José Díaz-Cuesta is a permanent senior lecturer in Film Studies at the University of La Rioja (Spain). A graduate in English Studies from the University of Oviedo, he completed his Master of Arts in Film Studies at the University of Valladolid, and his doctorate at the University of La Rioja. His teaching and research interests are mainly in Anglo-American and Irish literature, and film and the relationships between both disciplines. He is particularly interested in the representation of masculinities and satire in film. Most of his research has focused on the works of Steven Spielberg. He has also written on Francis Ford Coppola, Ken Loach, Roger Donaldson and Bill Anderson. He also teaches English as a foreign language to undergraduate students and has lectured on contemporary Spanish film to foreign students. He has directed and produced several short films, mainly as part of some of the courses he is and has been teaching. He is currently pondering the possibility of making a low-budget feature film.