Films

These films encompass a range of styles and content, primarily short documentaries, promotional shorts for non-profit organizations/ activist projects, and experimental films.

I hold an MA in Visual Anthropology and have experience working as a professional filmmaker and film workshop leader 2009-2011, in Manchester, UK.

As a researcher, I use visual and sensorial methods including but not limited to film, and focus on participatory or collaborative techniques.

Documentary short: Shut Down Yarl’s Wood

A short documentary about the ongoing protests to shut down Yarl’s Wood immigration detention center, organised by people held in detention and campaign groups including Movement for Freedom, Women Asylum Seekers Together, and Sisters Uncut. Filmed on Saturday August 9, 2015 and published by Red Pepper.

Experimental short: Why Does This Happen?

A video mash-up made in response to the killing of 17 Afghan civilians by a US soldier on March 10, 2012 and the media coverage it provoked.

Winner: Best Super Short Film, Futures of Visual Anthropology Conference, Temple University, 2014.

Documentary short: Occupy The Vote

D.C. residents pay taxes to the government but do no have the right to decide how that money is spent. Representatives from other states decide for them. 600,000 people are disenfranchised. Protesters say: enough is enough.

Documentary: Shared Histories (trailer)

Trailer for the 20 minute film recording the Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre’s “Shared Histories” project, designed to explore the perspectives and histories of LGB+T people living in the Northwest of England.

Experimental short: Homoelectric: What Pleasures Lie Within

Experimental, immersive clip made about HomoElectric, Manchester’s iconic club night for “homos, heteros, lesbos and don’t knows.”

Experimental short: A Place to be Myself

Made in collaboration with We Need More Than This To Live, run by Queer Up North festival, bringing lesbian-identified asylum seekers together to share and create stories of experience. This film emerged from six theatre/ art/ music and storytelling workshops.

Documentary: Still Life

Made for my MA thesis in Visual Anthropology, and with the collaboration of Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST), this 27 minute documentary reveals how women seeking asylum in the UK get by and build solidarity, despite punitive immigration policies.

Experimental short: Coffee

A story in sixty seconds and an experiment in style and lighting.

Film poem: Manchester

Poem written and performed by Manchester-based Dominic Berry. Made for the Beautiful North BBC film competition.

Film poem: This Spare, Square Patch

Poem written and performed by Manchester-based spoken word artist Vanessa Fay. Made for the Beautiful North BBC film competition.

Promo: Welcome to your Union!

A promotional video for Manchester University Student’s Union, shown to new students in September 2009 and broadcast on screens across the University during the 09/10 year.