Dr Charlie Oughton combines journalism and presenting with teaching media communications at Regent's University London. Currently working on a monograph regarding Stephen King’s IT due for publication in 2019, he has teaching and research interests in horror, identity, representations of crime and taboo. Charlie also writes for media and culture-related publications including Real Crime, SciFiNow and Starburst.
He has contributed to a number of journals and edited collections on topics ranging from the radical politics of How to Train Your Dragon through to feminism in cult film, including the Amazon best-selling Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema, and has presented film commentary materials for a number of home entertainment distributors. He has also judged film festival competitions including the Melies and assisted in the organisation of arts events including FrightFest.
Extremely interested in widening participation, Charlie tours public lectures focusing on film, journalism and cultural theory and has been an invited speaker at venues including The British Film Institute as well as having contributed to BBC News and Sky News.
He also teaches media and culture-related subjects for University of the Arts London and the University of Southern California.
- PhD in Drama, University of Hull, 2009.
- Post Graduate Research Certificate, University of Hull, 2009.
- B.A. English, The University of York, 2000.
Relevant Past Employment
- 6 years experience as a freelance film journalist and broadcaster.
- Freelance market researcher for clients including IPSOS MORI.
- Oughton, C. 2019. Stephen King’s IT: Culture and the Clown (anticipated title). Forthcoming from McFarland and Co. (In progress)
- Oughton, K. C. 2016. ‘When the woman shoots: ladies behind the silent film camera.’ in Bridges, M. and Robson, C. (eds.) 2015. Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema. London: Supernova Books.
- Oughton, K. C. 2015. ‘Subversive Cinema: Cult Film and the rise of Film Fan Communities.’ In Gillieron. R. and Robson, C. (eds.) 2015. Counterculture UK: A Celebration. London: Supernova Books.
- Oughton, K. 2014. ‘Downey Junior: Gender and Violence.’ in MacDonald, E. (ed.) (2014). Robert Downey Jr., From Brat to Icon.’ Jefferson: McFarland Press. P. 75 – 85.
- Oughton, K. (2014). ‘The Home, the Body and Otherness: Canadian Representations of Identity and Feminism in Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Sarah Polley’s Away From Her and the Soska Sisters’ American Mary.’ in Kelly, G. and Robson, C. (eds.) (2014). Celluloid Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through. London: Supernova Books. P. 49 – 74.
- Oughton C. 2018. ‘Portrait of Hiccup as a Transman’. In: Flynn, S. and Wright, J. (eds). The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Special Issue: Troubled Identity and the Continuing Relevance of Cultural Studies. Vol 4. Issue 182 (March – June 2017), pp. 94 – 105.
- Oughton. K. C. 2016. ‘Ghosts, grief and giggles: an experiment in hunting the haunted’. In: Murder: moral panic, mythos, modernity, Interdisciplinary.net. Forthcoming.
- Oughton, K. C. 2015. ‘Dining out on Dahmer: Unstable structural violence in serial killer celebrity culture’. In. HARTS & Minds: The Journal of Humanities and Arts.
- Oughton, K. (2014). ‘Book Review. Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain by Julian Petley and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer by Shaun Kimber’. Scope – An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies. Issue 26, February 2014. P. 49 – 54.
Contribution to a variety of Future Publishing bookazines.
Invited Jury Panels
- Jury member for the British Horror Film Festival Awards, the Film Festival Guild. 2014.
- Jury member for the British Horror Film Festival Awards, the Film Festival Guild. 2013.
- Jury member for England’s nominations for the Mêlies D’Argent film award, Leeds International Film Festival. 2011.
Invited festival panels
- Panel member for Nine Worlds Festival for “Twisted Tales: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales”. 2017. (Included discussion of social cognitive theory – impact of violence on culture / social memory.)
- Panel member for The Final Girls’ “Body Trouble” in association with Picture House. 2016. (Discussion of gendered representations of crime.)
- Panel member for The Final Girls’ “Reinventing the Final Girl” in association with Somerset House. 2016.(Discussion of gendered representations of crime.)
- Panel member for Nine Worlds Festival for ‘Feminist Film Criticism’. 2016.(Discussion of gendered representations of crime.)
- Panel member for Nine Worlds Festival for ‘Theatre as Transformative Works’. 2016. (Included discussion of the impact of violence on culture / social memory.)
- Panel member for Bechdel Test Fest’s “First Birthday Party”, Hackney Picture House. 2016. (Discussion of gendered representations of crime / horror.)
- Panel member for Nine Worlds Festival for ‘Is Horror Evil?’ panel on feminism, taboo and horror films. 2015.(Included discussion of social cognitive theory – impact of violence on culture.)
- Panel member for Bechdel Test Fest’s “Women in Horror” event, Hackney Picture House. 2015. (Included discussion of representation of gendered violence on culture.)
- Panel member for Underwire Film Festival panel ‘Celluloid Ceiling: Women in Film’. (Included discussion of social cognitive theory – impact of violence on culture / social memory.)
- Big Hair and Unruly Minds: The Bride of Frankenstein and her Impact on Culture’. Fear in the Fens Festival, October 2018.
- Killer Clowns! Serial killers in reality and on screen. In conversation with Paul Harrison. Joshua Brooks, Manchester, 26th September 2018.
- ‘The Quest for the True Cinema King’. A lecture on issues of gender and censorship in relation to adaptations of Stephen King’s work for the British Film Institute’s Stephen King Summit. 2017.
- Public lectures delivering university-level communications and culturall theory to external communities ranging from scholars to those outside of education using audience participation and immersive-theatre style special effects. The productions have appeared at venues and festivals including London Horror Festival, Nine Worlds Geek Fest, Southend-on-Sea International Film Festival, Shock and Gore, the Bram Stoker International Horror Festival, the Portico Gallery and London performance event, Ghouls’ Night Out.
- The Classic Horror Campaign: Provided a series of mini-lectures prior to film screenings from May 2011 to May 2012. Topics ranged from the characters played by Vincent Price to the affects of expressionism in The Carnival of Souls and overarching issues of censorship.
- Sky News. 2018.
- Moviedrome (various films). 2016. Produced by Simon Kennedy. (Included a section on Nightcrawler, a film discussing the ethics of photo journali
- Demon. 2015. Directed by Mark Duffield. Demon House Productions
- BBC News. 2014
- Contributor, VHS Forever: Psychotronic People. Directed By Darren J Perry and Mark Williams. Son of Bill Productions. (Discussion of censorship and the implications of infringement.)
- Video Nasties: Draconian Days. 2014. Directed by Jake West. Nucleus Films.(Discussion of censorship and the implications of infringement.
- 'Star Wars and the implications of the film business on story’ Radio Russia. 2012.
- Audio commentary. In: Neighbor. 2010. Directed by Robert Angelo Masciantonio. Lionsgate & Highfliers Films. (Discussion of censorship and the implications of infringement.)
- Actor in features including Egomaniac (Kate Shenton, 2016), Grindsploitation (Andy Edwards, 2017) and Bad Moon Rising (Alasdair Mackay, post-production).
Conference Papers Given
- And the Stars Came Crashing Down: Reassessing the Roles of Female Horror Filmmaker and Their Fandoms’ in ‘Celebrity and Contemporary Horror Film’ with Och, D. Decker, L. and Newman, G. Toronto, Canada, 2018.
- ‘Ghosts, grief and giggles: an experiment in hunting the haunted. In: Murder: moral panic, mythos, modernity – part of The Violence Project for Interdisciplinary.net. Oxford, England, 1- 2 August 2015.
- ‘Deliciously Deranged: Depicting the Raison D’être of Jeffrey Dahmer as a Celebrity Serial Killer. In: Hic Dragones, True Crime: Fact, Fiction, Ideology. Manchester, England, 7 June 2014.
- ‘Devil or Devoted Son: Jeffrey Dahmer in Serial Killer Celebrity Culture. In: Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Indiana State University, Fifth Annual International Crime, Media & Popular Culture Studies Conference: a Cross-disciplinary Exploration. Indiana, USA, 23-25 September 2013.
- ‘Dining out on Dahmer: the Structural Violence of Serial Killer Celebrity Culture. In: Rethinking Humanities and Social Sciences 2013. Dalmatia, Croatia, 5-7 September 2013.
- ‘Teaching Trash: the Changing Role of the Female Fright-film Performer-Journalist. In: IAFOR (International Academic Forum), European Conference of Arts and Humanities. Sussex, England, 18-21 July 2013.
- ‘Lights! Camera! Academic! The Thorny Issue of Critical Involvement with Snuff Cinema. In: The Cultural Mythology of the Snuff Movie. Bournemouth, England, 23-24 November 2012.
- ‘Who do You Think You are Kidding, Mr Fulci? The Role of Metanarrative in Cat in the Brain. In: Brunel University, Cine-Excess VI – Transglobal Excess: The Art and Atrocity of Cult Adaptation. London, England, 24–26 May 2012.
- ‘Monstrous Masculinity: Emasculation and Sexuality in the Horror Film. In: Brunel University, Cine-Excess V - Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess. London, England, 19 –22 July 2011.
- ‘Birds of Different Feather: Site-Specific Drag Performance. In. Regent’s College and The Society for Theatre Research (London), Scenography Stages the Nation. London, England, 19– 22 July 2010.
- ‘Dance or Demonstrate? The Tension Between, and the Reunion of, LGBTQ Politics and Pleasure. In: Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Research Network and The University of Brighton, 3rd Annual Conference: The Academy and Activism. Sussex, England, 24 September 2009.
- ‘Queermania: Little Britain’s Horrific Production. In: The University of Nottingham, Queer Screen Cultures Postgraduate Study Day. Nottingham, England, 5 May 2009.
- ‘Can a Femme Ever Really be Queer? The Destabilisations of a Bio-female Drag Performer. In: Enkidu and Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, 3rd Queer Studies Easter Symposium - Feeling Queerly: Homonormativity and the Politics of Queer Affect. Mexico City, Mexico, 9-14 April 2009.
- Goddess in Your Own Image: the Sexualisation of the Constructed Feminine in the Lives of Modern Ritual Magicians. In: Cleveland State University Department of History, Women and Spirituality: An International, Interdisciplinary Academic Symposium. Ohio, U.S.A., 12-14 March 2009.
- ‘So You Think You're a Lesbian? The Destabilisation of a Bio-female Drag Performer. In: The University of South Florida, Anything But Safe: Sex, Sexuality and Gender. Florida, U.S.A., 6-8 March 2009.
Portrayals of controversial subjects in cult and popular media, dark tourism, real crime media, celebrity cultures, depictions of gender and sexuality in film, intersectional identity, the film industry and fandom cultures.
- Regent’s University London grant to present paper at the Murder: moral panic, mythos, modernity part of The Violence Project for Interdisciplinary.net.
- Regent’s University London grant to present paper at Hic Dragones conference, England.
- Regent’s University London grant to present paper at the Fifth Annual International Crime, Media & Popular Culture Studies Conference: a Cross-disciplinary Exploration, Indiana State University.
- Regent’s University London grant to present paper at the Rethinking Humanities and Social Sciences conference, Croatia.
- Regent’s University London grant to present paper at IAFOR (International Academic Forum), European Conference of Arts and Humanities, England.
- Regent’s University London grant to present paper at The Cultural Mythology of the Snuff Movie, Bournemouth University.
- Regent’s University London grant to present paper at Cine-Excess 6, Brunel University.
- Regent’s University London grant to present paper at Cine-Excess V, Brunel University.
- European Communication Research and Education Association
- International Cinephile Society
- The Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Teaching & Course Development
- History of Film, British Film, Film Adaptations, Horror and Fantasy Film Culture, Media Analysis and Literacy (including television studies, gaming culture, journalism, public relations studies, social networking and political broadcasting), Mass Communications (including critical theory and research techniques), Media Ethics, Cultural Diversity in Media, Identities in Media, Cross-Cultural Media, Dissertation support and Research
- Media Analysis and Literacy
- Identities in Media
- Horror and Fantasy Film Culture