Film & Broadcasting

Film & Broadcasting

"The breadth of knowledge available in the College of Arts ensures that our academics offer insights on the areas in which they specialise to domestic and international broadcasters. Our world class research contributes to films and programmes, critical production studies, the reception of films and programmes and studies into cultural policy." - Dr David Archibald

Film & Broadcasting in the College of Arts

If you tune into the radio or turn on the television on a daily basis, you’ll no doubt have heard the voices of numerous University of Glasgow staff. Academics across the College of Arts regularly offer expert opinion on a range of topics of the day, and not just in Scotland. Our academics are also often called on to comment on Scottish history, politics and culture to international audiences. The breadth of knowledge in the College ensures that they also often insights on other parts of the world in which they specialise to domestic and international broadcasters.

The College of Arts is ideally located in Scotland’s media capital. We have links with BBC Scotland, Scottish Television (STV) the Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland’s touring cinemas, the Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as a host of film and television companies in the Pacific Quay area and nearby Film City. However, our partnerships and research extend well beyond Scotland and the College of Arts engages on a global scale. Current members of staff are board members and/or trustees of the Africa in Motion Festival and the Document UK Human Rights Film Festival.

Due to our many close links and partnerships, our students are also able to gain practical experience of the industry via, for example, collaborative doctoral awards (students studying towards a PhD). Events and screenings are also organised regularly in association with numerous festivals in our Gilmorehill cinema.

Many of our former Film and Television Studies students hold prominent positions in film and broadcasting institutions in Scotland – from production staff to presenters, casting directors to film festival directors. They regularly return to the College to pass on their experiences to current students, helping them to make a start in these competitive industries.

Through Film and Television Studies and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, we also conduct extensive work into film and broadcasting. This includes desk-based research into specific films or programmes, critical production studies, reception of films and programmes and studies into cultural policy.

We are keen to deepen and strengthen the existing strong links that we have with the film and broadcasting industries in Scotland and further afield, but we are just as keen to forge fresh ones. In the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of our existing links with non-academic partners in film and broadcasting. If you have an idea for how we might work together, we’d very much like to hear from you.

Text by Dr David Archibald – Film and Broadcasting Knowledge Exchange Theme Lead, Lecturer (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)


View David's video on Film and Broadcasting in the College of Arts on YouTube or watch below.

To learn more about Film & Broadcasting or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).


Film & Broadcasting KE Case Studies

Film & Broadcasting KE Case Studies

Locating Bannockburn at 700

Academics from the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology (CBA) are teaming up with the BBC and several conservation bodies in an attempt to answer one of Scotland's biggest historical mysteries: the exact location of the Battle of Bannockburn.

The BBC will be working with academics from the College of Arts to mark the 700th anniversary of the battle by following the progress of a new archaeological dig which will attempt to clear up the uncertainty surrounding one of the most important dates in Scottish history.

The programme, due to be filmed over 18 months and broadcast in Spring 2014, reunites the successful partnership of Neil Oliver (below left) and College of Arts Archaeologist Dr Tony Pollard (below right) from 2003’s ‘Two Men in a Trench’ series.

“The BBC are keen to create a programme on the true history of the battle of Bannockburn and attempt to identify the real locations,” said the BBC’s Richard Downs. “The team at the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology were always the natural choice for this project. The expertise of Dr Iain Banks and Dr Tony Pollard is unique, however coupled with Pollard and Oliver’s past successes the partnership was a perfect fit.”

Funding for the project is a three-way initiative. The National Trust for Scotland own the area of land around the flagpole and the iconic statute of Robert Bruce, where, to date, the majority of excavation work has taken place. The project findings will be incorporated into the new visitor centre being constructed to mark the 700th Anniversary, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Derek Alexander, Head of Archaeological Services for the National Trust for Scotland, explained: “We are very excited about working in partnership with Iain and Tony on this project. They are widely regarded as the leading battlefield archaeology experts in the country and will be key to the success of the investigations. Partnering with the BBC will allow us to successfully communicate the findings to the wider public, something both Iain and Tony also have a great deal of experience with.”

A related but separate project will focus on lands around Cambuskenneth Abbey. This is the location of the Parliament where Robert the Bruce requested that all landowners attend and pledge allegiance to Scotland shortly after the battle in November 1314 or be disinherited and lose all their lands in Scotland. This investigation will be grant-funded by the Conservation Foundation in conjunction with Insight Vacations, who last year sponsored the Centre’s project at Mont St Quentin on World War One's Western Front.

Dr Banks explained the importance of the project:

“The Battle of Bannockburn is an iconic moment in Scottish history. We have a lot of historical evidence about the battle, from Scottish sources and English sources, but what we don’t have is any physical evidence of exactly where the battle took place. Eight different locations have been proposed for where the fighting took place but no one knows which of these is correct. There are no confirmed artefacts that could evidence any of these as a battlefield. However, equally important as finding evidence of a battle site is understanding the physical and human geography of the area.”

Dr Pollard added: “Finding medieval battlefields using archaeological techniques is notoriously difficult but what we have here is the opportunity to subject the landscape in which the battle took place to a thorough multi-faceted investigation, which, whatever the results of the archaeology, will provide a unique insight into the events of 1314. We did limited work there ten years ago for Two Men in a Trench, but came away with more questions and answers, so for Neil, myself and the rest of the team this is unfinished business.”

The project is set to run until late 2013. Whether the resulting TV programmes will turn out to be myth-busters is in the hands of the archaeologists.

Academic:

Dr Tony Pollard


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Public Service Broadcasting Provision and Children’s Media

Based in the Children’s Department of BBC Scotland, this project (an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award) investigated the production culture of that department through ethnographic research.
In particular, the project focused on the idea of ‘public service broadcasting’ (PBS) and how that was articulated in the department’s ways of working.
The project confirmed the BBC’s willingness to engage with the academic community and to support an open research agenda. The resulting thesis documents the public service culture and ethos that existed in the department. This research can be used to inform the debates around plurality and quality in PSB provision and in children’s media generally.

Project Partners:
BBC

Academic:
Dr Lynn Whitaker


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The History of Doomster Hill

In partnership with Connolly Clark Productions, an academic from the College of Arts is currently making an experimental documentary about medieval Scotland. The film explores the history of Doomster Hill, the sacred space of the Kings of Strathclyde, which was located in Govan.
Doomster Hill served as a site for public assemblies and the passing of laws in the 9th to 11th centuries: yet, despite its historical significance, there is little awareness of its history.
The film draws on the research of Professor of Archaeology in the College of Arts, Stephen Driscoll, who has been actively researching Govan since the 1990s, in order to explore the history of medieval Govan and its importance to Scottish history.

Project Partners:
Connolly Clark Productions

Academic:
Dr David Archibald


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Collaborating with Glasgow Film

The College of Arts has collaborated with Glasgow Film on a number of occasions.
Glasgow Film publishes interpretative materials, usually short essays, on films screened to a public audience, which are often written by postgraduate students or graduates from the College. This gives the students paid experience of writing for a wide audience, as well as exposure: their work is published online and made available in cinemas.
In addition, an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award has studied the cinema audiences of the successful Glasgow Film Festival. This partnership confirmed the value of the collaborative relationship between the College and the organisation.

Project Partners:
Glasgow Film

Academic:
Dr David Archibald


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Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland

Prof Philip Schlesinger has been working with the UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, since 2004.  Ofcom oversees the whole range of communications services – broadcasting, telephony, broadband, wireless spectrum. It regulates radio and TV content and it provides regular inputs to the UK Government in a rapidly changing policy field on which it also does important research.

Prof Schlesinger's first role was as a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland, set up to represent Scottish views concerning UK-wide communications regulation. He then chaired that committee for nearly six years and also sat on Ofcom’s Nations Committee, a clearing-house advising Ofcom’s Board about the range of different views and experiences – as well as the similarities - in the different parts of the UK. There’s always a great deal to read and take in, much research to absorb, many briefings received from officials, lots of contact with stakeholders and the committee’s advice to offer in the form of submissions, comments, and exchanges.

At the end of 2014, Prof Schlesinger became the Scottish member on Ofcom’s Content Board, moving from advice to regulation itself, which is a whole new story. 

Project Partners:
Ofcom

Academic:
Prof Philip Schlesinger


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The Africa Film Festival

The Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival was founded in 2005 by Lizelle Bisschoff, then a PhD student at the University of Stirling and now an academic in the College of Arts. The festival programming has always been closely related to and informed by Lizelle’s research.
Filmhouse Cinema (Edinburgh) has been the main hosting venue for the festival, but in 2012 the festival expanded to Glasgow, screening films and hosting events at the University of Glasgow, the Glasgow Film Theatre, and the African and Caribbean Network.
So far AiM has screened around 300 African films to audiences totalling almost 20,000 people, as well as hosting Q&As with directors, panel discussions, workshops, African storytelling, and performances by African musicians.

Partner:
Africa in Motion

Website:
www.africa-in-motion.org.uk

Academic:
Dr Lizelle Bisschoff


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International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival

Document is the only dedicated international human rights documentary film festival in Scotland. Held annually in October, it is a grassroots initiative that aims to use film as an advocacy tool to raise the profile and promote debate of human rights & social issues across the globe.

The festival provides a unique platform that attracts Scottish, UK and international documentary filmmakers and promotes local and international discussion, cultural exchange and education. It screens a large and diverse selection of human rights films that are rarely shown in the UK to offer a broader understanding of issues often ignored by the mainstream media.

Two academics, David Archibald and María Antonia Vélez-Serna, are festival Board Members and contribute to shaping the festival’s management strategy, programme and public events. The current Programme Co-ordinator, Lindsey Reid, is a former Master’s student at the University.

Partner:
Document

Website:
http://documentfilmfestival.org

Academics:
Dr David Archibald, María Antonia Vélez-Serna

 
Contact:
arts-ke@glasgow.ac.uk


Developing e-learning tools with UEFA

Raymond Boyle, an academic in the College of Arts, has helped UEFA (Union of European Football Association) develop a successful professional development programme with the University of Lausanne. Boyle has contributed to the Public Relations and Media Operations module of the Diploma in Football Management, which is taught and assessed through e-learning. The Diploma is aimed at managers working across the 54 member nation football associations across Europe.

Boyle worked with a senior UEFA Media Officer to develop and deliver the content according to the requirements of the Diploma. In 2013, UEFA launched a new programme, the Certificate in Football Management, for which Boyle will contribute a further module on Communication, Media and PR.

Project Partner:
UEFA

Academic:
Prof Raymond Boyle


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Workshops bring together film industry members and academics

Two workshops, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, brought together industry members and academics to discuss the future of Scottish film. As a Scottish film studio is under consideration by Creative Scotland, Dr Lisa Kelly and Dr Katherine Champion wanted to find out how Scotland’s film and broadcasting talent could be discovered and supported.

The workshops were an opportunity for networking as well as being interesting and informative. The result of these discussions is an online resource with the recordings of presentations given at the workshops and reports written by Lisa and Katherine. These workshops have helped to set a research agenda for future academic work as well as showing external organisations the benefits of working with academics. 

Project Partner: 
Royal Society of Edinburgh

Academic: 
Dr Lisa Kelly


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Advising on and appearing in an exhibition documentary

Dr Deborah Lewer (History of Art) was closely involved in the making of a documentary, De l’Allemagne 1800-1939: Allemagne, l’Art et la Nation, which accompanied the exhibition of the same name (English title: German Thought and Painting from Friedrich to Beckmann) at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2013.

Based on her research into the German avant-garde in the early 20th century, Dr Lewer appeared as a ‘talking head’ in four segments of this high quality production. This was the result of several hours of interviews and discussions with the director. She also provided visual material and other information to supplement the documentary, fulfilling the role of an academic consultant.

The 52-minute programme was broadcast on television by the European cultural channel ARTE and has been released on DVD in French, German and English. A trailer can be viewed here: http://boutique.arte.tv/f8380-allemagne_art_nation.

Project Partner: 
ARTE

Academic: 
Dr Deborah Lewer


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Turning a novel into a Hollywood film

The Boy who could see Demons, Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s second novel, is currently in pre-production with a Hollywood producer. The novel has been published in many countries and Dr Jess-Cooke had several enquiries before choosing the current producer, who has previously received 2 Oscar nominations.

The process of discussing and developing the book into a film has given Dr Jess-Cooke a valuable insight into the film industry, which she is already passing on to her students in the College. It has led her to think about the responsibilities of being a writer that aren’t often mentioned on Creative Writing courses, and to encourage students to think about different genres in their writing.

Dr Jess-Cooke has also had to consider how her book can be adapted for film and what makes up the core of the story – an approach that is useful for her postgraduates when thinking about structure, narrational strategy and setting.

Project Partner: 
Confidential at present time.

Academic: 
Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke


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Making research accessible through radio

Dr Aonghas MacCoinnich has recorded a radio series for BBC Radio nan Gaidheal based on research he carried out for the project Sgeul na Gàidhlig aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu (The Gaelic story at the University of Glasgow). This explores the largely untold story of the continuous presence of a minority of Gaelic speakers at the University of Glasgow over the last five and a half centuries.

The radio programmes were a means of disseminating this research to the Gaelic speaking public. Around 58,000 people in Scotland can speak Gaelic while an additional 30,000 have some facility with the language according to the 2011 census. Positive feedback from the series suggests that many people have heard the programme who would not necessarily have engaged with the original research.

As a result of this experience Dr MacCoinnich hopes to be involved in further radio programmes including a series based on his forthcoming monograph.

The research that the programme was based on can be seen on a bilingual English/Gaelic website. All four episodes (recorded in Gaelic) are still available on BBC iPlayer.

Project Partner: 
BBC Radio nan Gaidheal

Academic: 
Dr Aonghas MacCoinnich


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Bridging the Clyde in performance and film

Bridging Part 2 (2014), commissioned by Glasgow Film Theatre as part of the cultural programme for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, was a site-specific screening of a video that documented a performance made by Minty Donald and her regular collaborator, Nick Millar, with the River Clyde, Glasgow. Bridging Part 1 (2010) was realised in partnership with Offshore Workboats Ltd. and commissioned by the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts.‌

The site-specific performance consisted of an attempt to lace together the banks of the River Clyde using over one mile of heavy mooring rope, tensioned round bollards on opposite quaysides to create a zigzag lattice spanning the river. It was intended as an exploration of the status of the post-industrial Clyde and is part of Minty’s on-going practice-based research on human-water interactions, specifically in the context of urban waterways. The site-specific film screening, Bridging Part 2, re-framed the live performance, locating it on a pontoon between the pillars of a dismantled railway bridge on the Clyde and adjacent to an artwork by Ian Hamilton Finlay, where the phrase ‘all greatness stands firm in the storm’ is carved on the two pillars.

The screening was witnessed by around 200 visitors. Comments included expressions of nostalgia and regret at the lack of industry and traffic on the River Clyde today, an acceptance of the inevitability of change and reflections on the film screening’s juxtaposition of recorded images of the river with the material presence of the water itself.

Project Partner: 
Glasgow Film Theatre, Culture 2014, Offshore Workboats Ltd., International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, Clydeport. 

Academic: 
Dr Minty Donald


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Changing approaches to refugees & asylum seekers through film

Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network has found using film as a recording, researching and sharing device to be of considerable value.

In 2012-13 a project was undertaken to ‘Sing Goodbye to the Red Road Flats’, which included a film about the experiences of Red Road. The film was screened at the Centre for Contemporary Arts together with partners BEMIS as part of the Multicultural Homecoming Year.

In 2013 GRAMnet made 5 short films as part of the training packs for the AHRC SFC project examining Ethical Approaches to Health Care Translation and Interpreting, which accompanied critical pedagogical materials. These have been widely used and the films – made with partners in Showman Media – have found resonance and usefulness world wide.      

The project has also made several poem-films with our Poet in Residence Tawona Sithole and their first Music Video as part of Culture 2014 – the Ha Orchestra.

Project Partner: 
CCA, BEMIS, Refugee Week Scotland, Tawona Sithole, Culture 2014, AHRC, Showman Media

Academic: 
Professor Alison Phipps


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Promoting academic thinking in and about audiovisual culture

 

Dr Inge Sorensen researches the multiplatform strategies of broadcasters like BBC and Channel 4 and the ways in which they create connected viewing experiences around their programmes as well as across devices and platforms, for example around live events like Wimbledon, The Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.

 

Before she became an academic, she worked for a decade as a producer of film, documentary and online content for Channel 4, BBC Scotland, STV and Five. Dr Sorensen is still involved in different productions and these practical media skills feed into her academic work.

 

Dr Sorensen is one of the founders and editors of Audiovisual Thinking, the world’s first international, multidisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of academic videos. The journal’s aim is to develop and promote academic thinking in and about audiovisual culture through the medium of video.

Project Partner: 
Audiovisual Thinking

Academic: 
Dr Inge Sorensen


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Flowers & Floorboards film

Flowers & Floorboards is a research-led film about acts of Kindness in the Community with a focus on three areas in Glasgow -Hillhead, Maryhill and Bearsden. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) which commissioned the film were interested in working with a filmmaker that could bring locality to a subject that lacks a visual vocabulary.

The launch of the film coincided with the publication of a report by ScotCen Social Research in Edinburgh focussing on a better understanding of how informal and formal support happens in local communities and to help organisations improve the support they offer. One of the objectives for the film project was to create a piece of work that could relate to the report creatively.

The filmmaker spent nine month on-and off in the three different parts of Glasgow and made contacts in the local community and engaged into conversations with a wide range of residents from the Community Champion in a supermarket to a church choir in Bearsden.  

The film was premiered in May at a launch event at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. It will be distributed to film festivals and screened at local community events related to the issues of kindness, liveable lives and support in the community.  

Project Partner: 
Joseph Rowntree Foundation and ScotCen Social Research in Edinburgh

Academic: 
Dr Holger Mohaupt

Video: 
https://vimeo.com/128060101 (password: kindness)


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