Dr David Archibald
- Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Studies (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
- Film and journalism
- Film and history, specifically, cinematic representations of the Spanish civil war
- Production Studies: David recently completed study of the making of Ken Loach’s latest film, The Angels’ Share
- Film Festivals – In addition to academic work in this area, David has attended numerous film festivals as the accredited delegate of publications such as Cineaste and Financial Times
- 2014 - Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: Tracking Loach, an analysis of Ken Loach’s working practices
- 2014 - Heritage Lottery Fund: Doomster Hill, an experimental documentary about medieval Govan
- 2013 – Historic Scotland: Doomster Hill
- 2012 - University of Glasgow Chancellor’s Fund: Doomster Hill
- 2011 - Royal Society of Edinburgh Scottish Government Arts & Humanities Small Grant: Tracking Loach in Scotland
- 2011 - University of Glasgow, John Robertson Bequest: the making of The Angels’ Share (Loach 2012)
- 2008 – AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, ‘Edinburgh International Film Festivals Retrospectives’
I am particularly interested in supervising research projects which situate Film and Television Studies within broader political landscapes.
- Hany Beshr: Foreign policy in British political docudrama filmmaking (1991-2011)
- Mhairi Brennan: Archiving the Referendum. The BBC television archive and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum
- Alexandra Colta: Human Rights Film Festivals: Politics, Programmes and Practices
- Finn Daniels-Yeomans: Beyond Representation: Documenting Traumas of the World Ecology
- Andrew Jarvis: The Poetics and Politics of Post-National British Cinema
- Katharina Kamleitner: Looking for alternatives: Women and Film Festivals
- Jamie Nixon: Stand Up Comedy in the Obama Era
- Convenor, MLitt in Film Journalism
- Convenor of Postgraduate Committee, School of Culture and Creative Arts
- 'Co-Convenor, 'Screen Seminars at Glasgow'
- College of Arts Film and Broadcasting Knowledge Exchange Theme Leader
- David has extensive experience as a journalist and critic. His work has appeared in over 20 outlets, including Cineaste, Film International, Financial Times, and Guardian. His recent Financial Times feature on filmmaking in Scotland is available here
- David has also made numerous media appearances on radio and television and has been interviewed by newspapers in relation to both cinema and aspects of Scotland’s cultural and political landscape. These include: BBC News; BBC World; BBC Scotland; BBC Radio Scotland; Radio 5 Live; Huffington Post; Die Welte; Radio France Internationale and New York Times. He also appeared in Dream Me Up Scotty! (BBC TV, 2013) a programme which outlines the history of the Scottish voice on screen.
- Developing his research interests in relation to film and history, David is currently making a short documentary film about medieval Govan with Cara Connolly and Martin Clark. The film is funded by the University’s Chancellor’s Fund, Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- David is actively involved in film culture in Scotland and is Chair of the Board of Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and a Trustee of Africa in Motion, Scotland African Film Festival
Recent/forthcoming invited talks, keynotes and public lectures
- 20 February 2014: De Montfort University, Anti-Fascism on Film conference, keynote lecture: ‘A war for democracy or a revolution betrayed? The Spanish Civil War in international cinemas’
- 24 April 2014: University of Glasgow, Screen Seminars at Glasgow, invited talk: ‘Tracking Loach: a production study of The Angels’ Share
- 30 May 2014: St Andrews University. Symposium on the films of Iciar Bollain, invited talk: ‘Cinematic representations of anti-fascist women in the Spanish Civil War’
- 24 June 2014: Forsyth Hardy Public Lecture at Edinburgh International Film Festival: ‘Should Scotland have an independent film industry?’
- 5 September 2014: Edge Hill University, invited conference presentation: ‘Independence and the film industry in Scotland’
- 5 September 2014: Edge Hill University, invited roundtable participant: ‘Film Festivals and Boycotts'
- 8 October 2014: Strathclyde University, invited talk: ‘The Loach Method: an analysis of Ken Loach’s cinematic working practices.’
- 12 October 2014: Document Film Festival, invited talk: ‘Kilts, Tanks and Aeroplanes: Scotland, Cinema and the First World War’ (with Maria Velez-Serna)
- 23 October 2014: University of Amsterdam symposium on film festivals, invited talk: ‘The Politics and Programme of Document International Human Rights Film Festival’
- 31 October 2014: Switzerland in Dialogue 6, University of Glasgow, invited talk: ‘Protests and Parades: the First World War in Glasgow's Cinemas’, (with Maria Velez-Serna)
- 26-28 November 2014: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Jornadas Internacionales de Historia y Cine conference, invited talk (in Spanish): ‘The early years of British television’