Darren was a graduate of media and cultural studies before completing his MA in film and fiction at De Montfort University. It was there he lectured in English, film and television, was the convenor for the English and media research seminar series and went on to join the editorial board of the University's research news magazine, 'Research Matters'.
Darren came to Solent to help launch and develop the existing BA (Hons) Film and Television degree, for which he became the course leader, and to lecture on the BA (Hons) Film Studies degree. His teaching covers topics of horror, science-fiction, cult film and television and sex on screen as well as screen adaptation and contemporary British film and television.
Darren's research interests include adaptations from classic literature to the graphic novel, matters of screen violence, cult film, British horror and pornography.
As a scholar Darren has published interviews with keynote speakers celebrating the International Centenary of Shakespeare on Screen ('Early Modern Literary Studies', 2000), articles on adaptation ('Screen Methods', 2006), pornography ('Peepshows', 2009) and is co-editor of a forthcoming collection looking at sex on screen ('Hard to Swallow', 2010).
He has also been a speaker at international conferences including 'Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness'(Prague), 'Cine-Excess' , 'Authenticity and Adaptation' 'A Symposium on Violence' (NY State, New York). Darren has also been an invited speaker on the first cult film MA degree at Brunel and is a reviewer for the journal 'Sexualities'.
Darren is currently completing his PhD on violence in Shakespeare on screen and is the convenor for the film and television research seminar series that has attracted guest speakers from New Zealand and the U.S.