Matthew Alford

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Research interests

Matthew Alford's PhD thesis applied Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model to contemporary Hollywood and his subsequent research similarly concerns the representation of Western exceptionalism.

He teaches on a range of subjects - Film & Media, International Relations, and British & American politics - and is a Fellow of the HEA.

Dr. Alford's first documentary feature film, The Writer with No Hands, followed his investigation into the disappearance of a Hollywood screenwriter.  It premiered in 2014 at Hot Docs, Toronto and received three wins and a dozen nominations at festivals worldwide.  The stage adaptation of the associated novel is in the Edinburgh Fringe festival programme for 2020. 

Alford's second documentary, Theatres of Command:  The Military Occupation of Hollywood is distributed worldwide by the Media Education Foundation in Massachusetts.  The film is based on his co-authored book National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood and it draws on his research trip to the Department of Defense's film archive in Washington DC.  

Dr. Alford has provided classes and guest talks elsewhere, notably at New York University, University of Bristol, University of Portsmouth - and also at the University of Birmingham, where he had previously received a Masters with distinction in History, Film and Television. 

He recently co-authored the book Union Jackboot:  What Your Media and Professors Won't Tell You About British Foreign Policy.  His first book was published by Pluto Press in 2010 and later translated into Chinese and French.

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

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Hollywood Arts & Humanities
Writer Arts & Humanities
Propaganda Arts & Humanities
Government Arts & Humanities
Drama Arts & Humanities
Cinema Arts & Humanities
Remembering Arts & Humanities
Accidents Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2009 2019

How the Western media support state terror – while millions die

Alford, M., Jul 2019, Peace News.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

As Childish Gambino shows, pop music can be powerfully political – despite censorship

Alford, M., 18 May 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

A Screen Entertainment Propaganda Model

Alford, M., 25 Oct 2018, The Propaganda Model Today: Filtering Perception and Awareness. Pedro-Caranana, J., Broudy, D. & Klaehn, J. (eds.). London: University of Westminster Press, p. 145-158 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access