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Dr Nick Rees-Roberts

Dr Nick Rees-Roberts

Dr Nick Rees-Roberts
BA(Oxon), DPhil(Sus)


Area of research

French Cinema, Queer Studies, Fashion Cultures

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Dr Nick Rees-Roberts is Lecturer in Film in the French Department at the University of Bristol. His current interdisciplinary research project focuses on the history and theory of fashion with particular emphasis on the relationship between fashion and film. This includes a book Fashion Film: Art and Advertising in the Digital Age to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Nick has also published work on fashion film and digital advertising in the French journal Poli: Politique de l’image in 2011, and has an article on the iconography of fashion designer and photographer Hedi Slimane in the journal Fashion Theory in 2013. Recent publications include a chapter on fashion and globalization in Brazil for the edited volume Fashion Cultures Revisited (2013) and forthcoming publications include a journal article on fashion designer Raf Simons.

Alongside this research on fashion imagery and media, Dr Rees-Roberts has an established research profile in contemporary French cinema, culture and critical theory with particular emphasis on questions of identity, gender and sexuality. French Queer Cinema, his first monograph, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2008. This was followed by Homo exoticus: race, classe et critique queer, co-written by Maxime Cervulle, published by Armand Colin and INA (Institut national de l’audiovisuel) in 2010. Homo exoticus examined questions of race and queer sexuality in contemporary French media-culture. Press coverage for the book included interviews and reviews in Le Monde and Libération. Future publications also include articles on queer style in the cinema of Xavier Dolan and on masculinity, sixties heritage and vintage style in contemporary European cinema.

With Dr Darren Waldron from the University of Manchester, Nick is co-editing a volume on French film star Alain Delon for Bloomsbury Publishing in 2014 (Alain Delon: Style, Stardom and Masculinity). His own contribution looks at the reception of the star’s image and fashion label in both European and Asian consumer cultures. This transnational focus on fashion and consumption builds on a previous publication on heritage and co-branding, “Men of Mode: Alain Delon, Christian Dior and Brand Heritage,” published in the journal Film, Fashion and Consumption in 2011.


Dr Rees-Roberts has a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from Oxford University and a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex.

Before being appointed to a lectureship at Bristol in 2007, Dr Rees-Roberts was an associate lecturer in English, Film and Media Studies in France (2002-7) teaching at the Universities of Nancy II, Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Paris-Dauphine, and at the CELSA, University of Paris IV (Sorbonne).



Dr Nick Rees-Roberts teaches Film (French, European and World Cinemas) and Cultural Studies (Introduction to the Study of Cultures; Fashion Cultures) across the BA programmes in Modern Languages, as well as contributing to the MA programmes in Film and Television Studies and Modern Languages. He also teaches final year French Language at undergraduate level.

Nick would be delighted to hear from potential students interested in postgraduate research (MPhil or PhD) in cinema, media, critical and cultural theory, fashion studies, gender and sexuality studies, or comparative literary and cultural studies.

Postgraduate teaching and supervision for the MA in Film and Television Studies and the MA in Modern Languages:

  • Theories of Visual Culture: Text and Image
  • European Cinemas: National or Transnational
  • Constructing Identities
  • Research Methodologies

Undergraduate teaching in film and cultural studies on the BA Modern Languages:

  • Introduction to the Study of Cultures
  • World Cinemas: from the National to the Transnational
  • Reading the Media
  • French Cinema: Aesthetics, Genres and Histories
  • Contemporary French Cinema
  • Fashion Cultures
  • Gender and Sexuality in French Film
  • Shaping Contemporary France
  • French Literary and Visual Cultures


  • Film Screen Media Fashion Design Critical and Cultural Theory Identity Gender Sexuality Queer Theory



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