Dr Martin Hall


I am particularly interested in art-film history with my research centring on art, poetics and independence in the cinema. I am a keen rock climber and mountaineer, and my current work is focussed on climbing and mountaineering documentaries.

Top Three Texts

This is always such a difficult question. The album I have been listening to the most recently has been Small Change by Tom Waits from 1976. The Price of Salt (1952)by Patricia Highsmith is the best book I have read in the last few years and I have a compulsion to watch The Big Lebowski (1998, The Coen Bros.) every couple of months because it is one of those films that just gets better each time.

Guilty Pleasure

My guilty pleasure (although I don’t feel guilty about it) is watching David Frankel’s The Devil Wears Prada based on Lauren Weisberger’s novel (also a great pleasure to read!).

Something you might not know about me…

I enjoy knitting and make sweaters and cardigans for myself and my son.

Selected Publications

Hall, M ed (2021) Women in the Work of Woody Allen. London: Amsterdam University Press

‘A poet who climbed or a climber who writes poetry: The Poetry of cinema and movement in the Rock Climbing documentary’ (forthcoming) in Keith Marley ed. The Art of Fact: The Place of Poetics Within Documentary Filming, Cambridge Scholars.

Hall, M (2020) ‘Khaki-tinted glasses: Nostalgia and memory at wartime in TV’s M*A*S*H’ in The Journal of Popular Television