Academic Filmmaking: Modalities, Experiment and Decolonisation

A showcase of academic filmmaking from the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures, with special guests from Aarhus, Birkbeck, SOAS and Universidad del Rosario.

Practice research (or practice-led research) has become a lively area of Film Studies, with exciting methodologies of video essay-making, participatory filmmaking and curation emerging over the last few years.

In this event we discuss new developments in academic filmmaking and showcase the films made with or by researchers at the University of Leeds, Aarhus University, Birkbeck (University of London) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London).

The film screenings and presentations are guided by several questions, including:

  • How can we use participatory arts methodologies to amplify others' (and "others'") voices?
  • What does it mean to decolonise filmmaking and film curation?
  • What place is there for experimental, or deformative, approaches to filmmaking in academic practice and film criticism?
  • What's next for academic filmmaking?



On Present and Future Academic Filmmaking Modalities - Catherine Grant (Birkbeck)

Presentations and film screenings:

Men Shouting: A Deformative History in 15 Episodes - Alan O'Leary (Aarhus University)

*Women Filmmakers Decolonising Screens - Lindiwe Dovey (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) *TBC

Decolonising the Museum of Modern Art in Salvador da Bahia - Thea Pitman (University of Leeds)

BRICS Film Festival as Intercultural Contact Zone - Stephanie Dennison and Christopher Homewood (University of Leeds)

Operación Berlín. The Children who fought war in Colombia - Paul Cooke (University of Leeds) and Mathew Charles (Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá)

Facing the Mind: Art, Film, and Mental Health - Mani King Sharpe (University of Leeds) and Peter McDonagh


Academic Filmmaking: What Now? What Next? - Catherine Grant, Alan O'Leary, Lindiwe Dovey, Thea Pitman, Stephanie Dennison, Christopher Homewood, Paul Cooke, Mathew Charles and Rachel Johnson (Chair).

Join us

The event will be held as a Zoom webinar and streamed live on the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures social media platforms. You are warmly invited to participate in the webinar and/or watch along live.

To access the event, please register through our Eventbrite page. Links to join on Zoom or watch on social media will be sent to you after you have registered.