Emma James explores social and cultural questions raised by Guillermo del Toro’s 2001 film, El espinazo del diablo (The Devil’s Backbone).
About the Presenter
I did four A-Levels English Literature, Media Studies, History, and Psychology. I went on to Aberystwyth University, which is on the very West coast of Wales – go any further and you will fall in the Irish Sea! I studied Film Studies, with a few optional English Literature modules as well.
I initially wanted to be a film director but discovered I had very little talent for it so I played my strengths and focused on writing academically. I then applied to do a Masters at De Montfort University (Leicester) in Adaptations, (film and literature studies) and was accepted. My MA dissertation was on vampire myths in modern popular culture. Following this I got a scholarship at Leicester University to do a PhD.
I am currently finishing my three years of research in to post-apocalyptic films as myths in American culture. Not sure what the next step will be – but I’ve agreed to teach a module on Disney at DMU next term.