Tom Brown is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies. He is the author of two monographs: Spectacle in “Classical” Cinemas: Musicality and Historicity in the 1930s (2016) and Breaking the Fourth Wall: Direct Address in the Cinema (2012). Brown is the co-editor of The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture (2014), Film Moments: Criticism, History, Theory (2010) and Film and Television After DVD (2008), and the author of numerous other articles and chapters.


He holds a PhD in Film Studies and MA in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick and a BA in Film Studies and French from the University of Kent. Prior to working at KCL, he was a Lecturer in Film at the University of Reading.




Film analysis and film theory, with a focus on:

  • Cinematic ‘classicism’, particularly in Hollywood
  • The representation of history on film
  • French cinema, especially of the 1930s
  • Cinematic spectacle and film genres (esp. the musical)
  • Performance