Dr Laura Canning

Job title
Lecturer, BA(Hons) Film, BA(Hons) Television
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 currently teaches on core modules in Film (Film History & the Canon, Film Genres), and supervises dissertations on a wide variety of topics.  She also teaches Sports Television on the BA Television course. 

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 topics

culture industries
Gender and representation
Irish film and television
Media industry studies
national cinema
production studies
sports broadcasting


Areas of teaching

Film theory and history
Media Industry Studies
National cinema
Research & Methods

Courses taught

FLM170 History & the Canon
FLM240 Research & Methods
FLM150 Future Cinema