I’m currently co-editing a special issue of the Celebrity Studies Journal with Lindsay Steenberg (Oxford Brookes University), focusing on contemporary film stardom. This should appear in December. Many of the essays featured in this publication will investigate the ways in which film stars are using social media in order to maintain their star images and connect with their fans. However, the themes of ageing, agency and the role of new technologies (particularly for established stars) will also form key strands running through the issue. Lindsay and I are delighted with the quality of work that has been produced for this edition of the journal, which demonstrates that film studies is not only in very robust health at the moment but also that increasing numbers of scholars are operating simultaneously within the twin fields of film studies and celebrity studies, producing some really interesting and productive work.


Where is the Star?

  1. Martin Shingler and Lindsay Steenberg, ‘Introduction: Star Studies in mid-life crisis’
  2. Sarah Thomas, ‘The Star in VR’
  3. Peter Turner, ‘Fast marketing, furious interactions: an interstellar community on Instagram’ 
  4. Dan Ward, ‘“Know Your Role”: Dwayne Johnson and the performance of contemporary stardom
  5. Mark McKenna, ‘Sylvester Stallone and the economics of the ageing film actor’
  6. Alberto Mira, ‘Controlling the narrative: On Jane Fonda’s Third Act’
  7. Moya Luckett, ‘Dakota Fanning: (good) girl star’
  8. Felicity Chaplin, ‘Stars and the off-screen spectacle of film festivals: Charlotte Gainsbourg at Cannes’
  9. Joshua Gulam, ‘Save the world with Ben and Matt: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and the importance of film texts to critical discussions of star campaigning’
  10. Donna Peberdy, ‘Sorry I couldn’t be here: performative celebrity meltdown and para-stardom’
  11. James Morrison, ‘James Franco and the queer art of failure’