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A Whistle-stop Tour of Film and Broadcasting in the College of Arts

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Film and Broadcasting in the College of Arts works through many different channels. Our research contributes to television programmes and documentaries, and members of the College of Arts appear on television too. We also research how television programmes are made, for example at BBC Scotland as well as what makes film festival audiences tick. We have founded film festivals and programmed them on the basis of our research interests, such as the Africa in Motion festival. We are also interested in the future of the film industry in Scotland and how we can shape Scotland’s talent.

Dr Tony Pollard and his long-time collaborator Neil Oliver went in search of the site of the Battle of Bannockburn with BBC Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. The series celebrated the 700 year anniversary of the battle, and their findings were used in the new NTS visitor centre.

A more experimental documentary is also in progress with Connolly Clark Films about the history of Doomster Hill in Govan, formerly the seat of the Kings of Strathclyde. This programme builds on a decade of research by Professor Stephen Driscoll and aims to educate people locally and nationally about Govan’s forgotten history.

Dr Lyn Whitaker researched the public service culture at BBC Scotland’s Children’s department in her AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award, while another award-holder studied the cinema audiences of the Glasgow Film Festival. These partnerships show how collaborative relationships can benefit the student, university and organisation.

The now well-known Africa in Motion film festival was founded ten years ago by Dr Lizelle Bischoff and informed by her research interests. Since then, over 20,000 people have watched more than 300 African films in Glasgow and Edinburgh venues. We are also involved in the International Documentary Human Rights film festival.

In 2014, two academics received Royal Sociey of Edinburgh workshop funding to explore Scotland’s film talent and how best it could be supported. With the possibility of a Scottish film studio on the horizon, Dr Katherine Champion and Dr Lisa Kelly wanted to bring academics and industry practitioners together to discuss future policies and research agendas.

So if you want to contribute to the next instalment of our Film & Broadcasting success story, or you have an idea for a new project, get in touch with Fraser Rowan at or contact us @GlasgowUniArts.

Text by Jennifer Hilder. Watch Jennifer’s video ‘Film & Broadcasting in 52 seconds‘.

Learn more about Film and Broadcasting or discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts. View all of our Film and Broadcasting case studies in full.

*Image: Cara Connolly and Martin Clark. Image © Connolly Clark Films.

Post Author: Fraser Rowan

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