Clara Bradbury-Rance is a film scholar, critic and teacher based in London. She works primarily on contemporary lesbian, queer and trans cinema and screen cultures. She is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Sexuality Studies at King's College London and has a PhD in Screen Studies from the University of Manchester.
Clara’s book Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory was published by Edinburgh University Press and translated into Spanish by Osífragos (both 2019). The book’s key arguments are introduced and discussed in an interview with Clara for Lamda Literary.
She has published widely on feminist and queer film and media, including essays on lesbian visibility, citational practice, Netflix and queer taste, cinephilia, queer adolescence, adaptation, feminist pedagogies, postfeminism, the lesbian sex scene and the work of filmmakers such as Dee Rees, Lisa Cholodenko and Céline Sciamma.
She is currently working on two new book projects: a personal study of ambivalent masculinities in contemporary screen cultures, and a BFI classic on Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
Clara’s academic work has appeared in the journals Camera Obscura, French Screen Studies, Feminist Media Studies, MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture, Feminist Pedagogy, Feminist Theory and the New Review of Film and Television Studies. Her film reviews and criticism are regularly published by CineVue, Club des Femmes and Sight and Sound magazine.
Clara has been invited to speak on her research at the Universities of Warwick, St Andrews, Essex, LSE, Stirling, UCL, Queen Mary and Westminster (UK), Leuphana (Germany), Gothenburg (Sweden), Monash (Australia), Michigan and Mount Holyoke (USA), Le Mans and Sciences Po (France) and the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla and the Facultad de Cine (Mexico). In February-March 2023, she was a visiting fellow of the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) at the University of Sydney and part of the faculty of the inaugural Hunt-Simes Institute in Sexuality Studies. She has been on the board of the research centre Queer@King's since 2017.
Clara has collaborated with UK organisations including the British Film Institute, the Rio, the London Feminist Film Festival, BFI Flare, Critical Sexology, ParaPride, POUTfest, Screen 25, Arrow Films, StudioCanal, the Barbican, Club des Femmes, Curzon Soho, the LGBT Foundation, Queer Contact Festival and HOME. International collaborations include the China Women's Film Festival and MIC Género and the Cineteca Nacional (Mexico).
She teaches on the BA Liberal Arts and MA Global Cultures programmes at King's. Her module Queer and Trans Screen Cultures is open to students from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Clara has given up on social media but feel free to email her on clara.bradbury-rance [at] kcl.ac.uk