I am Programme Leader for BA & MA Filmmaking and a researcher in film practice and theory and filmmaking pedagogy at SODA. My practice-led research focuses on dialogues between concepts, processes and poetics of socially-engaged documentary film and landscape, environment and work. Recent film The Great Bear focused on narratives of landscape and labour of young people working in shepherding, forestry and farming, and forthcoming research develops approaches to film practice as collaborative method in interdisciplinary research exploring landscape-scale rewilding and the future of nature-based economies.
I also have a keen interest in filmmaking pedagogies in the art and design context including the development of critical praxis and student-led research strategies. This synergy between practice, research and education as an interdependent critical culture informs the Filmmaking programmes’ emphasis on innovative storytelling, original voice and cultural relevance across an expanded audio-visual film and screen landscape.