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Professor Stella Bruzzi FBA



Email: s.bruzzi@ucl.ac.uk


Stella Bruzzi

Education and Experience 

Stella Bruzzi studied English and Drama at the University of Manchester and completed her PhD (‘Trial and Error: The Political Use of Trials in Film, Theatre and Television’) at Bristol. Prior to joining UCL in April 2017, she was at the University of Warwick for 10 years, where she served as Head of the Department of Film and Television Studies and as Chair of the Arts Faculty for 3 years. 1993—2006 she taught at Royal Holloway and 1992—1993 at the University of Manchester.

Stella was a Researcher at BBC Television, first in Bristol (Documentary Features) then in London (Music and Arts), from 1988—1992.

For many years she was a regular contributor to Sight and Sound and has appeared in several television and radio programmes and documentaries.

In 2013 she was made a Fellow of the British Academy.

Research Interests

Stella Bruzzi’s research falls mainly into the areas of: documentary film and television; costume, fashion and film; masculinity and cinema; representations of the law and true crime in film and television. Following on from the Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship ‘Approximation: Documentary, History and the Staging of Reality’, a monograph of the same title has just been published by Routledge (May, 2020). New Documentary has been translated into Chinese and portions of this and other publications have been translated into German, Spanish and Italian. A full Spanish edition is planned. She is currently writing an article on fashion and film.


Undressing Cinema: Clothing and Identity in the Movies (Routledge, 1997)

New Documentary: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2000)

Fashion Cultures: Theories, Exploration and Analysis (co-edited with Pamela Church Gibson, Routledge, 2000)

Bringing Up Daddy: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Post-war Hollywood (BFI Publishing, 2005)

New Documentary (revised edition, Routledge, 2006)

Seven Up (BFI Publishing, 2006)

Men’s Cinema: Masculinity and Mise-en-Scene in Hollywood (Edinburgh University Press, 2013)

Fashion Cultures Revisited (co-edited with Pamela Church Gibson , Routledge, 2013)

Approximation: Documentary, History and the Staging of Reality (Routledge 2020)

Book cover of Stella Bruzzi Approximation
Bruzzi Fashion Cultures
Bruzzi Men's Cinema

Bruzzi Seven Up
Bruzzi New Documentary

Bruzzi Bringing Up Daddy
Bruzzi Undressing Cinema

Recent Articles and Chapters in Books

“They believe every fuckin’ word because you’re super cool”: Masculine cool ‘90s style in Reservoir Dogs, in Geoff King (ed.) A Companion to American Indie Film, Wiley Blackwell (2017)

‘Making a Genre: The case of the contemporary true crime documentary’, in Law and Humanities, Vol.10, No.2, 1—32. (2016)

‘Narrative, “Evidence Verité” and the Different Truths of the Modern Trial Documentary’, in Documentary Across Disciplines, eds Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg, MIT Press (2016)

“It Won’t Be Iraq They’ll Remember Me For, Will It?”: Tony Blair and Dramatisations of The War On Terror’, in The War on Terror: Post-9/11 Television Drama, Docudrama and Documentary, eds. Stephen Lacey and Derek Paget, University of Wales Press (2015)

‘Re-enacting Trauma in Film and Television: Restaging History, Revisiting Pain’, in Therapy and Emotions in Film and Television: The Pulse of the Times, ed. Claudia Wassmann, Palgrave Macmillan (2015).