Professor John Gibbs
- Head of the School of Arts & Communication Design
- Professor of Film
- Chair of Standing Committee for Senate on the Arts
- Co-Investigator on AHRC/FAPESP-funded project IntermIdia: Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema
Areas of interest
My research is concerned with film aesthetics and especially with extending the methods and subjects of style-based criticism. Recent work has included bringing together traditions of close analysis with on-set observation and production history in the exploration of a contemporary feature film, writing a history of mise-en-scène criticism, and exploring the possibilities of audiovisual essays for style-based criticism.
I am one of the Co-Investigators on Intermldia: Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema, with a particular role in exploring relationships between Brazilian and Hollywood films.
I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students interested in working on a wide range of narrative film, on critical historiography, on film aesthetics and on research in film and television by practice as research. Current and recent projects supervised include studies of performance in the post-studio horror film, the films of Otto Preminger, production design in the new cinema of Pernambuco, and practice as research explorations of the long take, of ethics and rhetoric in docudrama, and of different modes of film production.
- Introduction to Film and Theatre
- Critical Practice in Film and Theatre
- Practical Option: Film and Television
- Critical Issues in Film Style
- Hollywood and Beyond
- Storytelling in Film
- Dissertation supervisor/Film project supervision (BA and MA)
- Videographic Criticism.
- Series Editor (with Douglas Pye) of Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television, Palgrave Macmillan
- Member of Editorial Board of Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (CFAC).
- Gibbs, J. (2019) ‘Say, have you seen the Carioca?’: an experiment in non-linear, non-hierarchical approaches to film history. Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism , 8 ISSN: 2047-1661
- Gibbs, J. (2019) Interviews: Ian Cameron, V.F. Perkins, Charles Barr, Alan Lovell. Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism (8). pp. 38-71. ISSN: 2047-1661
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. (2017) Opening choices: Notorious (audiovisual essay). Movie: a journal of film criticism (7). ISSN: 2047-1661
- Gibbs, J. (2017) Opening movements in Ophuls: long takes, leading characters and luxuries. In: Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. (eds.) The long take: critical approaches. Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television Palgrave Macmillan , London, UK. pp. 89-102. ISBN: 9781137585721
- Gibbs, J. (2017) Ophuls and film style. University of Reading (Collection)
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. (2017) The Phantom Carriage: a revaluation (audiovisual essay). Movie: a journal of film criticism (7). ISSN: 2047-1661
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. , eds. (2017) The long take: critical approaches. Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television Palgrave Macmillan , London, UK. ISBN: 9781137585721
- Gibbs, J. (2016) Opening movements in Ophuls: Caught (and Madame de …)(audiovisual essay). [in]Transition , 3 (2). ISSN: 2469-4312
- Gibbs, J. , eds. (2013) The life of mise-en-scène: visual style and British film criticism, 1946–78. Manchester University Press , Manchester. pp 288. ISBN: 9780719088667
- Gibbs, J. (2012) Balancing act: exploring the tone of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. New Review of Film and Television Studies , 10 (1). pp. 132-151. ISSN: 1740-0309 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17400309.2011.635035 (special issue: Wes Anderson and Co.)
- Gibbs, J. (2011) The cry of the owl: investigating decision-making in a contemporary feature film. Movie: a Journal of Film Criticism (3). pp. 80-93. ISSN: 2047-1661
- Gibbs, J. (2010) Sleeping with half open eyes: dreams and realities in The Cry of the Owl. Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism (1). pp. 1-17.
- Gibbs, J. (2010) 'Everything is connected, and everything matters': relationships in I ♥ Huckabees. In: Brown, T. and Walters, J. (eds.) Film Moments. BFI / Palgrave Macmillan , London. pp. 57-60. ISBN: 9781844573356
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. (2010) Preminger and Peckinpah: seeing and shaping widescreen worlds. In: Belton, J. , Hall, S. , Neale, S. (eds.) Widescreen Worldwide. John Libbey , London. pp. 71-90. ISBN: 9780861966943
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. , eds. (2009) Close-up 03 : the police series ; Weimar cinema ; Men's cinema. Close-up , 3. Wallflower Press , London. pp 224. ISBN: 9781905674770
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. , eds. (2007) Close-Up 02: movies and tone / reading Rohmer / voices in film. Wallflower Press , London. pp 256. ISBN: 9781905674060
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. , eds. (2006) Close-Up 01: Filmmakers’ choices / The pop song in narrative film / reading Buffy. Wallflower Press , London. pp 256. ISBN: 9781904764571
- Gibbs, J. (2006) Filmmakers' choices. Close-Up 01. Wallflower Press , London. pp. 1-87. ISBN: 1904764665
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. (2005) Revisiting Preminger: 'Bonjour Tristesse' (1958) and close reading. In: Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. (eds.) Style and Meaning: Studies in the Detailed Analysis of Film. Manchester University Press , Manchester. pp. 108-126. ISBN: 9780719065248
- Gibbs, J. and Pye, D. , eds. (2005) Style and meaning: studies in the detailed analysis of film. Manchester University Press , Manchester. ISBN: 9780719065248