Dr Ciara Chambersis Lecturer in Contemporary Film and Screen Media. Discipline roles incl.: Final Year Coordinator; PhD Coordinator; Library Officer.
Her research interests include newsreels, amateur film and the recycling of archival images. She has worked on a range of archival projects and digitization initiatives with the Irish Film Archive, Northern Ireland Screen, Belfast Exposed Photography, UTV, BBC, and the British Universities Film and Video Council. She is book reviews editor for the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and scriptwriter and associate producer on Éire na Nuachtscannán (Ireland in the Newsreels), a six part television series broadcast on TG4 in autumn 2017.
Dr Abigail Keatingis Lecturer in Film and Screen Media. Discipline roles incl.: Year Abroad/Erasmus Coordinator; International Students Coordinator; Research Seminar Coordinator.
Her main research areas include women and film/media, contemporary cinemas, screen media culture, protest media, and pop culture, on which she has published widely. She has worked freelance as an editor and videographer for many local and national organisations, and has worked in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute a number of times, through projects and lecture series. She is currently working on a book on women and the contemporary screen.
Dan O'Connell is Practitioner in Residence in Film and Screen Media. Discipline roles incl.: Mature Students Coordinator; Industry Liaison Officer/Masterclass coordinator.
He is a multi award-winning director and has written and directed dozens of short films and documentaries, which have been screened at film festivals both locally and internationally. He is Director at SUPEREGO, a high-quality video production company with large multinational clients, which aims to deliver promotional, fashion and event video to a growing online market. He is also founder of egomotion.net, Cork's online filmmaking hub with over 400 members, where filmmakers can share knowledge, participate in each other's projects and share resources. Egomotion have also hosted various screenings, workshops and meet-and-greets in order to promote local filmmaking talent.
His current project, which is funded by the Irish Research Council, focuses on European science fiction cinema. He has co-edited two collections on science fiction cinema and is currently writing a monograph on contemporary European cinemas for which he is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan. He has published articles on British science fiction, the history of European science fiction, Michael Haneke, John Ford, the road movie, tourism in cinema, and film production. He previously worked at the University of Bremen.
Professor Laura Rascaroliis Co-Head of Film and Screen Media. Discipline roles incl.: 2nd Year Coordinator; Graduate Studies Coordinator; Research Officer.
Her interests span art film, modernism and postmodernism, geopolitics, space (the city, the road), nonfiction, the essay film, and first-person cinema, often in relation to issues of social, political, intellectual and artistic European history. She is the author and editor of several volumes, including The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (2009), Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (2006), co-written with Ewa Mazierska, and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (2011), co-edited with John David Rhodes. Her forthcoming book How the Essay Film Thinks will be published by Oxford UP in 2017.
Dr Gwenda Young is Co-Head of Film and Screen Media. Discipline roles incl.: MA/MRes Coordinator; Graduate Studies Coordinator; Industry Liaison Officer/ Masterclass Coordinator.
She is Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of English at University College Cork. Her research interests include: Silent Cinema, 1914–1927; Film History; Animals and Film/Media; Classical Hollywood Cinema; Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema; Genre Studies.
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Mark O’Halloran is Arts Council/ UCC Film Artist in Residence.
He is an award winning writer and actor. His screenwriting credits include the films Garage, Adam & Paul and Viva, all of which have been recognised internationally. He has also written for television (the TV series Prosperity) and for theatre (Trade). As an actor he has worked with all the major theatre companies in Ireland and has appeared in numerous films, most notably as one of the eponymous heroes in Adam & Paul and as the lead role of MP in History’s Future. He also had roles in The Guard, Calvary and Viva.
Lord David Puttnam is Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at UCC.
David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 BAFTAs and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the 'creative and communications' industries.
Barry Reilly is Multimedia and IT Technical Officer in Film and Screen Media. Discipline roles incl.: Health and Safety Officer; Fire Marshal.
A graduate in Film and Video Technology from Southampton Solent University, he went on to work for Setanta Transmissions Limited as a Broadcast Technician. His role there included technical supervision of the company’s live studio events as well as broadcast engineer on global news channel guest interviews.