My PhD by creative practice explores a specific science fiction genre which I am calling posthuman noir in Anglo and American film and Japanese animation. This exists at the intersection of science fiction and film noir and includes such film titles as Blade Runner, Gattaca, The Matrix, Dark City and anime as Ghost in the Shell, Darker than Black, Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy. Posthuman noir adopts and adapts tropes from film noir and subverts them to reaffirm the position of the human in posthuman futures. I am particularly interested in how Anglo-American film and Japanese anime both approach these ideas in similar ways pointing towards a globally unified attitude to the posthuman.
My research will be presented through original screenplays, a dissertation and a reflection on my creative process.
Supervisors: Dr. Jenna Ng, Simon van der Borgh
Start date of programme: October 2013
After my MFA I was represented as a screenwriter by the Bohrman Agency in Los Angles and worked as a freelance writer on a variety of projects. In 2013 I branched into playwriting when I became involved in two site specific theatrical productions for York based company Theatre Mill and abridgement of The Importance of Being Earnest and a new adaptation of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band.
In addition to my writing work I established the York Screenwriters’ Guild, a group which continues to meet fortnightly to critique member’s scripts. I have also taught afterschool activities at Bootham School, in screenwriting and creative writing, and a creative writing class with The Centre for Life Long Learning.
Science Fiction Noir, Posthuman, Unreliable Narrators, Anime, Video Games, Screenwriting, Creative Writing, Playwriting.
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Summer Fellowship, 2015
2015 HRC PhD Poster Competition – third place
Adventures in Backstory Blog - http://adventuresinbackstory.wordpress.com/
It’s Alive! An Introduction to Writing for the Screen.Focus Magazine. British Science Fiction Association. February 2015
“Contemporary Japanese Screenwriting: Reflections on interviews conducted under the JSPS summer research fellowship” Screenwriting Research Network Conference, London, September 2015
“Redrawing what it is to be Human: How posthuman characters rediscover their humanity through unreliability in Tensai Okamura’s Darker Than Black” Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference, Liverpool, June 2014
“The Creative Process in Adaptation: Investigating Ian Watson’s unproduced A.I: Artificial Intelligence scenes.” TFTV 5th Annual Postgraduate Symposium, University of York, June 2014.
Webseries Tales of Bacon, Plotting films, 2015/2016
Adapted Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band, Theatre Mill, 2013
Abridged The Importance of Being Earnest, Theatre Mill, 2013
Short story, The Crash, One&Other Magazine, Futurism Edition, 2013
Web Advert Smoko: Do Androids Dream of Electronic Cigarettes, Parashoots, 2013
Quarter Finalist - The BlueCat 2013 Screenplay Competition, The Beaumonts, 2013
Finalist - 19th TVWriter People’s Pilot competition – Soul Exchange, 2010
Finalist – Don’t Mention The War Short Story Competition, Warwick University National Student Writers’ Festival, 2008