Debbie Ballin, FHEA Senior Lecturer, Filmmaking & Documentary

Debbie Ballin, FHEA

I teach across a range of film related disciplines, including writing for film, the history, theory, and practice of documentary filmmaking and interactive, cross-media documentary.

My practice-based research uses documentary film, audio, interactive and writing and draws on oral history, archive, and personal testimony to create compelling multi-layered narratives.

Recent research projects have focused on hidden histories of childhood and the way personal memories interconnect with wider social histories and identities.

Under an Artificial Sun investigates the legacy of historic childhood hospitalisation and isolation due to tuberculosis and Echoes of Protest examines the experiences of children whose parents were protestors.

I am interested in the spaces where documentary, memoir, oral history, and historical fiction intersect, and the way hybrid inter-disciplinary works can offer extended or novel understandings of the past.

I have ten-year’s experience of working in the independent film sector making films for broadcast and cinematic exhibition. My work has encompassed producing, directing and new talent development and has been BAFTA nominated, broadcast in Europe, Canada, and the US, and exhibited internationally.

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