Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries


Penny Chalk

  • Role Title: Student Recruitment Officer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5736
  • Email: penny.chalk@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Film Studies in 2012 and Master’s degree in Film and Television Studies in 2013 from the University of Portsmouth, I have been studying for a PhD in Adaptations during the Hollywood Studio Era. I have taught at the University of Portsmouth since 2012, as a demonstrator in the school of Creative Technologies on the units Introduction to Film Studies and TV and Film Scripting, and as a lecturer in the School of Media and Performing Arts on the unit Adaptations: Film and Television for Level 5 students.

I am also a student recruitment officer for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.


With interests in popular culture, film, literature, and history, my research centres on investigating the production of texts during the Hollywood Studio Era that used nineteenth century British literature as their source material. This includes the use of Gothic literature in the Universal Horror series, MGM prestige pictures that cashed in on the cultural capital of Charles Dickens and the appropriation of Sherlock Holmes for political propaganda during the Second World War.  

So far my research has taken me to New York where I undertook archival research on theatre adaptations of Sherlock Holmes at both the New York Public Library and the Library for Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center. The findings of this visit were delivered at a Conference in the Creative and Cultural Industries Faculty in 2014. Following this I was invited to give a Public lecture on the adaptations of Holmes at the Chichester New Park Cinema.