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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.


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.


Department of Media Arts and Communication

College of Business, Technology and Engineering


Project Supervisor


Journal articles

Watson, A. (1992). Malicious falsehood in the light of Joyce and Sengupta and another. Litigation, 12 (2), 58-63.

Conference papers

Watson, A. (2015). Knitwalks. In Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts symposium, Falmouth University, 16 April 2015.

Watson, A., & Lee, J. (2015). Encouraging research and group cohesion through walking art. In Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts, Falmouth University, 16 April 2015.


Gent, S., Parkin, M., Watson, A., Lee, J., Robinson, A., Robinson, S., & Lazenby, M. (n.d.). Solar. [Video works presented on an app].


Gent, S., Watson, A., Lee, J., Wichert, P., Robinson, S., Robinson, A., ... Lazenby, M. (2018). Walk Out. [Video, photography, and sculpture]. Sheffield Institute for Art.


Watson, A. (2017). Saturn, the disco planet. [Embedded within app]. Catalyst

Watson, A. (2017). Discovered on Mercury: 20 metres of water ice and a dark intriguing organic matter. [Embedded within an app]. Catalyst

Watson, A. (2016). Four Parts. [Projection onto Weston Park Museum]. Wordlife/Year of making:

Watson, A. (2016). Queen of Air. [Projection onto Hull buildings]. Arts Council funded Amy Johnson Festival:

Watson, A. (2016). Shoes that walk alone. [London Short Film Festival 2017]. Institute of Contemporary Arts:

Watson, A. (2015). Speak Plainly Today. [Projected onto Upper Chapel, Sheffield]. Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield:

Watson, A., Lee, J., Gent, S., Ternan, M., Parkin, M., Robinson, A., & Robinson, S. (2015). Showreel for Media Arts Walking Research Group. [DVD]. Sheffield Hallam University:


Lee, J., & Watson, A. (2018). How can walking foster creativity and research in early careers. Presented at: Creating Knowledge Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 2018

Watson, A., Lee, J., Gent, S., Ternan, M., Parkin, M., Robinson, A., & Robinson, S. (2015). Poster for Media Arts Walking Research Group. Presented at: Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts, Falmouth University, 2015

Other publications

Watson, A., Lee, J., Parkin, M., Gent, S., Robinson, A., Robinson, S., & Lazenby, M. (2017). SOLAR - a walking app. Sheffield Hallam University Catalyst Fund

Watson, A. (n.d.). Where are the female directors in European films? : data mapping report with policy recommendations based on findings and best practice. European Women in Audio and Visual

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