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Deborah Ballin FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking


Summary

I am a filmmaker, writer and academic working across a number of forms including documentary film, fiction and memoir. My work explores memory and identity and its role in shaping political and philosophical beliefs.

Projects include The Fence, Ogmore ’74, Echoes of Protest, Me and My Hair, Being Here Now, Teenland and Knitting A Love Song (BAFTA-nominated).

About

I am a filmmaker, writer and academic working across a number of forms including documentary film, fiction and memoir. My work explores memory and identity and its role in shaping political and philosophical beliefs. Projects include The Fence, Ogmore ’74, Echoes of Protest, Me and My Hair, Being Here Now, Teenland, and Knitting A Love Song (BAFTA-nominated).

My work has been broadcast in Europe, Canada and the US, and exhibited internationally including BFI London Film Festival, Burning Man, Cannes, Clermont Ferrand, Cork Film Festival, Encounters Festival, Foyle Film Festival and the ICA. Commissioners include the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Screen Yorkshire and the UK Film Council. I am currently studying an MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

Senior Lecturer

Teaching

Subject Group: Film and Photography

I teach the following modules on the BA/MArt Film and Media Photography

  • Creative Media Project Development

  • Film Writing

  • Moving Image Project (Documentary) 

  • Cross Media Project (Documentary)

Research

Current research projects

Echoes of Protest

ADRC-funded collaborative multidisciplinary research project with Esther Johnson investigating the legacy of being involved in significant protest movements from a child’s perspective. The first element of this project is an exhibition entitled 'A share of a pensioners Christmas Bonus’ being held at the People’s History Museum Manchester, December 6th 2015 – January 18th 2016, and the National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield, November 12th 16 – January 18th 17

MA Writing

Part time Masters in Creative Writing at Hallam. Projects in progress include a novel and an interactive memoir.

Collaborators and Sponsors

  • People's History Museum (Manchester)
  • National Coal Mining Museum for England (Wakefield)
  • Esther Johnson
  • Dave Wray Senior Research Fellow University of Herts

Publications

Journal articles

Johnson, E., & Ballin, D. (2017). Echoes of protest: untold stories of the 1984–1985 UK Miners’ Strike. Oral History Society Journal, Spring (2017), 100-110.

Ballin, D. (2015). Ogmore 74. New Writing Matter, 15, TBC. http://makingwritingmatter.co.uk/

Book chapters

Johnson, E., & Ballin, D. (2017). Voices from the Strike. In Allsop, D., Stephenson, C., & Wray, D. (Eds.) Justice Denied : Friends, Foes and the Miners. (pp. 64-76). Merlin Press: http://www.merlinpress.co.uk/acatalog/JUSTICE-DENIED.html

Ballin, D. (2015). Ogmore 74. In New writing matter. (pp. 105-109). Mews Press: http://makingwritingmatter.co.uk/

Ballin, D., & Johnson, E. (n.d.). Voices from the strike. In Allsop, D., Stephenson, C., & Wray, D. (Eds.) The Miners’ Strike: the people, the controversies and the consequences. London: Merlin Press: http://blanchepictures.com/echoes-of-protest/

Reports

Johnson, E., & Ballin, D. (2016). The People's Echo. Memories of the 1984-8 Miners' StrikeChristmas 2016. Artists and National Coal Mining Museum for England. http://echoes-of-protest.weebly.com/

Exhibitions

Johnson, E., & Ballin, D. (n.d.). A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’. [Exhibition · Including Audio Work, collection of photographs, archive items]. People's History Museum, Manchester. http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/a-share-of-a-pensioners-christmas-bonus/

Johnson, E., & Ballin, D. (n.d.). A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’. [Exhibition · Including Audio Work, collection of photographs, archive items]. People's History Museum, Manchester. http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/a-share-of-a-pensioners-christmas-bonus/

Ballin, D., & Johnson, E. (2015). A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’. [Show/Exhibition]. People's History Museum, Manchester. http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/a-share-of-a-pension

Johnson, E., & Ballin, D. (2016). A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’. [Exhibition and Opening Event]. National Coal Mining Museum for England. https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/a-share-of-a-pensioners-christmas-bonus

Media

Ballin, D. (2009). Me and my hair. [DVD]. https://vimeo.com/27775579

Presentations

Ballin, D., & Johnson, E. (2018). Echoes of protest : conference presentation. Presented at: IOHA 2018 Memory and Narration, Jyvaskyla, Finland, 2018

Media

Debbie Ballin is an award winning filmmaker and writer, Her work has been broadcast in Europe, Canada and the US, and exhibited internationally including BFI London Film Festival, Burning Man, Cannes, Clermont Ferrand, Cork Film Festival, Encounters Festival, Foyle Film Festival and the ICA. Commissioners include the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Screen Yorkshire and the UK Film Council. Projects include The Fence, Ogmore ’74, Echoes of Protest, Me and My Hair, Being Here Now, Teenland and Knitting A Love Song (BAFTA-nominated).

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