Film@CultureLab is a new state of the art centre for Film Practice at Newcastle University. It provides a space for the convergence of creative vision, aesthetic innovation and critical thinking to produce distinctive forms of cinematic art.
It offers a conducive environment for interdisciplinary practice-based experimentation in filmmaking that problematises formatted approaches to non-fiction filmmaking dominating the broadcast industry. It also allows for explorations into hybrid possibilities and new ways of visualising narratives that reside in the meshes of reality and fiction.
The aim is to arrive at distinctive forms of film practices that draw on the realist imperative of observational documentary and the expressivist slant of fiction to herald a cinematic docu-expressivism.
We at Film@CultureLab:
- believe that the art and craft of intellectually meaningful creative filmmaking is premised on the cultivation of a sophisticated filmic sensibility gained through exposure to great work of cinematic art and critical reflective practice.
- engage with the relationship between film theory and film making, between aesthetic design and social relevance and between technological innovation and political critique.
- approach filmmaking as a way of being-in-the-world: a way of expressing, challenging, interrogating, intervening in the social and historical world.
- advocate filmmaking as a creative-art-based political practice committed to humanity, truth and socially progressive values.
Film@CultureLab is home to two undergraduate degrees – Film & Media and Film Practices – and our PhD by Film Practice. It also houses our flagship screening and seminar series Film Praxis, where filmmakers, artists, curators and writers present and critique their own work and other films. An MA in Creative Film Practice is under development.
Teaching and research is led by award winning scholar-filmmakers Ian McDonald and Geetha J. supported by Teaching Fellow Simon Rushton and a dedicated team of film technicians. Acclaimed filmmakers Nick Broomfield and John Akomfrah are currently Visiting Professors of Film Practice based in Film@CultureLab.
Committed to high quality practice-based teaching and research, socially progressive in orientation, and international in our reach, Film@CultureLab is a filmic expression of Newcastle University as a World Class Civic University.
Film@CultureLab Role & Remit:
To give film practice at Newcastle University an identity – both within the University community and beyond.
To provide a stimulating environment for the development of creative film practice at UG, PG taught levels and in PG Research and Staff research.
To facilitate synergies between film practice and other creative practices such as Fine Art, Music and Digital Cultures.
To facilitate interaction between Film Practice and the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science disciplines within the University.
To act as a vibrant hub for the broader film practice community, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Dr Ian McDonald