Joseph A. Gomez was raised on “B” westerns of the late 1940s and 1950s. During his teenage years, he spent much of his time socializing in movie theaters. All of this changed in 1959 when he accidentally wandered into a screening of Tony Richardson’s Look Back in Anger. From that point on, he became a serious viewer of films and wrote his first film review for his high school literary magazine.
Joe studied English literature at SUNY at Albany and the University of Rochester, where his Ph.D. thesis was the first in the English department to deal with film and literature. During his career as a teacher and film scholar, he focused on post-1945 British film and subversive film as art. He taught the first “Film and Literature” course offered at Temple University and was the Founding Director of the Film Studies Program at both Wayne State University and North Carolina State University. He is presently Professor Emeritus of English and Film at North Carolina State.
In 1973, he met Peter Watkins, and their friendship has flourished to the present day. He is the author of Peter Watkins (Twayne Publishers) and a number of articles and two DVD commentaries about the films of Mr. Watkins. He is also the author of Ken Russell: The Adaptor as Creator (Frederick Muller Ltd. and Pergamon Press) and of numerous articles published in such journals as Film Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Velvet Light Trap, History and Film, Film Criticism, Film Heritage, Movie Maker and The Journal of Popular Film.