David runs and teaches his own Honours modules Terrorism in the Media and Documentary Film and Television: The Poetic Eye. He also teaches on the first-year core modules Media Issues and Industries and The Moving Image.
David joined the University in August 2009. He has a first-class degree in English and History, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies, both from the University of Hull. Before moving to Stirling he was a lecturer at the University of Hull.
David's main administrative role at present is divisional Admissions/Recruitment officer. His previous roles include senior Adviser of Studies for all CMC students and Programme Director of Film & Media.
David's research areas are docudrama, terrorism, documentary, British cinema and British television drama.
David has contributed to DVD and blu-ray releases for the BFI and Network. He has given public talks or Q&As at venues including the BFI Southbank and has contributed to resources such as the BFI's Screenonline and Mediatheque. He edits and writes for his own website: www.britishtelevisiondrama.org.uk.
Rolinson D (2017) 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too', Essay in DVD/Blu-ray booklet. Dual format DVD/Blu-ray booklet.. London: British Film Institute. Available from: http://shop.bfi.org.uk/directors/alan-clarke/rita-sue-and-bob-too.html#.WOdf69LyuM8.
Rolinson D (2016) Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC. Essays in accompanying book (6 in blu-ray version, 1 in DVD version). Box Set Book. London: British Film Institute. Available from: http://shop.bfi.org.uk/dissent-disruption-the-complete-alan-clarke-at-the-bbc-limited-edition-blu-ray-box-set.html#.V-UFJ4grJpg.
Rolinson D (2016) British Docudrama: New Directions in Reflexivity. In: Ebbrecht-Hartmann T, Paget D (ed.). Docudrama on European Television: A Selective Survey. Palgrave European Film and Media Studies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 199-227.
Rolinson D (2015) A Sense of Place: Regional British Television Drama 1956-82 (Book Review). Review of: A Sense of Place: Regional British Television Drama 1956-82, 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.
Rolinson D (2014) Book review of: William Gallagher, The Beiderbecke Affair, 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.
Rolinson D & Woods F (2013) Is This England ’86 and ’88? Memory, haunting and return through television seriality. In: Fradley M, Godfrey S, Williams M (ed.). Shane Meadows: Critical Essays, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Rolinson D (2012) Book review of: Shadows of Progress: documentary film in post-war Britain, 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.
Rolinson D (2012) "You’re still living in the Middle Ages!": Time Travel in Doctor Who and Pseudo-Historical, Neomedieval, Alternate Realities. In: Robinson CL, Clements P (ed.). Neomedievalism in the Media: Essays on Film, Television, and Electronic Games. hors série, 0, Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press.
Rolinson D (2011) Small Screens and Big Voices: Televisual Social Realism and the Popular. In: Tucker D (ed.) British Social Realism in the Arts since 1940. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 172-211. http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=390272.
Rolinson D (2007) Book review of: Fires were started: British cinema and Thatcherism, 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.
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.
Rolinson D (2003) 'If they want culture, they pay': consumerism and alienation in 1950s comedies. In: MacKillop I, Sinyard N (ed.). British Cinema of the 1950s: A Celebration, Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 87-97.
Rolinson D (2002) Book review of: J. Lee Thompson, Steve Chibnall, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000, 380pp. ISBN 9780719060120, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and TV Studies, August 2002.
Rolinson D (2001) Book 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.
Rolinson D (2001) Book 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.