Research Title: Cinema-going in the 1960s: An immersive experience
After having completed a BA (Hons) in Drama, an MA in Screen Studies and a PhD, all at the University of Manchester, Dr Matthew Jones became a Research Associate on UCL’s AHRC-funded ‘Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going on the 1960s’ project. In 2014, he came to De Montfort University to lecture in cinema and television history.
He is a specialist on mid-century British cinema and television audiences, film and TV genres, Cold War culture, and memory. He is currently working on two monographs, one on the British reception contexts of science fiction cinema in the 1950s and one, co-authored with Professor Melvyn Stokes (UCL) and Dr Emma Pett (UEA), on memories of cinema-going in the 1960s.
Using memories contributed to this latter project by members of the public, collected over a period of three years, Dr Jones is currently in the process of producing an immersive theatre experience that will recreate the experience of a night at the cinema in the 1960s. He hopes that this will allow audiences to learn first-hand about the place of cinema within the social and cultural history of 1960s Britain.