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Dr Samantha Colling

Lecturer (Film and Media), Research Degrees Development Tutor

Dr Samantha Colling

Samantha Colling is a lecturer in Film and Media and has been teaching in the field for more than ten years.

She completed her PhD, which explored the relationships between film, pleasure, and affect, at The Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design, her Masters in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, and her BA (Hons) Drama at the University of Hull.

As well as working for the Film and Media department at Manchester School of Art, Samantha also works with Postgraduate PhD and Masters students in the Arts and Humanities Graduate School as the Research Degrees Development Tutor.

Samantha has recently completed a book for Bloomsbury, based on her PhD thesis, titled 'The Aesthetic Pleasures of Girl Teen Film' (2017). The book explores new ways of thinking about pleasure and fun in relation to film, with a particular focus on millennial girl teen films and the kinds of affects that they are designed to create. She is especially interested in pushing Affect Film Theory in directions that have so far been neglected.


Creating Our Future Histories

This collaborative project with community organisation Dance Manchester combined qualitative research and creative co-production to examine the impact of STRIDE - a Dance Manchester project developed to engage young men in dance - on the lives of the boys involved. The output of this research included a short film co-produced with Dance Manchester. Details…


A selection of recent research outputs.


Colling, SC., 2015. Research in Translation, School of Museum studies, University of Leicester, 16/6/2015.


The Aesthetic Pleasures of Girl Teen Film

Colling, S., 2017. 'The Aesthetic Pleasures of Girl Teen Film', Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Book Chapters

Colling, S., 2016. 'The Pleasures of Music Video Aesthetics in Girl Teen Film'. In Fiona Handyside, Kate Taylor-Jones (eds.) International Cinema and the Girl: Local Issues, Transnational Contexts, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Colling, SC., 2016. 'The Pleasures of Music Video Aesthetics in Girl Teen Film'. In International Cinema and the Girl Local Issues, Transnational Contexts, Springer.


Colling, SC., 2015. 'Creating Our Future Histories - Dance Manchester'.

Journal Articles

Colling, SC., 2016. 'The pleasures of muscular bonding in Bring It On and Pitch Perfect', New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 14 (2), pp. 143-150.

Conference Papers

Colling, SC., 2018. 'Pleasure and obscenity in Hairspray (1988; 2007)', When the Music Takes Over. Musical Numbers in Film and Television, University of Salzburg, 8/3/2018 - 10/3/2018.

Colling, SC., 2017. 'Girlhood, Hollywood and Pleasure', ASAP9: The Arts of The Present, University of California, Berkeley, 26/10/2017 - 28/10/2017.

Colling, SC., 2013. ''Girlhood and Girl Teen Film'', Postgraduate Research in Progress: Reflecting on the Impact of Gender in Research, University of Liverpool.

Colling, SC., 2013. 'Spectacles of the Everyday: music video aesthetics and girl teen film'', Console-ing Passions: International conference on television, audio, video, new media and feminism, De Montfort University.

Colling, SC., 2012. ''Cinderella's Pleasures: the double coding of girl teen film'', 8th European Feminist Research Conference, Central European University, Budapest.

Colling, SC., 2012. ''Music Video Aesthetics'', 1st Global Conference: teenagers and contemporary visual culture, University of Oxford, 26/9/2012 - 27/10/2017.