School of Communications

Prof Patrick Brereton

School of Communications

Name: Prof Patrick Brereton
Department: School of Communications
Work Area: School of Communications (Glasnevin Campus)
Role: Head of School
Phone Number: Ext. 5440
Email Address:
Room: C142A

Biographical Details

Worked as 'project Engineer' with Ericsson for 4 years - having left Ireland with an Arts Degree. Then moved fulltime into Education working at Northampton College and Luton University - before moving back home to DCU.

Research Interests

Film Ecology New Media Creative Writing


  • ECREA - European Communications Research Association
  • SCMS: Film and Televsion International association



    Peer Reviewed Journals

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  • Brereton, Pat [with Robert Furze]. 2015. Transcendence and the Tree of Life: Beyond the Face of the Screen with Terrence Malick, Emmanuel Levinas and Roland Barthes. JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION, NATURE AND CULTURE (PRINT), 8, 3, pp329-351.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2015. Smart New Audiences: A Pilot Study (DVD Bonus Features - a new form of Cineaste Experience!). QUARTERLY REVIEW OF FILM AND VIDEO, 32,, pp367-383.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2014. Ecocinema, Sustainability and Africa: A reading of Out of Africa, The Constant Gardener and District 9. JOURNAL OF AFRICAN CINEMAS (PRINT), vol 5, 2, pp219-235.
  • Brereton, Pat [& Pat Hong]. 2014. Audience Responses to Environmental Fiction and non-fiction Films. INTERSECTIONS: THE JOURNAL OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE, 4, 2, pp171-199.
  • Brereton, Pat [and Eileen Culloty. 2012. Post 9/11 Counterterrorism in Popular Culture: the spectacle and reception of The Bourne Ultimatum and 24. CRITICAL STUDIES ON TERRORISM, 5 (3), 3, pp483-497.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2011. Media Representations of Nature and Suicide in Irish Film: A reading of Disco Pigs, On the Edge and Garage. REA: RELIGION, EDUCATION AND THE ARTS, 8, pp28-46.
  • Brereton P. 2011. An Ecological Approach to the Cinema of Peter Weir. QUARTERLY REVIEW OF FILM AND VIDEO, 28.1, Jan 2011, pp120-134.
  • Brereton P. 2010. Conference Review: MIT6, Stone and Papyrus: Storage and Transmission. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, 16, 2, pp245-252.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2010. Postmodern Science Fiction and Ecology [Postmodernistyczne kino fantastycznonaukowe a ekologia]. PANOPTIKUM, no9, 16, pp30-55.
  • Brereton, Pat and Michael Higgins. 2010. Editorial to special issue of Cultural Studies on Ireland. JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES, 24 no.6,
  • Brereton, Pat and Phelan, Sean. 2010. Neither With You or Against You: Irish Cultural Representations of America after September 11. JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES, 24 no. 6, , pp851-867.
  • McDonagh P, Brereton P. 2010. Screening Not Greening: An Ecological Reading of the Greatest Business Movies. JOURNAL OF MACROMARKETING, , pp1-14.
  • Brereton P. 2009. Branding Irish Cinema: Reflections upon Celtic Consumer Society and Social Change in Dublin. IRISH MARKETING REVIEW (PRINT), 20, 2, pp27-39.
  • Brereton P. 2009. Poverty and Environment in Films set in Africa. MEDIA DEVELOPMENT, 2, 2, pp57-61.
  • Brereton P. 2009. Hollywood Representations of Irish Journalism: A Case Study of Veronica Geurin. IRISH COMMUNICATIONS REVIEW, 11, , pp104-114.
  • Pat Brereton. 2008. Religion and Irish cinema in studies. STUDIES, 97,
  • Pat Brereton. 2008. Ireland's America: a case study of Sheridan's In America (2002) and Get Rich or Die Tryin (2005). STUDIES IN EUROPEAN CINEMA, 5,
  • Brereton P. 2008. Religion and Irish Cinema. STUDIES, 97, 387, pp321-332.
  • Brereton P. 2008. Ireland's America: a case study of Sheridan's In America (2002) and Get Rich or Die Tryin (2005). STUDIES IN EUROPEAN CINEMA, 5, 1, pp45-53.
  • Pat Brereton. 2007. Editorial: The consumption and use of DVDs and their add-ons. CONVERGENCE (ONLINE), 13,
  • Brereton P. 2007. editorial. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, 13, number 2, pp115-117.
  • Brereton P, O'Connor B. 2007. Pleasure and Pedagogy: The Consumption of DVD Add-ons Among Irish Teenagers. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH INTO NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, 13, 2, pp143-156.
  • Pat Brereton. 2006. Nature tourism and Irish film. 14,, pp407-420.
  • Brereton, P. 2006. New Media - New Pleasure?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES (PRINT), 9, 1, pp63-82.
  • Brereton, P. 2006. Nature, Tourism and Irish Film. IRISH STUDIES REVIEW (PRINT), 14, 4, pp407-420.
  • Brereton, P. 2001. Aesthetics and Ecology: Utopianism and Fascist Aesthetics - An appreciation of 'Nature' in Documentary/Fiction Film. , pp33-50.

  • Non-Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Brereton, Pat. 2012. British-Irish Representations on TV, Beyond the Troubles: A Case study of EastEnders and Father Ted. MEJ: Media Educaitonal Journal, pp4-7.
  • Dr pat brereton. 2012. Editorial of special Irish issue of MEJ. pp2-3.
  • Dr pat brereton. 2009. . Media Education Journal, 10, pp36-37.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2009. Documentary Realism and Fundamentalist Religion in Ireland. REA: Religion, Education and the Arts, , pp1-16.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2009. Bertie: The TV series. www. Spanish/Irish media review, ,
  • Pat Brereton. 2008. Classic Irish Films and their Diasporic Audiences: DVD extras as Source Material. MEJ Media Education Journal, , pp7-13.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2008. Religion on Television Review., ,
  • Brereton, Pat. 2007. Busting the Boom: The Tiger's Tail and the Pope's Children., ,
  • Brereton, Pat. 2007. Ecology and Film. Echidistante Journal published by European Institute Press in Romania, 2 (50), pp195-204.
  • Pat Brereton. 2004. War Movies: Post 9/11. Left Curve see, no 28 Spring issue, pp57-65.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2004. The Sublime in Hollywood Film: Promoting an Ecological Agenda!. Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, *, pp1-15.


  • Brereton, Pat. Environmental Ethics and Film, Earthscan Routledge, 2015.
  • Furze, Robert. The Visceral Screen: Between the Cinemas of John Cassavetes and David Cronenberg, Intellect, 2015.
  • Brereton, Pat. Smart Cinema: DVD add-ons and new Audience Pleasures, Palgrave Press, 2012.
  • Dr Roddy Flynn and Dr Pat Brereton. Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema, Scarecrow Press, 2007.
  • Pat Brereton. Hollywood Utopia:Ecology in Contemporary American Cinema, Intellect Press, 2004.
  • Brereton, Pat. Continuum Guide to Media Education, Continuum Press, 2001.


  • Brereton, Pat. 2015. Cinema, Ecology and Environment. The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Communication, pp258-269, Routledge.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2014. Irish Ecology on Film. Culture Media: Eco-Critical Explorations, pp114-130, Cambridge Scholars.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2014. Animated Ecocinema and Affect: A Case Study of Pixar's UP. Moving Environments, pp281-309, Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • Dr pat brereton [and Robert Furze]. 2014. The Digital Cabinet of Curiosities. Avatar and PhilosophyWiley Publishers.
  • Pat Brereton. 2014. Shipwrecks and Desert Islands: Ecology and Nature: A Case Study of how Reality TV and Fictional Films frame representations of Islands. Shipwrecks and Desert Islands, pp225-243, Rodophi.
  • Pat Brereton. 2013. La Commedia e il Cinema Irlandese. 1 FIlm Studies, pp315-324, Carocci Editors.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2013. Irish Eco-cinema: A Survey. Eco=cinema ReaderCambridge Scholars.
  • Pat Brereton. 2012. Appreciating the Views: Filming Nature; Into the Wild, Grizzly Man, and Into the West. EcoCinema ReaderRoutledge.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2012. Digital Impacts on Documentary in Ireland. Documentary in a Changing State: Ireland Since the 1990s, pp124-134, Cork University Press.
  • Brereton, Pat. 2012. Teaching with DVD Add-ons. Teaching Film, pp364-375, Modern Languages Association of America MLA.
  • Pat Brereton. 2011. 'Ecology as a concept' and 'environmental education'. Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues [4 volumes], pp408-411/459, Salem Press.
  • Pat Brereton. 2009. Ireland's America: A Case Study of Sheridan's In America (2002) and Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005). Screening Irish-America: Representing Irish-America in Film and Television, pp370-384, Irish Academic Press.
  • Pat Brereton. 2009. Farming on Irish Film: An eclogical reading. Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature, pp185-202, State University of New York.
  • Dr Pat Brereton. 2007. Characteristics of Contemporary Irish Film. Mapping Irish Media: Critical Explorations, pp157-172, UCD Press.


  • Brereton, Pat. 2012. MIT7: Unstable Platforms - The Promise and the Peril of Transition: 13-15th may 2011 MIT USA. 18, pp231-239.
  • Bruce Bennett, Marc Furstenau and Adrian MacKenzie (eds). 2009. Cinema and Technology: Cultures, Theories, Practices . 15, pp484-486.
  • Mary P Corcoran and Perry Share [eds]. 2008. Belongings: Shaping Identity in Modern Ireland: A Critical Appraisal. 97, pp344-346.
  • Andrew Murphie and John Potts. 2004. Review of Culture and Technology. 10 no.2, pp117-118.
  • Jay David Bolter & Richard Grusin. 2000. Remediation: Understanding New Media. vol 6 no.2,
  • Martin Barker. 2000. From Ants to Titanic: Reinventing Film Analysis.,
  • Tim Armstrong. 1998. Modern Technology and the Body. vo, 5 no.2... Borderlines: Studies in American Culture,
  • Stephen Fender (ed). 1997. American and European National Identities: Faces in the Mirror. vol 1- Over Here: European Journal of American Studies,
  • Danielle Cliche (eds). 1997. Cultural Ecology: The Changing Dynamics of Communication. vol 8. no. 3,


  • Pat Brereton, Science Communication and Film, ECREA - European Media conference, - , Hamburg Germany
  • Pat Brereton, Teaching Irish Smart Cinema, MIT New Media Conference, - , Boston
  • Brereton, Pat, Sustainability Panel, French Marketing Association, 09-MAY-12 - 11-SEP-12, Brest France
  • Pat Brereton, Pixar's UP as Eco-cinema, In: Ongoing - will be published ed.Eco-cinema and Affect [invited Symposium in Munich , 20-MAY-11 - 24-MAY-11, Munich
  • Pat Brereton, Cities for Children, Cities for Children, 11-APR-11 - 11-APR-11, Dublin City Council
  • Brereton, Pat, Sacred Space and Irish Film: A study of the documentaries of John T. Davis and Alan Gilsenan, 13th Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture. , 20-OCT-06 - 22-OCT-06, University of Sterling, Scotland
  • Brereton, Pat, DVD add-and and Film Teaching, INTERNATIONALISING MEDIA STUDIES: Imperatives and Impediments. University of Westminster , 15-SEP-06 - 15-SEP-06, London
  • Brereton, Pat, The Everyday Sacred [Panel discussion] with case study of films of Jim Sheridan, SCMS Society of Film and Televisiona and New Media, 28-FEB-06 - 04-MAR-06, Vancouver, Canada
  • Brereton, Pat, DVD add-on's: Teaching Film, Society for Cinema and Media Studies [SCMS] International Conference [see], 31-MAR-05 - 03-APR-05, London
  • Brereton, Pat, Tourism and Irish Film, International Conference of Literature and Film, 27-JAN-05 - 30-JAN-05, Florida State University. USA
  • Pat Brereton, Irish Animation and Disney, The Local and the Global: Contested Terrains. Joint Faculty Conferenc e, 24-SEP-04 - 25-SEP-04, DCU
  • Pat Brereton, Nature and the Environmental Imagination: Film and Tourism in Kerry/Ireland, Killarney 250 Film Summer School, 11-JUN-04 - 13-JUN-04, Killarney Co. Kerry
  • Pat Brereton, The Sublime in Hollywood Film: Promoting and Ecological Agenda [To be published in Year book], Truth and the Reel: Irish Philosophical Society, 20-APR-04 - 20-APR-04, Maynooth University
  • Pat Brereton, Media Literacy in Ireland, Media Literacy - An EU funded Symposium, 02-MAR-03 - 03-MAR-02, Reading UK
  • Pat Brereton, Spielberg and Special Effects, Spectacle of the Real - film and TV conference, 25-JAN-03 - 26-JAN-03, Brunuel University London
  • Pat Brereton , Media Audiences and Irish Film: with case study of Into the West and Disco Pigs, Keeping It Real: Irish Film, 19-APR-02 - 21-APR-02, University College Dublin
  • Pat Brereton 'Post 9/11 War Movies', Joint Faculty Conference, DCU/St Pats Joint Faculty Conference, 10-FEB-02 - 12-FEB-02, St Pats Drumcondra Dublin