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Annie Watson

Annie Watson PGCHE, FHEA, PGDip, BA (Hons)

Subject Group Leader Film and Photography


As Subject Group Leader for Film and Photography, I provide academic and management leadership, and aim to encourage innovation and entrepreneurialism. I currently line manage 17 core staff and 19 Associate Lecturers. I have been teaching film-making and scriptwriting as a Senior Lecturer for seven years (and two years previously as an Associate Lecturer) on Film and Media Production, and have also been Quality Lead for Media Arts.

  • About

    My PhD is about female film directors, and why they are in the minority. Research so far tends to highlight the gap between education and industry as the moment in which the gender divide increases. I am very interested in exploring this transition, as well as the little researched point of 're-entry' as an older woman into the industry. I am the UK national researcher for a pan-European report mapping where the female film directors are across Europe, due for completion in early 2016.

    As co-founder of Sheffield Hallam Media Arts Walking Research Group, my project is KNITWALKS. I knit as I walk, and the knitting becomes a map. I worked as a film editor for ten years, before directing music videos with London's INDEPENDENT agency. My promo for IMONSTER'S Daydream in Blue was nominated for Q Award's Video of the Year. I have directed many short films, KNITTING A LOVE SONG being nominated for a BAFTA. I was selected as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow and have written three feature films.

    Women film directors, walking art.

  • Teaching

    Department of Media Arts and Communication

    Science, Technology and Arts


    Project Supervisor

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
  • Publications

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