7th March – Freelance Filmmaker Survival Guide

Presented by Cine Captors and Creative Process Research Unit

Tuesday 7th March at 4.30pm in PRMB1121

The third in a series of screenings and discussions with Filmmakers in FASS

Freelance Filmmaker Survival Guide (1)

This week’s session focuses on MA film making alumni’s experience of working out there in the industry.

This will be an informal session where 4 graduates  discuss their experience working in the Film and Television Industries.

Freddie Osborne, Freelance filmmaker and director of Mandem on the Wall, has been commissioned by E4, Tate, Channel 4 and Film London

Roter Su, freelance filmmaker, founder of Cine Captors

Christiana Karafidou currently working on Poldark for the BBC

Anna Haigh who has worked on productions such as Doctor Strange and Transformers


roter filming CC

Roter Su filming with Cine Captors

All welcome



28th Feb: Unchained screening

The Creative Process Research Unit presents

A screening of final year BA Film student Alex Canovas Rivera’s acclaimed documentary feature Unchained

which recently premiered at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2017, Nevada City, California

Tuesday 28th February,  4.30pm-6.30pm in MB1121

This is the story of the peaceful and educational activism of Carol Buckley (Founder and CEO at Elephant Aid International) about elephants in captivity and how they are trained, forced to long working hours and living in a clearly improvable conditions. 

Unchained follows the work of Carol Buckley and her team, to enhance captive elephant welfare in Nepal, showing by gentle persuasion and example that there is a ‘better way’ to treat elephants in human captivity.
Carol’s is a phased, pragmatic approach to change attitudes; encouraging co-operation, not a confrontation between Nepalese elephant handlers (mahouts) and their ‘essential’ elephant assets, upon which the mahouts rely to sustain themselves in an environment bereft of options.
Unchained needs to be seen. Its message, that through pragmatism and persistence, there is hope that ‘captive’ elephants will gain improved respect and welfare.
Ultimately, there will be a transition away from abusive elephant training for ‘entertainment,’ burdening ‘tourists’ on their spines, to an ‘educated‘ tourist spectacle of herds of unchained ‘captive’ elephants to admire without intrusion; the elephants’ mahouts able to look on with pride, dignity and we hope at long last, a deeply felt mutual respect – a potential atonement indeed.

21st Feb: Floating Home screening

The Creative Process Research Unit and Film Maker in the Family present:

Film making as research: A series of documentaries unfolds the everyday life of immigrants from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China

and Q&A with the director Roter Su 4.30-6.30pm Tuesday 21st February in MB1121

Floating Home Series Ep.3_Screen shot

Director Roter Su will screen the documentary series he produced for his PhD in film making entitled:

Floating Home: A journey of Taiwanese Identity in the UK

The series follows his participants in his research and forms a detailed portrait of their everyday life.

Episode 1: Beyond the Frying Pan

Episode 2: The past, present and future

Episode 3: In between the two cultures

Episode 4: Travel of the Flavour

Episode 5: Little Taiwan

Episode 6: Crouch, hold and engage

Episode 7: A journey to an unknown stop


All welcome

Floating Home Series Ep.6_Screen shot  Floating Home Series Ep.5_Screen shot

supported by Film in FASS, CPRU and Film Maker in the Family

Choreographic Process with Annie Lok

Wednesday 25th January 2017 in PR-SC-G03 Surrey Club big hall, 3-6pm

The studio will be accessible from 2.30pm if people would like to come and warm-up.

Photograph by Rocio Chacon

Photograph by Rocio Chacon

The session draws on Annie’s continuing work and training in Contact Improvisation, Improvisation, Release-based technique and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and her work as a contemporary dance maker (choreographer and performer) for the last 20 years. Dialogues around the politics of health will underpin explorations around her choreographic process and her most recent work Metaphors We Live By.
Some time will be spent focussing on tuning awareness to sensations to help develop connectivity between thinking, feeling and seeing. Looking inward and outward and exploring the relationship between these perceptions with consideration of the private body and the body in public or in ‘performance’.


The session will include elements of experiential anatomy and involve some touch and simple partnering work designed to activate reflective and critical dialogue with our bodies in movement.



Annie Pui Ling Lok

Trained in dance and visual arts, Annie has been working for the last 19 years as an independent choreographer, performer and teacher in the UK and abroad.

She has worked for Matteo Fargion, Siobhan Davies Dance, Les Ballets C de la B and has been a Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance since 2012.

Annie has choreographed over 26 works with professional and non-professional performers; commissions include Beijing Dance Academy (China) Hogeschool Antwerpen (Belgium) CentroCentroCibeles and La Abadia (Madrid) South East Dance and The Place Dance4Camera (UK).

Annie is currently teaching at The Place and Roehampton University on the MA, PG and undergraduate programmes.

She is also a certified biodynamic craniosacral therapist treating clients on a one to one basis.

Photography by Rachel Cherry

Photography by Rachel Cherry




Presented by the Creative Process Research Unit and the Department of Dance.

Contact Caroline Lofthouse


6th February: Marc Isaacs Masterclass

Monday 6th February 11am – 1pm in JG0003

Issacs' 2009 film

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Marc Isaacs will be talking about the ethics of documentary filmmaking.

marc issacsSince 2001 Marc Isaacs has made more than 10 creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards as well as numerous international film festival prizes.

In 2006 he had a retrospective at the prestigious Lussas Documentary film festival in France and his work has been included in numerous documentary books and academic studies.
In 2008, Marc received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. Marc is a guest tutor at the London Film School, the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway University. His latest film ‘Men who sleep in Trucks’ was recently screened on BBC Three.

Watch Marc Isaac’s acclaimed short documentary Lift


Presented by MA film making and the Creative Process Research Unit.

Please arrive before 11am so as not to interrupt the session.

All welcome but no late admission.

13th December Alex McSweeney: Creating Out of the Cage

creating out of the cage image

Tuesday 13th December Penrhyn Road

RB0006, Reg Bailey building,  5.30pm – 6.30pm (refreshments from 5.15pm)

In this presentation, Alex will talk about the creative process in terms of researching archive material, writing and directing his 2015 production, Out of the Cage, which premiered at The Park Theatre, London in 2015 and will be touring nationally in 2017.

creating out of the cage

Out of the Cage was inspired by the ‘munitionettes’ of Silvertown, London, whose strike during World War One challenged contemporary union orthodoxies about equal pay for women and men. Alex will discuss the development of the play, which included a two week R&D phase in 2014, leading to a series of workshop performances at the Rose Theatre, Kingston; how his own creative process as writer and director was informed and enhanced by working with actors; strategies concerning the documentation of the process; finding funding (the production was supported by a range of funders, including Arts Council England); and the future of the project.

You can find out more about Out of the Cage here


2nd December: Vanley Burke – Just My Imagination…

Friday 2nd December, PRMB0012 Clattern Lecture Theatre, 2-4pm

Race and Ethnicity Matter

Just My Imagination… Student Showcase featuring Vanley Burke

vanley burke

Vanley Burke is often described as the ‘Godfather of Black British Photography’, whereby his iconic images have captured the evolving cultural landscape, social change, and stimulated debate in the United Kingdom over the past four decades. He draws strength from remaining a humble man of the community, whose personable character allows him to capture the intimate and private nature of people’s everyday lives.

Vanley will be sharing his experiences of race and ethnicity through a photographer’s lens. He will use his images to explore the impact of culture and change on black people’s lived experiences.

For more information contact Cecilia Cappel, Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences



1st February 2017 – Electronic Literature & The Art of Preservation with Dene Grigar

grigar Wednesday 1st February 2017
Penrhyn Road PRJG0002 17.00 – 18.30
Electronic Literature & The Art of Preservation
Poems created by erasing words through gestures, stories related via a database, performances made with motion tracking technology––these are some of the kind of literary art produced under the category of Electronic Literature. This presentation will provide an overview of Electronic Literature, relaying briefly its history, theories, and methods. It will also discuss some of the challenges the field faces, particularly in regards to preserving and maintaining its art for long term access.
Dene Grigar is Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver whose research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature, specifically building multimedial environments and experiences for live performance, installations, and curated spaces; desktop computers; and mobile media devices. She has authored 14 media works such as “Curlew” (2014), “A Villager’s Tale” (2011), the “24-Hour Micro E-Lit Project” (2009), “When Ghosts Will Die” (2008), and “Fallow Field: A Story in Two Parts” (2005), as well as 52 scholarly articles. She also curates exhibits of electronic literature and media art, mounting shows at the Library of Congress and for the Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA), among other venues. With Stuart Moulthrop (U of Wisconsin Milwaukee) she is co-author of an open-source, multimedia book entitledPathfinders and book of media art criticism, entitled Traversals, for The MIT Press. She is President of the Electronic Literature Organization and Associate Editor of Leonardo Reviews.

30th November Celia Pym – Other People’s Clothes

celia pym worktable

Wednesday 30th November 3-5pm in MB1121 

The Creative Process Research Unit presents

A talk and workshop with Artist Celia Pym

“Traditionally intended to offer an invisible solution Celia Pym uses darning as a form of expression, [here] held up for all to see. Her work is concerned with care: how we support and help others, illustrated through fixing other people’s things.” (Katy Bevan, Selvedge, 2015)

cpru workshop detail

pink and oragne darn

green and orange darnPym makes darned garments, knitted and embroidered textiles and public textile events. She loves a heavy darn and the feel of really worn down wool; the evidence of use in holes and where they occur; working with other people’s problems and the tenderness that can come with repair. She works surfaces closely like a detective and loves the way a darn looks: “wobbly frayed edges against confident solid filled in spots.”

Pym has exhibited across the UK, France, Italy, Norway, Japan and USA. Most recently in Love the Yarn: Festival of Love with Lasmin Salmon (ActionSpace)(2015) Royal Festival Hall,

Southbank Center and What do I need to do to make it ok? (2015) Pump House Gallery, London.  Recent collaborations include 59 Sorties (2016), with Nouveau Musee National de Monaco and Parallel Practices Residency (Crafts Council/Kings Cultural Institute) (2014-2016) with Dr Richard Wingate exploring anatomy and mending in KCL’s Dissecting Room.

Hope's Sweater 1951 (detail) Celia Pym

Hope’s Sweater 1951 (detail) Celia Pym



Celia Pym studied Sculpture at Harvard University and Textiles at The Royal College of Art, London. She is a qualified nurse and teaches part time as a visiting lecturer in textiles at Royal College of Art and University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She lives and works in London.

22nd November Launch of ERC SEXHUM project & Screening of Travel

The Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID), at the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences present the Launch of the ERC project SEXHUM: migration, sex work and trafficking

Tuesday 22nd November, 6.30pm Clattern Lecture Theatre MB00013, Penrhyn Road

Gina Joy, Travel film still

Joy Nico, Travel film still

The event will include a presentation by Prof Nicola Mai, SEXHUM’s Principal Investigator, and the UK première screening of his new documentary ethnofiction Travel (63min), which examines the experiences of migration, sex work and trafficking of Nigerian women selling sex in Paris.

Book for SEXHUM launch

More about SEXHUM: migration, sex work and trafficking

16th November Practice as Research Clinic


pianos in circle caroline wilkins

Caroline Wilkins’ Embodiment and Performance project


Roter Su

Roter Su presents his research films for his Floating Home PhD project


Sculptor and sculpture

Shaping your research (Barbara Hepworth at work)

Wednesday 16th November 5pm

5pm JG5009, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road

Practice as Research

This is a session for current PhD students and early career researchers whose research involves an element of artistic practice.  The event is an opportunity to share experiences, perspectives, skills and tips with researchers in parallel disciplines in the departments of Dance, Drama, Music, Film & Media.


Portrait by Harald Fronzeck

Guest speaker Dr. Caroline Wilkins

Independent composer/performer/researcher Dr. Caroline Wilkins comes from a background of new music performance, composition and theatre, and has worked extensively on solo and collaborative productions involving these.

She studied music at the Royal College of Music followed by new music theatre composition in Cologne, later completing a practice-based PhD in sound-theatre at Brunel University. Formerly she taught at Sydney Conservatorium of Music whilst pursuing parallel studies in theatre skills.

Caroline Wilkins

Current activities include conference presentations and academic publications alongside her work as a practitioner. A particular interest lies in the creation of new forms of presentation, whether in the fields of inter-medial sound theatre, sound poetry or performance art.





Film making lecturer Roter Su will be talking about his recently completed PhD in film making entitled Floating Home: A Journey of Taiwanese Identity for which he made a series of 7 short films and a feature documentary.



Booking recommended: Book tickets here

For further information please contact:

Alex Mermikides or Maria Mencia


9th November – Careful


Careful Performers Archana Ballal, Philippa Hambly and Helena Rice.

Performers Archana Ballal (in green dress), Philippa Hambly (in navy scrubs) and Helena Rice (light blue dress)
Photograph by Anna Tanczos

Wednesday 9th November 7.45pm

Rose Theatre Studio, Kingston

Careful is a work-in-progress dance/theatre performance that puts its audience in the care of five over-stretched nurses. The piece explores the meaning – and limits – of empathy, within and beyond the clinical setting, asking what it means to care for others in an era of individualism.

A post-show discussion will give an insight into the creative process, which involved collaboration with experts in the field of nursing.

Careful is supported by public funds through the Arts Council of England.

Devised on a concept by Alex Mermikides (Senior Lecturer in Drama, Kingston University).

Book tickets here

Presented by CPRU

Careful oxygen mask

Performer Thalia-Marie Papadopoulos
Photograph by Anna Tanczos






Descent to the Human


Thursday 20th October, Close-Up Film Centre, E1 6HR

A screening of short films by Fiona Curran, Charlie Murphy & Kay Walsh which explore the animal and the human through the fragmentary prism of nature and decay.Navigating water, wood, landscape and the sediment of life, these films journey in search of the dark and secret places of refuge.

7.00             Drinks Reception 
7.30             Introduction by Mark Segal
, Director of The Artists Agency

7.45 & 8.45 Screenings (the programme takes place in two parts)

Fiona Curran is a sonic artist who works with film, sound, poetry and text. Her work encompasses the mash-up, the sonic glare and wall of sound installations.
Charlie Murphy works with photography, performance, sculpture and video to create dramatic installations, public events and exhibitions.
Kay Walsh uses video, photography and sound to take us on slow
journeys in the landscape and hidden spaces within them.
We look forward to welcoming you to view this new work at :
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR

Film maker in the Family


Discussion at the BFI event

Discussion at the Film maker in the Family event at the BFI Southbank

film maker in the family

A curated screening of work by staff, doctoral and postgraduate students from the MA film making in the School of Performance and Screen Studies at Kingston examining the intersection of film making and family life.

BFI Southbank Studio, Saturday 24th September 1-5pm


This event is sold out


This event is presented by the CPRU

52 PORTRAITS: Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning in conversation

With: Adrian Heathfield and Sarah Whatley

Friday 1 July 2016, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus


Organiser: Daniela Perazzo Domm

A screening of selected video works from the online digital project
“52 Portraits” by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning, followed by a roundtable discussion with invited guests: Prof Adrian Heathfield (University of Roehampton), Prof Sarah Whatley (Coventry University), Kloe Dean (dancer) and Antonio de la Fe (dancer).

The 52 Portraits Project

More information

In collaboration with: Creative Process Research Unit (CPRU)

Supported by: PASS PSE Fund