Dr Jenny Holt, SFHEA Programme Leader, Filmmaking; Senior Lecturer, Filmmaking

Dr Jenny Holt, SFHEA

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.

My doctoral research Caught in the Fabric of World focused on landscapes and communities of the South Pennines as pastoral-wilderness tied to social and cultural histories of the north of England, including Brontë tourism at the alleged location of Wuthering Heights, the urban/rural interface of a Halifax housing estate, and the play of forces at the highest point of the M62 motorway.

As a TV production freelancer for UK production companies I produced, directed and shot documentaries and factual programming for national broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. My recent work has screened at film festivals and in gallery contexts in national and international locations.

I am an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner with particular interest in film practice as research and happy to discuss potential PhD research proposals.


Email: j.c.holt@mmu.ac.uk