Virginia Crisp


Virginia Crisp is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Coventry University, UK and author of Film Distribution in the Digital Age (2015). She is also the co-editor (with Dr Gabriel Menotti Gonring) of Besides the Screen: Moving Images through Distribution, Promotion and Curation (2015) and the principal investigator on the AHRC funded International Network Grant, Besides the Screen. Virginia has a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London and is one of the founding members and co-organisers of the Besides the Screen Network ( A network that brings together academics, filmmakers, artists and industry professionals from across the globe to consider the transformation of audiovisual media practices. The AHRC Networking Grant attached to the project has provided funding for events in the UK and Brazil (hosted jointly by the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES). Virginia is also a member of the Piracy Lab (, an international research network concerned with analysing the way media piracy affects contemporary society.

My research concerns the changing modes and mechanisms of media distribution: both legal/illegal and formal/informal. I am particularly interested in how issues of access, ownership, participation and control are enacted within both traditional and new media contexts. My monograph, Film Distribution in the Digital Age: Pirates and Professionals (Palgrave: 2015), investigates the relationship between formal and informal methods of film distribution with a particular focus on film piracy.


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Crisp, Virginia (Forthcoming, 2017) ‘Access and Power: Film Distribution, Re-intermediation and Piracy’ in Paul Cooke, Stephanie Dennison and Alexander Marlow-Mann, eds. Routledge Companion to the Mapping World Cinema Series, London: Routledge.

Crisp, Virginia (Forthcoming, 2017) ‘New Gatekeepers?: Power and Influence in Online Film Filesharing Forums’ In Stefano Baschiera and Alexander Fisher, eds. World Cinema On Demand: Global Film Cultures in the Era of Online Distribution, Bristol: Intellect

Crisp, Virginia (Forthcoming 2016) ‘Disingenuous Intermediaries: Expanding Definitions of Film Distribution’ In Gabriel Menotti, Patricia Moran and Marcos Bastos, eds. Cinema Apesar da Imagem

Crisp, Virginia and McCulloch, Richard (Forthcoming, May 2016) ‘Sing-a-longs and Cinephiles: Exhibition and Contemporary Cult Audiences at the Prince Charles Cinema’ Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, Special themed issue – Inside-the-scenes: The rise of experiential cinema 13 (1)

Crisp, Virginia (2015) Pirates and Professionals: Film Distribution in the Digital Age, London: Palgrave – ebook –

Crisp, Virginia and Gabriel Menotti Gonring (2015) Besides the Screen: Moving Images through Distribution, Promotion and Curation, London: Palgrave – ebook –

Crisp, Virginia (2014) ‘To Name A Thief: Constructing the Deviant Pirate’ in Martin Fredriksson and James Arvanitakis eds. Piracy: Leakages from Modernity, Los Angeles, CA: Litwin Books – chapter – 

Crisp, Virginia (2013) ‘The Piratical is Political: Why We Should All (Still) Pay Attention to Debates about Piracy’ Soundings, Issue 55, Autumn 2013. – post-print –

Crisp, Virginia and Jon Hickman, Stephanie Janes and Richard McCulloch (2013) ‘Of Proprietors and Poachers: Fandom as Negotiated Brand Ownership’ Participations, 10 (1).

Crisp, Virginia (2012) ‘BLOODY PIRATES!!! *shakes fist*’: Re-imagining East Asian Film Distribution & Reception through Online Filesharing Networks Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 3 (1). – post-print –