+and+Irish+Cinema-p-9781118477519

Other

Rolinson D (2017) 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too', Essay in DVD/Blu-ray booklet. [Dual format DVD/Blu-ray booklet.] 22.05.2017. http://shop.bfi.org.uk/directors/alan-clarke/rita-sue-and-bob-too.html#.WOdf69LyuM8

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2016) British Docudrama: New Directions in Reflexivity. In: Ebbrecht-Hartmann T & Paget D (eds.) Docudrama on European Television: A Selective Survey. Palgrave European Film and Media Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 199-227. http://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137499783

Book Review

Rolinson D (2015) A Sense of Place: Regional British Television Drama 1956-82. Review of:
Lez Cooke, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2012. 240pp. ISBN 9780719086786. Critical Studies in Television, 10 (3), pp. 121-123. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.7227/CST.10.3.9; https://doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2015.982016

Book Review

Rolinson D (2015) Jimmy McGovern. Review of: Steve Blandford,
Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2013, 224pp. 978-0-7190-8248-1. Critical Studies in Television, 10 (2), pp. 143-145.

Book Review

Rolinson D (2014) The Beiderbecke Affair. Review of: William Gallagher,
BFI TV Classics, British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 128pp. ISBN 978-1-84457-469-8. Critical Studies in Television, 9 (3), pp. 127-128. https://doi.org/10.7227/CST.9.3.11

Other

Rolinson D (2014) Red Shift. Essay in DVD booklet. [DVD Booklet] 10.2014. http://shop.bfi.org.uk/pre-order-red-shift.html#.V-UF_YgrJpg

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2013) The helium of publicity: mass-mediated 'terrierism'. In: Leggott J & Sexton J (eds.) No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris. London: BFI, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 223-247. https://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/info_26348.html

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2012) "You’re still living in the Middle Ages!": Time Travel in Doctor Who and Pseudo-Historical, Neomedieval, Alternate Realities. In: Robinson C & Clements P (eds.) Neomedievalism in the Media: Essays on Film, Television, and Electronic Games. hors série, 0. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press. http://mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=8617&pc=9

Book Review

Rolinson D (2012) Shadows of Progress: documentary film in post-war Britain. Review of:
Patrick Russell and James Piers Taylor (eds), London, British Film Institute–Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, xii+429 pp., ISBN 978-1844573219. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 32 (3), pp. 479-482. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2012.699622

Other

Rolinson D (2011) Tales Out of School. [Essay as DVD booklet] 07.2011.

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2010) The last studio system: a case for British television films. In: Newland P (ed.) Don’t Look Now: British Cinema of the 1970s. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 163-176. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=4699/

Other

Rolinson D (2008) This Sporting Life. [Essay as DVD booklet] 2008.

Book Review

Rolinson D (2007) Fires were started: British cinema and Thatcherism. Review of:
Lester D Friedman (ed), London, Wallflower Press, 2005 (2nd edn), xxiv + 341 pp., ISBN 978-1904764717. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 27 (4), pp. 590-592. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439680701553560

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2007) 'Who done it': discourses of authorship in the John Nathan-Turner era. In: Butler D (ed.) Time and Relative Dissertations in Space: Critical Perspectives on Doctor Who. Reference,Information and Interdisciplinary Subjects Series. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 176-189.

Other

Rolinson D (2007) The Firm Special Edition. [DVD commentary, Essay as DVD booklet] 08.2007.

Book Review

Rolinson D (2007) Documentary: The Margins of Reality. Review of:
Paul Ward, New York: Wallflower, 2005, 144pp. ISBN 9780231850094. Scope: An Online Journal of Film and TV Studies, (8). http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/scope/issues/2007/june-issue-08.aspx

Other

Rolinson D (2007) Hell Drivers. [Essay as DVD booklet] 03.2007.

Authored Book

Rolinson D (2005) Alan Clarke. Television Series. Manchester: Manchester University Press. http://manchester.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.7228/manchester/9780719068300.001.0001/upso-9780719068300

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2005) Sweet Sixteen. In: McFarlane B (ed.) The Cinema of Britain and Ireland. 24 Frames. London: Wallflower Press, pp. 251-259. http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-1-904764-39-7/the-cinema-of-britain-and-ireland

Book Chapter

Rolinson D (2003) 'If they want culture, they pay': consumerism and alienation in 1950s comedies. In: MacKillop I & Sinyard N (eds.) British Cinema of the 1950s: A Celebration. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 87-97. http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719064890

Book Review

Rolinson D (2002) J. Lee Thompson. Review of:
Steve Chibnall, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000, 380pp. ISBN 9780719060120. Scope: An Online Journal of Film and TV Studies, August 2002. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/scope/issues/2002/august.aspx

Book Review

Rolinson D (2001) Documentary, Interpretivism and Positivism (Review Essay). Review of: No Other Way to Tell It: dramadoc/docudrama on television, Derek Paget, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1998, pp. vii + 237. ISBN 978-0719045332 New Documentary: a critical introduction, Stella Bruzzi, London, Routledge, 2000, pp. 199. ISBN 978-0415385244 Lies, Damn Lies and Documentaries, Brian Winston, London, BFI, 2000, pp. 186. ISBN 978-0851707976. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 21 (3), pp. 323-325. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439680120069443

Book Review

Rolinson D (2001) Windows on the sixties: Exploring key texts of media and culture. Review of: Windows on the Sixties: exploring key texts of media and culture, Anthony Aldgate, James Chapman, and Arthur Marwick (eds), London, I.B. Taurus, 2000, 194 pp. ISBN 978-1860643835. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 21 (2), pp. 190-191. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439680120051523

Teaching

Teaching

I created, coordinate and teach two current Honours-level modules - Documentary Film and Television: The Poetic Eye and Terrorism in the Media. I also coordinate, and contribute the majority of the teaching to, The Moving Image, the core first-year core module on film and television style and form.

Other recent teaching at the University of Stirling includes lectures on contemporary media industries, public service broadcasting, regional broadcasting and research methods. In the past I have taught whole modules on film and television theory, European cinema, realism, and television drama. Over the years I have lectured on history, literature, gender studies, silent cinema, superheroes, Chinese cinema, medievalism in the media, British cinema, Hitchcock, New Hollywood Cinema, comedy, television ghost stories and Scottish media.