I mainly teach a range of Film Studies units including Histories of Cinema, Film Genre & Mode and Cinema and Nation the on the BA programme and Contemporary Queer Cultures on the MA programme. My own PhD was on national identity in the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and I still have an interest in their work and in British cinema more widely. Recently I’ve been researching gay/lesbian/queer history – with particular emphasis on its relationship with cinema, film-going and film criticism. This forms part of a large project exploring how images and narratives of same-sex desire on film interact with established notions of genre .
I want my lectures to be sharp, funny and engaging. I’m passionate about the subject and I want that to come across. Our relationship with films is a story about ourselves, so I try to help students develop their own ways to articulate their responses to film. My seminars aim to be friendly spaces where students can bring their own ideas to the table and develop them. We take films seriously, but it should also be fun.
If I had to describe myself in three words I would say ‘Culture-holic Queer-Leftie Vegetarian’ (that’s possibly four). I go to the theatre avidly, Shakespeare is the one. I also try to cram in exhibitions, concerts and gigs. I’m blessed with creative, arty friends who stage inventive club nights and events that I can go to. Otherwise I’m hiking up a mountain or on a beach, probably bird-watching.
People are envious if you say you’re a film lecturer because everyone loves films. While it is important that film students acquire the skills the 21st Century workplace demands, I hope that by exploring cinema history they will become more culturally curious and embark on their own life-long love-affairs with film. I love the idea that university nurtures critically aware, culturally sensitive and articulate citizens. William, an ex-student, once hugged me drunkenly on a dance-floor and thanked me for ‘giving him’ Ingmar Bergman. That’s why I teach.
Singling just one piece of advice is hard. Worship film? Nurture amazing friendships? Learn when to use an apostrophe? Find your own voice? (all are vital in life!)
I think my best advice would be this: be ready to embrace the entire history of cinema because film-makers have always revered their own cinematic heritage too. There is more to film culture than what’s on this week at the Odeon. Discover it.
I was a (mature) student at the University of Newcastle (English Literature with Film Studies), and stayed on there to complete my MA on British Cinema and my PhD on national identity in the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. My PhD was examined by Professor Ian Christie (Birkbeck) and a version of it eventually found its way into my monograph on Powell and Pressburger.
Before working at MMU I lectured in Literature and Film at the University of Wales Bangor for six years.
Reader in Cinema History, Room 2.04, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH
Research Degrees Coordinator, Department of English
My specific research areas are British Cinema history and LGBT/Queer cinema, though I cover all areas of LGBT/Queer Studies too.
I teach across a range of Film Studies units on the BA Programme (Histories of Cinema, Film Genre & Mode, Cinema and Nation).
On the MA English Studies Programme (Contemporary Queer Cultures).
I have recently served as External Examiner at the Universities of Manchester, Dundee and Exeter (St Marks and St John)
I chiefly research all aspects of LGBTQ cinema history (and LGBTQ Studies more widely), and British cinema history.
My chief area of interest was originally the work of Powell and Pressburger. Emerging from this study, I have an interest in British, transnational and cross-cultural film, with a particular emphasis on the work of exiles. While my interest in British Cinema is still alive and well, my more recent research is into gay (and queer) cinema since Stonewall. I am the author of various chapters and articles looking at gay/queer culture, and I am interested in cross-currents between expressions of exile and of queerness. I have an ongoing interest in modes of queer viewing / reception studies, and am currently writing a monograph on the relationship between genre and sexuality in gay inflected cinema since Stonewall.
I am currently writing an article on what I call 'New Gay Sincerity' in the films of Andrew Haigh, Ira Sachs and Travis Mathews.
A. Moor, G. Harper Signs of life: medicine and cinema.
A. Moor, I. Christie The cinema of Michael Powell: international perspectives on an English film-maker.
A. Moor (2018). New Gay Sincerity’ and Andrew Haigh’s Weekend (UK, 2011). Film Studies. 18,
A. Moor (2005). Hein Heckroth at the Archers: art, commerce, sickliness.
A. Moor (2005). Autobiography, the self and Pressburger-Powell's The Golden Years project. Screen. 46(1), pp.15-32.
A. Moor (2017). Émigrés in classic British cinema. In: The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History. pp.151-160.
A. Moor (2012). Kind Hearts and Campery: The Ealing Family Perverts. M. Duguid, L. Freeman, K. Johnston, M. Williams. London: BFI,
A. Moor (2009). Pastures New: Powell, Pressburger and British Film. R. Murphy. In: British Cinema Book. London: BFI,
A. Moor Past Imperfect, Future Tense: the Health Services in British cinema of the mid-century. A. Moor, G. Harper. In: Signs of Life: Medicine and Cinema. Columbia University Press,
A. Moor (2006). Beyond the Pale: The Politics of Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game. R. Griffiths. In: British Queer Cinema. London: Routledge,
A. Moor Not Just Propaganda: A Canterbury Tale, Colonel Blimp and Wartime. In: The Archers: O Cinema de Michael Powell e Emeric Pressburger.
A. Moor (2005). Bending the arrow: the queer appeal of the Archers. I. Christie, A. Moor. In: Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-maker. London: BFI,
A. Moor (2001). Anton Walbrook and the Seduction of the English. B. Babington. In: British Stars and Stardom: From Alma Taylor to Sean Connery. Manchester University Press,
A. Moor (2000). Spirit and Matter: Romantic Mythologies in the films of Derek Jarman. D. Alderson, L. Anderson. In: Territories of Desire in Queer Culture: Refiguring the Contemporary Boundaries. Manchester University Press,
On 22nd Feb 2014, I am speaking at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London School of Advanced Study. My talk is titled: 'Jack Babuscio, Gay Pride and Film Criticism in the 1970s': http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/116?series=116
I am appearing in this Panel discussion / performance event at Contact Theatre as part of their Queer Contact 2014 Festival (Feb 8th 2014).
British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) 2nd Annual Conference, Senate House, London, April 24-6th, 2014:
I review regularly for Journal of Brtish Film and Television.
2013: Small Research Grant submitted to British Academy (result due March 2014)
2005 British Academy ‘Small Research Grant’ (£2865)
2005: British Academy Conference Grant (£950)
2004: Academic Supervisor: Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Safety Media Ltd: DTI/Welsh Assembly funded grant (3 years: £67,044)
2004: AHRB Research Leave Grant (1 semester: £13153)
2003: British Academy ‘Small Research Grant’ (£1200)
I am currently in discussion with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation regarding a multi-media film/music project based around Burgess's curated season of films at the National Film Theatre.
BBC4 The Cinema Show (2007): 'Trust Me I'm a Doctor - Medics in the Movies': I appeared in this episode and was a consultant: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0082h4c
BBC4 The Cinema Show (2005): appearance to mark 100th Anniversary of the birth of Michael Powell.
I continue to appear regularly on BBC Radio Manchester and Gaydio with presenter Andrew Edwards, discussing aspects of gay culture and film history.
MMU Staff Awards: Winner (2015): Outstanding Contribution to the University's Values
Chief General Editor, OPen Screens: The Journal of the British Association of Film, TV and Screen Studies (Open Library of the Humanities)
I am Chair of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (www.baftss.org) having served on its Executive Committee since the Association's inception.