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Dr Donna Peberdy

Course Leader

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


BA (Hons), MA (Nottingham Trent University), PhD (University of Nottingham), PGCTLHE, FHEA.

Teaching and roles

Donna is a senior lecturer in film and television and the course leader for BA (Hons) Film and Television and has taught at Solent University since 2007. She is also the editor-in-chief for 'Diegesis', a critical review magazine and website written and produced by students on the film and television degree.

Units taught

  • Acting and performance.
  • The critic: screen criticism and creative analysis.
  • Final major project: dissertation.
  • Global screens: The transmedia age.
  • The review.
  • Sex on screen.

Since 2010, Donna has been a university teaching and learning fellow involved in the development of the Solent Teaching and Learning Community, which includes the annual Solent Teaching and Learning Community Conference, the Solent internal pedagogic journal, 'Dialogue' and Peer Practice Exchange.


Further information

Research interests

Donna's research interests include performance and acting, stardom and celebrity, masculinity, sexuality, Hollywood (contemporary and classical), film noir, the voice in film and popular screen criticism. She is interested in supervising potential research students wishing to explore any aspect relating to these areas.

Further information about my publications and research can be found on her Academia profile.

Recent publications


Masculinity and Film Performance: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2011).

Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversities, co-edited with Darren Kerr, London: I.B. Tauris, 2015 (forthcoming).

Guest-edited journals

Transnational Cinemas 5.2. Special issue on acting and performance (October 2014).

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

'All the World’s a Stage: Global Players and Transnational Film Performance,' Transnational Cinemas 5.2. Special issue on action and performance (October 2014).

'Narrative Trans-actions: Cloud Atlas (2012) and Multi-Role Performance in the Global Ensemble,' Transnational Cinemas 5.2. Special issue on action and performance (October 2014).

'Playing with the Self: Celebrity Autoerotic Asphyxiation,' Celebrity Studies 4.1. Special issue on sex and celebrity (2013). Co-authored with Darren Kerr.

'I’m just a character in your film’: Acting and Performance from Autism to Zissou,' New Review of Film and Television Studies 10: 1. Special Issue on Wes Anderson (March 2012).

'From Wimps to Wild Men: Bipolar Masculinity and the Paradoxical Performances of Tom Cruise,' Men & Masculinities (December 2010).

'Tongue-tied: Film and Theatre Voices in David Mamet’s Oleanna,' Screening the Past, special issue: Cinema/Theatre: Beyond Adaptation. 21. (Summer/July 2007).

Chapters in books

'Acting and Performance in Film Noir' in Andrew Spicer and Helen Hanson (eds) A Companion to Film Noir (Oxford: Blackwell, 2013).

'Male Sounds and Speech Affectations: Voicing Masculinity' in Jeff Jaeckle (ed) Film Dialogue (London: Wallflower Press, 2013).

'Michael Douglas: Contemporary Masculinity', in Anna Everett (ed) Pretty People: The Nineties (Rutgers University Press, May 2012).

Politics is theatre’: Performance, Sexuality and Milk' in Timothy Shary (ed) Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2012)

'Billy Bob Thornton”, “James Earl Jones' in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Media vol.16, edited by Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith (Mississippi: University of North Carolina Press, 2011)


Donna won the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Masculinity and Film Performance for 'Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema' in 2012.

Work in progress

Donna is currently researching the relationship between performance, gender and sexual perversities in film and television and is working on a book length study of the Oscars.