Dr Iain Robert Smith

Dr Iain Robert Smith

Senior Lecturer

Department of Media, Culture and Language


Dr Iain Robert Smith is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Roehampton, London. He is author of The Hollywood Meme: Transnational Adaptations in World Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and co-editor of the collections Transnational Film Remakes (with Con Verevis, Edinburgh University Press, 2017) and Media Across Borders (with Andrea Esser and Miguel A. Bernal Merino, Routledge, 2016). He is co-chair of the SCMS Transnational Cinemas Scholarly Interest Group and co-investigator on the AHRC-funded research network Media Across Borders.


BA (Glasgow), MA (Nottingham), PhD (Nottingham)

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Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

“Cult Cosmopolitanism: The Transnational Reception of Bollywood Cinema as Cult Object,” Transnational Cinemas 7:2 (Autumn 2016)

"Beam me up, Ömer: Transnational media flow and the cultural politics of the Turkish Star Trek remake," Velvet Light Trap No. 61 (Spring 2008)

"The Exorcist in Istanbul: Transnational processes of intercultural dialogue within Turkish Popular Cinema," Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 2008)

Short Articles and Position Papers

"Game of Thrones: Adaptation and Fidelity in an Age of Convergence," Antenna: Responses to Media & Culture (April 2015)

Bollywood B-Movies:Cult Cosmopolitanism and the Reception of Indian Genre Cinema in the West,” Frames Cinema Journal 7 (December 2014)

"Sherlock Hound and the Transnational," Alluvium Vol 1 No 3 (August 2012)

"Collecting the Trash: The Cult of the Ephemeral Clip from VHS to YouTube," FLOW: Journal of Television and New Media Vol. 14 No. 8 (Sept 2011)

"'It's a Very Curious English Thing': Failed Pilots for American Remakes of British Television," FLOW: Journal of Television and New Media Vol. 14 No. 5 (August 2011)

"Bootleg Archives: Notes on BitTorrent Communities and Issues of Access," FLOW: Journal of Television and New Media Vol. 14 No. 2 (June 2011)



The Hollywood Meme: Transnational Adaptations in World Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

Edited Collections

Co-editor with Constantine Verevis, Transnational Film Remakes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

Co-editor with Andrea Esser and Miguel Á. Bernal-Merino, Media Across Borders: Localising TV, Film and Video Games. London: Routledge, 2016.

Editor of special issue of Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies entitled 'Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworking, Transformation' No. 15 (October 2009). Also available as a downloadable eBook, ISBN: 978-0-9564641-0-1, 236 ps.

Book Chapters

“Cowboys and Indians: Transnational Borrowings in the Indian Masala Western,” Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads: Studies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation. Ed. Austin Fisher. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

“Theorizing the Global-Local Nexus through the Japanese Anime Sherlock Hound (1984),” Media Across Borders: Localising TV, Film and Video Games. Eds. Andrea Esser, Miguel Á. Bernal-Merino and Iain Robert Smith. London: Routledge, 2016.

“‘For the Dead Travel Fast’: The Transnational Afterlives of Dracula,” Transnational Film Remakes. Eds. Iain Robert Smith and Constantine Verevis. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

“Tu Mera Superman: Globalization, Cultural Exchange and the Indian Superhero,” Superheroes on World Screens. Eds. Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015. pp.113-131

“Batsploitation: Parodies, Fan Films and Remakes,” Many More Lives of the Batman. Eds. Roberta Pearson, William Uricchio, Will Brooker. London: BFI/Palgrave, 2015. pp. 107-119

“Memento in Mumbai: 'A Few More Songs and a Lot More Ass-Kicking',” Storytelling in the Media Convergence Age. Eds. Roberta Pearson and Anthony N. Smith. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. pp. 108-121

"Oldboy goes to Bollywood: Zinda (2006) and the Transnational Appropriation of South Korean Extreme Cinema,” Korean Horror Cinema. Eds. Daniel Martin and Alison Peirse. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013. pp. 187-198

"You're really a miniature Bond": Weng Weng and the transnational dimensions of cult film stardom," Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification. Eds. Kate Egan and Sarah Thomas. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. pp. 226-239


Entries on “Turkish Fantastic Cinema” and Karanlik Sular (1995) in the Directory of World Cinema: Turkey. Ed. Eylem Atakav. London: Intellect, 2012

Entries on Django (1966) and Keoma (1976) in the Directory of World Cinema: Italy. Ed. Louis Bayman. London: Intellect, 2011

Review of More Dirty Looks: Gender, Pornography and Power. Ed. Pamela Church Gibson, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, Issue 7 (Feb 2007)

Review of New Punk Cinema (Traditions in World Cinema). Ed. Nicholas Rombes, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, Issue 7 (Feb 2007)

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