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Virgina Heath

Professor Virginia K Heath

Summary

As Professor of Film, I have written and directed several award winning films and have a strong a track record in research. I also teach on the MA Filmmaking course. My teaching is very much influenced and enriched by my research projects and I have a history of engaging MA students in my research. My films have been screened at international film festivals including Berlin, Cannes, The Hamptons, New York, Vancouver, St Petersburg and won awards such as ‘Relativity’ - “Best Short Film” at the Berlin International Film Festival 2002 and a BAFTA Scotland nomination for ‘From Scotland With Love’.

  • About

    My research practice is focused on directing a body of distinctive and internationally recognised films and innovative cross platform content which investigate questions of female sexuality, identity, empowerment of marginalised voices, and the conflict between different cultural perceptions of the world. My work has been screened at international film festivals including Berlin, Cannes, The Hamptons, New York, Message to Man in St Petersburg and won awards such as ‘Relativity’ - “Best Short Film” at the Berlin Film Festival 2002 and nominated for the European Film Academy Awards.

    Following on from my past work, I researched, wrote and directed a hard-hitting film, ‘My Dangerous Loverboy’ commissioned by the UK Human Trafficking Centre to investigate the hidden issue of young British girls being sex trafficked around UK cities. The film had its international premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, Canada in 2009 and is a key element of the much wider ‘My Dangerous Loverboy’ online project which won a cross media innovation award from the National Film Board of Canada.

    My most recent research project is a BAFTA nominated 75 minute cinematic film and live music performance 'From Scotland With Love' commissioned by Creative Scotland and the BBC for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is an artistic collaboration with Mercury Prize nominated composer King Creosote. As film director and composer we explored new territory, creating the fabric of the film in an iterative process between visual and musical writing of the material. The project culminated in a major, high profile performance during the Commonwealth Games Culture Festival in 2014. The film has subsequently screened at international film festivals including Dublin, Buenos Aires, Vancouver and New Zealand; with screening and live performances of the score at, the Barbican and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections and the Edinburgh International Festival, 2015.

    Film, Documentary, Fiction / Drama, Archive and Music

  • Teaching

    Department of Media Arts and Communication

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Film and Media Production

    MA Filmmaking

    MA Filmmaking: Project Development

  • Research

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

    From Scotland With Love – BAFTA-nominated feature length documentary film, 2014

    A Time For Invention, Conference 2013

    My Dangerous Loverboy, 2009

    Little Lost David / Devil Don’t Mind, 2009

    Point Annihilation, 30 min film, 2005

    Relativity, 10 min film, ‘Best Short Film’ Berlin IFF

    Songs From The Golden City, 52 min Documentary

    Funders of projects: Creative Scotland; BBC Scotland; National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive

  • Publications

  • Media

    Virginia Heath is a multi award winning writer and director with UK and New Zealand nationality. She recently directed the BAFTA Scotland nominated feature length archive and music documentary From Scotland With Love (75’). The film is being theatrically distributed by Park Circus Sales & Distribution Company and was originally screened with a live musical performance of the sound track at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Festival 2014 and the Barbican, London. It has screened at the Dublin International Film Festival, Buenos Aires IFF, New Zealand IFF, Edinburgh International Festival and Vancouver IFF amongst others. The film has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from the UK press and public alike – ‘Brilliantly evokes the flavour of 20th century Scotland’ - The Herald; ‘Hypnotic’ - The Independent; ‘Some kind of genius’ - The Guardian; ‘Spellbinding’, The Radio Times.

    Virginia’s short film Relativity (10’) won ‘Best Short Film’ at the Berlin International Film Festival (2002) and was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards. She won a National Film Board of Canada Cross Media Challenge Award (2009) for the My Dangerous Loverboy Film and Cross Platform Project about the sex trafficking of teenagers. Her shorts Deep Freeze, Point Annihilation and Little Lost David were shown at international festivals including The Hamptons, New York, St Petersburg ‘Message to Man’, St Tropez, London, New Zealand & Sheffield Doc/Fest.

    Virginia began her film career directing a series of international arts documentaries for the Channel 4 Television Series ‘Rear Window’ including Songs From The Golden City about exiled jazz legends The Manhattan Brothers returning to South Africa to seek justice. Her films have attracted funding from the BFI, SBS (Australia), SABC (South Africa), UK Film Council, National Film Board of Canada, Screen Yorkshire and Creative Scotland.

    She currently has two psychological thriller feature films in advanced development; Mystery Ride with the New Zealand Film Commission, Creative Scotland and Trust Nordisk Sales; Bitter Little Twist with Creative Scotland and Filmgate, Sweden. Her body of work features a distinctive directorial style and strong cinematic vision to explore her signature themes: women, sex, power, love, betrayal, trust and desire.

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