John A. Riley works at SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea, where he coordinates the English program, and also teaches drama and film studies. He received his PhD in film studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published academic work on topics such as the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and the revived Twin Peaks TV series. When not working he is involved in amateur theater; his first play The End of the Pier Show was performed in Daejeon in June 2019.
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