Dr Laura Canning

Job title
Senior Lecturer
259237 Ext: 1403

Laura Canning joined Falmouth University in 2014, having completed her PhD - which focused on quasi-independent American cinema from 1990-2005 - at Dublin City University, where she taught subjects including film history and theory, documentary, national cinema and Irish film, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She holds a BA in Communications Studies and MA in Film and Television from that institution, and has also lectured extensively on the Boston University Study Abroad Programme, and taught at the Centre For Talented Youth, Ireland. 

At Falmouth, she holds the role of Course Coordinator (BA Film) and currently teaches on core modules in Film (Film History & the Canon, Film Genres) and manages the Dissertation programme. 

Laura has long had an interest in broadcast media, and produced and presented a long-running weekly film show on Dublin radio, focusing on independent, art-house and international cinema. She has also been a regular contributor to the Irish national broadcaster on media-related topics. She is also a keen sports fan (and rugby fanatic).


YearQualificationAwarding body
Dublin City University
Dublin City University
Dublin City University

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Doctoral dissertation:  Smart cinema as trans-generic mode: a study of industrial transgression and assimilation 1990-2005. This was an industrial history of quasi-independent cinema 1990-2005, and an expansion of pre-existing definitions of Smart cinema. It explored ideas of genre, cult, prestige, 'independence' and auteurism, and traced narrative, thematic and aesthetic preoccupations within the field as they evolved within specific industrial and sociocultural contexts.  

Research interests include: media industry studies (in particular the industrial and textual links between Smart cinema and 'quality' American television of the 1990s and 2000s, and 'prestige mechanisms' (awards systems)) genre theory and generic transitions, gender and representation, representations of Irishness in international culture.

Interested in offering supervision in any areas of film theory and industry, media industry studies, gender and representation, national identity in culture, or related areas outside of film.

Research Programme Affiliations

Research topics

Media industry studies
production studies
Gender and representation
national and transnational cinema
Irish film and television

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Book Chapter

Canning, Laura (2018) The "Smart" Teen Film: Identity Crisis, Nostalgia and the Teenage Viewpoint. In: Rethinking Genre in Contemporary Global Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, pp. 121-133. ISBN 978-3-319-90133-6

Conference or Workshop Item

Canning, Laura and Sweeney, Sheamus (2015) Not Your Feminist Daddy. In: Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, June 18-20 2015, Cornwall. (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.
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Areas of teaching

Film theory and history
Media Industry Studies
National cinema

Courses taught

FLM170 History & the Canon
FLM201 Film Genres
FLM150 Future Cinema
FLM311 Dissertation 1: Development
FLM313 Dissertation 2: Final Project