Dr James Fenwick

My research draws heavily on ‘New Film History’ methodologies, utilising archival sources and interviews to explore the industrial contexts of American and British film production, with a focus on the role of the producer. I am currently writing a monograph, Stanley Kubrick Produces, which examines Stanley Kubrick’s role as a producer and the way he utilised changing industrial contexts to shape his own creative processes. I continue to research the life and work of Kubrick and I have written a number of journal articles and book chapters, most recently editing the collection Understanding Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey: Representation and Interpretation (Intellect, 2018). The book was published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the film.

I have two further major areas of research. The first is ‘shadow cinema’, the unmade and unreleased films that litter the history of cinema. Archival evidence points towards a majority of funding within the American film industry going towards films that are ultimately abandoned for a variety of reasons. I am currently co-editing a volume on the subject, Shadow Cinema: Historical and Production Contexts, to be published with Bloomsbury. I am also developing research networks to investigate this expansive topic.

Finally, I was awarded funding by the European Association for American Studies in 2017 to undertake research at the Kirk Douglas Papers housed at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I am now working on several journal articles and book chapters about the life and career of Kirk Douglas, perhaps one of the most instrumental, and overlooked figures in the transformation of industrial practices in Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s. The aim is to develop my research into a future monograph.