Victoria McCollum is from Coleraine (Northern Ireland) and holds a PhD in Film and a BA (Hons) in Media Arts from Ulster University, and an MA in Film Practice from Queen’s University (Belfast). She has previously held positions at the BBC and ITV in Northern Ireland, where she worked as an investigative researcher on current affairs programme Insight and as a co-producer on documentary Kings: From the Bogside to the Bright Lights.
In 2010, Victoria was selected and funded by the Irish Film Board to write, produce and direct a short film that was innovative, provocative or in some way rule-breaking. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy premiered at The 22nd Galway Film Fleadh and was screened at over 15 international film festivals in 11 different countries. The film was also selected by the Irish Film Institute to open the premiere of award-wining French drama Tomboy. Victoria is a published art photographer, broadcast filmmaker (BBC, ITV and MTV) and a US-NI selectee (a programme which elects the future business leaders and entrepreneurs of Northern Ireland). She is an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
In 2014, Victoria joined HBO, Time Warner Inc. at their headquarters in New York, developing, marketing and promoting HBO’s licensed products both within the U.S. and internationally. Victoria has been involved in events associated with the Writers Guild of America, New York Writers Workshop, Lecture Series at the MoMA and New York Film Academy. She has frequently attended pre-Oscar screenings at Tribeca Film Festival and the HBO Theater in Manhattan.
Victoria joined the School of Creative Arts and Technologies at Ulster University in 2015 as a Lecturer in Cinematic Arts. Her first book, Post-9/11 Heartland Horror: Rural Horror Films in an Era of Urban Terrorism, will be published by Ahsgate in 2016 as part of a new series dedicated to a renewed engagement with culture.
Victoria’s research centres on contemporary film, particularly horror, analysing the relationship of the genre with fears surrounding events like the global ‘War on Terror’, exploring the films’ engagement with political repercussions and the ways in which traces of traumatic events leave their mark on cultures. Her most recent work examines how horror films, including some of its most transgressive subgenres, deal with memory, ideology, and the often competing claims of nationalism, American exceptionalism and cultural sorrow.
Research Interests: Experimental Filmmaking, Gender Gaps & Holy Wars, Heartland Horror Films, Monstrous Geographies, Outlaw Country, Red State Politics, Survival Games, Terror Tracks
PhD, Film Studies, Ulster University, 2015
MA (with Distinction), Film and Visual Studies, Queen’s University, 2009
BA Honours (1st), Media Arts, Ulster University, 2007
American Popular Culture Association
Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
Irish Association of American Studies
Media, Communication & Cultural Association
The Popular Culture Association of Canada
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