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Personal Information
Name Rockett, Kevin
College Address Drama,
Beckett Centre 202-205 Pearse St.
Main Department Drama
College Title Professor
E-mail krockett@tcd.ie
College Tel +353 1 896 1437
Web http://people.tcd.ie/krockett
Fax +353 1 679 3488
 
Biography
Dr Kevin Rockett is a Professor in Film Studies in the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College. He was made a Fellow of the College in 2004, and was Head of School during 2006-09. A former Chairman of the Irish Film Institute (1984 - 91), he taught film studies at University College Dublin before moving to Trinity College in 2000. Among his responsibilities as Trinity College Head of School was the strategic development of the newly-formed (2006) School of Drama, Film and Music. He has also been responsible for film policy development.During 2010-12, he is the School's Director of Research. Since joining Trinity College, he has been involved in the introduction of Film Studies as a Two Subject Moderatorship degree subject, the first specialist undergraduate film studies degree in the Republic of Ireland, and which began in 2003, and had its first cohort of graduates in 2007. He also helped plan the introduction of the M. Phil in Film Theory and History, which was introduced in 2006/07. He is also director of the Trinity College-based Irish Film & TV Research Online (www.tcd.ie/Irishfilm), a major research tool for such research. A specialist in all areas of Irish film history and of the representations of the Irish in world cinema, his D.Phil from the University of Ulster was entitled 'Cinema in Ireland: A Study of Production, Distribution, Exhibition and Censorship' (1989). He is author, co-author, or editor of thirteen books, including 'Cinema and Ireland' (1987), 'Neil Jordan: Exploring Boundaries' (2003), the award-winning 'Irish Film Censorship: A Cultural Journey from Silent Cinema to Internet Pornography' (2004), and, in 2011 (with co-author Emer Rockett), 'Magic lantern, Panorama and Moving Picture Shows in Ireland, 1786–1909' and 'Film Exhibition and Distribution in Ireland, 1909–2010'. 'Cinema and Ireland' was the first book to offer a fully contextualised and (almost) exhaustive history of Irish cinema and its representations. A germinal text, it has been referred to by subsequent film researchers as ‘the pioneering work’ or as ‘seminal’. In recognition of its value to Irish diaspora studies Prof. Rockett's 'The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films 1896 - 1996' was launched by President Mary Robinson, while film-maker Bob Quinn described it as 'An extraordinary opus ... Rockett is an excellent and painstaking scholar. Never before has anybody attempted to document in one volume every film ever made in or about Ireland. ... The amount of detail he has unearthed is no less than stupendous. ... The nearest literary analogy I can think of is Dineen's Irish Dictionary.' Irish Film & TV Research Online (www.tcd.ie/Irishfilm), developed during 2003–06, has documented 40,000 Irish film and television productions. Three other projects have since been added to the website: an extensive bibliography of Irish film and television writings (2009); the IRCHSS-funded 'Irish film censors records' (2008-10); and 'Irish Silent Films', a series of fiction films made in Ireland during 1910-15, released on the site in 2011. 'Irish Film Censorship', which was the focus of much media interest and debate, was described as ‘magisterial’ (Hugh Linehan, 'Irish Times'), ‘monumental’ (RTE Radio 1), ‘meticulous’ (Luke Gibbons, 'Irish Times'), and ‘fascinating’ (Kim Bielenberg, Irish Independent). He was the initiator in 2003 of the Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar in association with the University of Ulster, Coleraine. This annual conference of film studies Ph.D. students alternated during 2003–08 between Trinity College and the University of Ulster, and was the recipient of significant funding from the Higher Education Authority under the North South Programme for Collaborative Research. As part of this support, four volumes of the proceedings of the Seminar were published in volumes co-edited by Prof. Rockett.
 
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
Doctor of Philosophy University of Ulster D. Phil. Cinema in Ireland: A Study of Production, Distribution, Exhibition and Censorship 1989
 
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Member, Irish Film Institute 1979 Present
 
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Fellow, Trinity College Dublin 2004
Irish Film Institute Award for Contribution to Irish Film 2001
Honorary Member, Irish Film Institute 1992
Master in Arts (jure officii), Trinity College Dublin 2004
Full member, Irish Film and Television Academy 2010
 
Education Details
School/College Date From Date To
University of Ulster 1986 1989
 
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups Description of Role Date From Date To
Institute for International Integration Studies
 
Description of Research Interests
Irish film in all its aspects: its history, representations, and national film production policy, as well as the cinemas of the Irish diaspora.Developing research interests include pre-cinema visual culture, especially the histories of the magic lantern and the panorama.
 
Research Interests
Architecture Cinema/Video Cultural History Digital Television
Journalism Literary Criticism Media Arts Photography
Radio Television Theatre/Film Criticism Twentieth Century History
Visual Arts
 
Research Projects
Project title Irish Film & TV Research Online (www.tcd.ie/Irishfilm)
Summary This is a complementary project to Prof. Kevin Rockett's 'The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films 1896 - 1996', published in 1996. It has documented almost 40,000 fiction and non-fiction films, as well as newsreel and animated films, made in Ireland and about the Irish produced worldwide since the beginnings of cinema to 2007, and includes both cinema and television productions. The project drew on the archive records of RTE, TG4, BBC, ITV, the Irish Film Archive, and film production companies. Three other projects have since been added to the website: a bibliography of Irish film and television writings; Irish film censors' records, 1923–38; and nine restored Irish silent films made during 1910–15.
Funding Agency Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences; Irish Film Board
Programme Major Grants Scheme
Type of Project Film archive research
Date from 2003
Date to 2007
Person Months 48


Project title Researching Irish film history
Summary This was a collaborative venture between Film Studies at Trinity College, led by Prof. Kevin Rockett, and the School of Media & Performing Arts, University of Ulster, Coleraine led by Prof. John Hill, and from 2005 administered at Coleraine by Prof. Martin McLoone. The support received included; 1. Funding of three Irish film studies Ph.D. students for three years, two of whom are based at Trinity College and one at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. 2. Support for the annual Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar and associated film research workshops. 3. Support for the publication of four volumes of the proceedings of the Film Research Seminar.
Funding Agency Higher Education Authority
Programme North South Programme for Collaborative Research
Type of Project Research
Date from 2003
Date to 2007
Person Months 108


 
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Kevin Rockett, Luke Gibbons, John Hill, Cinema and Ireland, second, London/ New York, Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2014, 1 - 144pp
Notes: [Republication of the 1988 Routledge edition, with postscript, of the foundational text of Irish film studies as part of Routledge's 'Library Editions: Cinema'. Originally published in 1987 by Croom Helm. The authors contributed separate chapters to the volume.]
Kevin Rockett and Emer Rockett, Magic Lantern, Panorama and Moving Picture Shows in Ireland, 1786–1909, First, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2011, 1 - 403pp
John Hill and Kevin Rockett, editors, Film History and National Cinema, first, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2005, 1 - 176pp
Notes: [Selected proceedings of the second Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar; co-edited with John Hill]
Kevin Rockett, Irish Film Censorship: A Cultural Journey from Silent Cinema to Internet Pornography , First, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2004, 1 - 496pp
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Kevin Rockett, Luke Gibbons and John Hill, Cinema and Ireland, second, London, Routledge, 1987, v - 293pp
Notes: [This edition is a slighlty amended and updated version of the first edition which was published by Croom Helm in 1987. Kevin Rockett contributed five of the book's seven chapters (pp. 1 - 144) under the general rubric of 'History, Politics and Irish Cinema'.]
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