Latest News

June 2018: Dean's new book, Space Sirens, Scientists and Princesses: The Portrayal of Women in Science Fiction Cinema, is now available on the McFarland website.

June 2018: Dean's latest book has been proof-read, and the index is complete. It goes to print on June 8th.

May 2018: Dean's TV documentary "Motion on Larkin" (see below), has been shortlisted in the 2018 national 'Broadcast Digital Awards'. Details here (external link).

May 2018: Dean's 'Iconic Women of Science Fiction Cinema' runs throughout May under the hastag #winsff. Join the conversation here.

April 2018: McFarland, USA, is in the late stages of editing Dean's book. He is expecting proof copies to run through and index soon.

Feb. 2018: "Motion on Larkin" (see below), has been nominated for 2 Royal Television Society (West) Awards 2018: 'Documentary Programme' and 'On-screen Talent' (Sir Andrew Motion). Details here (external link).

Some more of what Dean has been working on recently...

The Portrayal of Women in Science Fiction Cinema
A survey of female roles in the genre from 1895 to 2018.

[A television documentary series is currently in development/discussion].


Publication Date:
8th June 2018.

US Publisher link here.
UK Amazon link here.

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Book Chapter - under construction
Lab-Lit Essay

Co-written with Lynne Magowan.
Dean and Lynne are currently researching for an essay to contribute to Ace and Olga Pilkington's collection on "Lab-Lit" (Laboratory Literature). The primary subject for this chapter is the 1969 novel and 1971 film, The Andromeda Strain.


Lynne and Dean's previous collaboration here.

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Screen Projects - in developent
Further factual TV projects based on Dean's research interests are currently being discussed and developed with production companies and agencies in the UK and the US.
Dean has a number of feature screenplays in development and looking for new homes.

Documentary details here.

Screenplay details here.

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Philip Larkin Television Documentary - as Associate Producer
Motion on Larkin

Dean's project on the Hull-based poet Philip Larkin was commissioned by Sky Arts and made by Bristol-based Icon Films. A film directed by Cris Warren, and presented by Larkin's friend and literary executor, Sir Andrew Motion.

Shortlisted in the 2018 national 'Broadcast Digital Awards'.
Details here (external link).


Sky Arts, November 2017.

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Conference Presentation
"City of Cinemas: Mapping the Picture Houses of Hull"

At 'Hull: City of Cinema', hosted by the School of Drama, Music and Screen, University of Hull, in association with Hull Independent Cinema and the Media and Memory Research Institute.



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There is always something new over the horizon.
Watch this space.
  Contact Dean for details.
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