Biog.

Born in England, Dean has lived and worked across various territories. He has taught a range of English and drama related subjects - both academic and practical. He writes largely in the field of cinema, the subject of his latest book, and he currently has other publication projects at the planning stage. He also has screen dramas and documentaries in development with producers worldwide.

Links to Dean's current and recent projects can be found here.


Teaching
For more than 25 years, Dean has worked with British and overseas students aged from 6 to 92, in postgraduate through to primary education, at schools, colleges and universites in the UK and the US. After leaving a full-time post as a Head of Drama at an independent school in the UK, he continued to teach academic English, study skills, creative writing, English as a foreign language, theatre, film, drama and TV production in various settings - including through his 14 years teaching script writing at the Universiity of Hull, as a private mathematics tutor, and for his own companies, Scene Cinema Ltd. / Melissi. More teaching experience details can be found here.

In 2003, Dean co-founded the media-in-education company Scene Cinema Ltd. (SCL) with screenwriter Jim Hawkins. They worked with many organisations to develop and deliver media projects for Degree, BTec and Diploma, as well as courses of study for 'gifted and talented' students, 'special needs' students, young offenders and teachers. SCL also produced award-winning boardgames (designed by Dean) under its imprint Ludorum Games.

In 2010, SCL acquired the rights to the Melissi Digital Classroom, the world's first fully-digital language-learning lab (designed by Jim). As Education Director, Dean has worked with many language lecturers and students to develop effective audio-visual language teaching and learning resources. Melissi and its progeny are now used to help teachers deliver language classes in education, government and military institutions around the world. Dean is no longer a Scene Cinema / Melissi director, but he and Jim have continued to work together on projects (including this one).

Academic Research and Writing

Dean followed a first degree in Drama with his first publication (a book on Star Wars) in 1996, and then a PhD at the University of Hull, UK. He earned his doctorate with a thesis on 'women in science fiction film' in 1999. His research and teaching interests have included American and British cinema, television and theatre, science fiction film, cinema exhibition - especially the picture palaces of the 1920s and '30s, Japanese traditional theatre, and histories of science and space travel. Further project research and study has taken in various historical figures, including: William Fox, Buddy Holly, Jane Austen, George Bernard Shaw, W.G. Grace and WWI nurse, Edith Cavell.

Details of Dean's published writing can be found here. Until 2018, he was on the editorial team for the UK-based journal, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. His latest book, Space Sirens, Scientists and Princesses: The Portrayal of Women in Science Fiction Cinema, was published worldwide by McFarland (US) in June 2018.

Screen Projects
A number of Dean's drama screenplays, documentary scripts and project proposals are currently under option. He is working with production companies, broadcasters, fellow producers and writers in the UK, the US, Canada, Japan and elsewhere to develop his projects. His documentary on Philip Larkin (featuring former British poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion) was comissioned by Sky Arts and produced by Icon Films. It was first broadcast in November 2017.

Interests
Dean is a long-time subscriber to the British magazines, New Scientist and Sight & Sound, and he travels to new places as often as he can (or not at all during the pandemic). He likes gin, cycling and sushi. In November 2019, he tried a vegan diet for one month and was so impressed with its effects on his health that he kept going. Almost two years in, he wonders whether he will ever be tempted by sushi again. Meanwhile, he has been deepening his love of other Japanese culture by learning the language, and is planning a cycling tour of the country to help his studies. So for those in the know: ここまで読んでくださってありがとうございました。

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More details can be found at:
Dean's LinkedIn profile here.
Dean's IMDb profile here.
More details on Dean's IMDb Pro profile here.

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