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Professor Stella Bruzzi FBA



Email: s.bruzzi@ucl.ac.uk

External phone: 020 7679 7195

Internal phone: 37195

Office: Foster Court Room 202

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

The majority of Stella Bruzzi’s research is in 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. In 2011 she was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship entitled ‘Approximation: Documentary, History and Staging Reality’, and is currently completing the monograph linked to that project. New Documentary was recently translated into Chinese and portions of this and other publications have been translated into German, Spanish and Italian. A full Spanish edition is planned.


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)

Bruzzi Undressing Cinema

Bruzzi Fashion Cultures

Bruzzi Seven Up

Bruzzi New Documentary

Bruzzi Bringing Up Daddy

Bruzzi Men's 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).