Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader
Lucy Leake is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film, leading on the Contextual Practice modules which examine key theories and debates in visual culture, guiding students towards combining theory and practice, to better their development as filmmakers. She is an active member of the Plymouth College of Art Student Engagement and Experience Committee, championing the Student Voice in college policy-building and decision-making, and is a member of RAISE UK (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement).
Lucy also holds the position of Secretary on the Executive Board of NAHEMI (National Association of Higher Education in Moving Image), the organisation that represents the centres of excellence for the teaching of film, television, video, animation and digital media practice in the UK and in Ireland.
Lucy’s film practice and research is focused around the notion of memory and the familial lens, and how family stories are fabricated, gendered and collectively re-remembered in a digital age. She celebrates the narratives of everyday life and is also fascinated by the creation of monsters, and how we use these in our film, media and cultural storytelling. She is a member of the Family Ties Network and has had her research included in Making Futures, RAISE 2017, CICAP 2016 and The Aesthetic of Renewal.
Lucy’s pedagogic research focuses on student engagement and innovative approaches to teaching. She has had articles published in the Creative Industries Global Conference 2017, and the Higher Education Academy Attainment in Art and Design Report 2017. She regularly attends conferences that champion the student experience, and which allow educators to share innovative approaches to teaching film, including CILECT Teaching Cinematography held at Hochschule, Munich 2017, and CILECT Teaching Documentary to be held in Bolzano, Italy 2018.
Lucy has also recently been appointed as Associate Editor for Screenworks (Journal of Screen Media Practice) which publishes practice research that produces new knowledge in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Performing Arts and related fields.
Lucy is passionate about the Film Programme at Plymouth College of Art, and the potential it offers emerging filmmakers to be the best they can be.
Andrew James is a successful filmmaker, performer and artist with over twenty years experience working freelance both in the UK and internationally. His practice combines choreography, shooting film, installations and working with sonic artists, with a focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration. He has extensive experience working in the art departments for TV, adverts, animation and theatre.
Andrew studied for a BA (Hons) in Photography, Film and Video at London College of Communication and also has an MA in Contemporary Film Practice from the University of Plymouth. Andrew has written for The International Journal of Screendance and has been lecturing in film since 2009. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a British professional institution promoting excellence in higher education that awards fellowships as a method of professional recognition for university teachers.
In his role as a lecturer, Andrew has developed a range of skills and approaches to supporting students’ creative development, including innovative practical workshops where the creative, technical and conceptual aspects of the art form can be experienced, comprehended and applied.
Alongside being actively involved in performance art projects such as Claudia Kappenberg’s ‘Slow Race’, Andrew’s professional experience includes shooting commercials for some of the biggest brands in the world, including directing the drone unit for an Oakley advert, featuring the brand’s world class surfers riding waves on location in Costa Rica.
Chris Bailey is a filmmaker, creative entrepreneur and lecturer. After studying for a BA (Hons) in Writing For the Media at Exeter University, he went on to do an MA in Film at the University of Reading, with a focus on collaborative arts and participatory video. Alongside his strong academic background, Chris has a great deal of experience in the commercial side of the industry, as he runs his own production business, OPENhand Creative. He has been lecturing in FE and HE since 2014. His experience covers practical filmmaking, script writing, writing copy, PR and promotional activity.
With a passion for all things film and TV, Chris is a committee member of the Royal Television Society (SW) and has had one of his short films selected as part of a BAFTA showcase. Chris is also a founding member of Imperfect Orchestra, which works with emerging film and video artist filmmakers, as well as with established films, to create 'live soundtrack events'. Chris also works with Plymouth Music Education Hub and has run a host of community film and video workshops over the years.
Kaz is an artist, filmmaker and curator whose style explores the intersection between Islamic artistic expression, the natural elements and contemporary culture. He has been awarded both Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts Grants.
His work has screened or exhibited at venues such as Anthology Film Archives in New York City, National Film Board of Canada in Toronto, Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, India Habitat Centre in Delhi, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and The San Jose Museum of Art in California.
He is the writer/director/producer of two feature films; Salaat (2010) revolves around the five Muslim prayers and was broadcast on Turkish TV, and Deccani Souls (2012) is a mystical journey that weaves characters through the portentous streets, cafes and chaos of Hyderabad. Both films played across India and have been featured in The Times of India, The Hindu and The Indian Express.
Kaz studied in Canada, England and the USA and has an MFA in Media Arts (writing/directing) from The City College of New York (CUNY). He has previously taught Fine Art at numerous colleges and universities in Hyderabad, India and taught all aspects of filmmaking for five years in the Digital Film and Video Department at The Art İnstitute of Pittsburgh, USA. He was lecturer in the Department of Cinema and TV at Istanbul Sehir University (2014-15) and was lecturer in Communication and Sociology at Istanbul University, Turkey.
His book Islamic Art and Modernism was published in 2017 and offers a thematic new look at how Islamic Art embodies, exemplifies and invents many aspects of Modernism in Painting, Architecture and Film.
John is interested in the methodological approaches to [moving] image making and the ways in which traditional approaches to practice can be challenged. He negotiates questions located at the interface between theory and practice in order to go beyond the consideration that film practice or filmmaking consists of a series of mechanised functions.
John’s approach to film practice is grounded in historical and cultural reference points that inform his work (for example, Afro-Brasilian religion, Blaxploitation Cinema, the colonial experience in World War II). John is interested in the use of theoretical models to analyse key filmic themes such as Genre, Hegemony, Ideology, Classical Narrative and Melodrama.
John’s PhD thesis concerned forms of representation of the Black Subject in the moving image and the reconsideration of Diaspora theory in the age of digital filmmaking. John joined the Film team in 2014.
Dominic is a media and sound artist with over 10 years of experience working both in the education and multimedia industry. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2005 with an MSc in Creative Technology and since worked for several media companies in the Yorkshire area mostly notably, DS Emotion and Label Media. He as previously taught degree and master courses at the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Spirit Studios in Manchester.
He is also currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Manchester, where he has begun work a thesis on DIY music in West Yorkshire post-2000. He also wrote his first research article about DIY music in Devon for the Punk and Post Punk Journal, through Intellect publishing. He has presented talks on DIY and independent music making in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Portugal.
In addition to his academic pursuits, he is a musician, multi-instrumentalist and sound ecologist who has been recording, performing and touring around the world for over the last 15 years. He also continues to perform in several bands and previously promoted gigs and ran a DIY label in Leeds. His professional client work has been featured on the BBC, Channel 4, E4, The Leeds International Film Festival and worked alongside members of the New York Film-Makers' Cooperative.
Neal Kirk received his PhD in English Literature from Lancaster University under the supervision of Professor Catherine Spooner. He received his MS.c in Literature and Society 1688-1900 from the University of Edinburgh. He double majored in English Literature and Mass Communications for his BA at the University of Denver.
His work is included in the collections, Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon (Aldana-Reyes and Blake, 2016) and Gothic and Death (Carol Margaret Davison, 2016) and the forthcoming Gothic and the Arts (Punter). Neal has thought in Sociology, Media and Cultural studies, and English literature and continues to explore digital media, digital culture and digital art forms. In addition to this academic background, Neal has over 20 years of experience working professionally in the radio, television, film and new media industries.
Neal works as a Lecturer on our BA (Hons) Digital Media Production and BA (Hons) Film courses, and he teaches the Digital Media Production module: Media Production – Music Video. He also teaches two film modules, the first-year module, Interdisciplinary Film and the second year module, Negotiated Project.
Russell Cleave is a Director of Photography and a musician with a specialised interest in DIY culture. He is involved in several ongoing underground music projects as well as creating his own independent short films that are heavily influenced by the South West of England.
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changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).