Dr. Anna Misiak
(World Documentary Film & TV Conference Academic Lead)
Senior Lecturer in Film & Film Course Coordinator
Anna holds a PhD in Sociology from Polish Academy of Sciences. She is a former Fulbright Scholar at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Before coming to Falmouth in 2006, Anna had lectured in film, media, sociology, and culture studies at American Studies Center, Warsaw University and at Warsaw Higher School for Humanities. Anna’s research interests and teaching specialisms include world cinema, documentary and transnational films. She is currently one of the main investigators on an international research project (‘Documentary in V4 Countries Before and After 1989’), which has been supported by the Visegrad University Studies Grant.
Dr. Dario Llinares
Senior Lecturer in Film & Film Course Coordinator
Dario has a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (University of Leeds). He is the author of The Astronaut: Cultural Mythology and Idealised Masculinity, an interrogation of the astronaut as a cultural icon which includes work on the epistemological links between documentary and history. He has recently co-edited the Journal of European Popular Culture: special edition on Austerity and leads a research project entitled Interactive Spectatorships investigating the effects of digital culture on the concept of audience. Dario is also currently co-editor of a special edition of Networked Knowledge Journal and co-organiser of www.cosmographies.co.uk conference. He has articles on Time Travel Cinema and British Prison Films coming out this year and is leading the development of Falmouth University’s new MA in Film & Television. He has previously taught undergraduate modules including Documentary and the Mass Media, Race in Hollywood Film and Transnational Cultures.
Senior Lecturer in Film & Television
Mel has worked in TV Documentaries and Factual programming since 1997. As a graduate of Bournemouth University she went on to work in London and then Plymouth, Producing and Series Producing for BBC, C4, ITV and Sky as well as Scriptwriting and Development Producing (including winning 2 factual series commissions for BBC1). Mel has been teaching at Falmouth since 2009 as Award Leader of MA TV Production and as Senior Lecturer on BA Film. Mel is currently working on a developing a 60’ documentary for BBCFour about World Music.
Head of Film & Television
Kingsley has worked as a Senior Lecturer at Falmouth since 2006, specialising in film journalism, sound design, filmmaking practice and philosophical approaches to film. His academic research primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in film, and the cinematic representation of historical figures and events. He is currently engaged in a research project, which explores sound design and score in representations of war on screen – including video games, television and documentary and narrative film.
Lecturer in Film
Neil teaches both film theory and practice. He is by trade a screenwriter, critic, festival programmer and now early career academic. He has written and produced a number of award winning short films and written for a variety of publications in the US. His scholarly interests and areas of expertise include film education, screenwriting and rockumentaries and he is completing a professional doctorate in film education (Summer 2014). He loves his dog, coffee, music and wild swimming.
Dr. Sarah Arnold
Senior Lecturer in Film & TV/Film Course Coordinator
Sarah holds a PhD in Film Theory from the National University of Ireland, Galway and prior to taking up her position in Falmouth, worked as Lecturer in Media, Culture and Production at Southampton Solent University. She is author of Maternal Horror Film: Melodrama and Motherhood and co-author of The Film Handbook. She also authored of the forthcoming chapter on the documentary photography and fiction films of Larry Clark for Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversities and an article on urban decay photography and documentary film for the Journal of Urban History.
Senior Lecturer in Film
Mark specialises in teaching documentary theory and practice. He is interested in both historical and contemporary forms of non-fiction filmmaking, and especially in the issues generated by new and hybrid modes of documentary practice. In the present pan-documentary culture, characterised by digitalisation and social media distribution, conventions of non-fiction filmmaking are being challenged and critical paradigms rethought. These contexts sit at the centre of Mark’s pedagogical practice.
Senior Lecturer in Animation
Ann graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in animation from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in 1999 and continued at the college as a research assistant in the newly formed Animation Research Centre. In 2001 after a short spell working in the animation industry she returned to the Surrey Institute to teach on the animation course, eventually specialising in the history and theory of animation. In 2007 she moved to Cornwall and is currently employed as Senior Lecturer in Animation History and Theory on the Animation and Visual Effects BA (hons.) course at Falmouth University. Her recent research focuses on the neuroscience of animation spectatorship and production.
Dr. Niamh Downing
Senior Lecturer in English
Niamh completed her Doctorate in English with University of Exeter in 2013. Her research focuses on space, place and landscape in 20th and 21st century literature. Niamh has published on 20th century women’s travel writing with Palgrave Macmillan, and is working on a monograph about contemporary poetry and excavation. Her new area of research is concerned with literary geographies of the extra-terrestrial, and includes the organisation of a cross disciplinary conference in July 2014 that will bring together scholars from space science, literary and film studies among others, to consider the significance of visual and textual cultures of outer space.
Associate Lecturer in Film
David has obtained his BA(Hons) degree in Film from Falmouth University. He is now an accomplished, award-winning filmmaker, who collaborated with numerous media companies and external clients, including Imperial College London, Sony Music, TK Maxx, and multi-platinum recording artists, such as Coldplay, Jamie Cullum and Declan O’Rourke, David’s film expertise evolves around guerrilla filmmaking, film practice, Iranian cinema. He also shares interest in studying the digital revolution and music television. He has now begun pre-production for his feature film debut, as well as his work on Ph.D. in Film.
Support & Contribution
The team wishes to thank the following individual contributors and companies who supported this conference project and helped with various stages of its development: Leila Doney, Angela Annesley, Prof. Mike Wilson, Rachel Lonsdale, FXPlus, Matt Gillespie Photography and Dots+Circles agency who designed and built this website.