Dr Ciara Chambers
Dr Ciara Chambers is Lecturer Film and Screen Media and Head of Department. She is on research leave on July–December 2023.
Department roles incl.: Mature Students Liaison; ACE Liaison; Puttnam Scholarship Coordinator.
Her research interests include newsreels, amateur film and the recycling of archival images. She is a council member of the International Association of Media History and associate editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. She is also a member of the consultative board of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media and the board of advisors of Estudios Irlandeses. She was scriptwriter and associate producer on Éire na Nuachtscannán www.irelandinthenewsreels.com, a six-part television series broadcast on TG4. She is currently working on the AHRC/IRC-funded Make Film History project in partnership with Kingston University, the BBC, the British Film Institute, Northern Ireland Screen and the IFI Irish Film Archive.
Dr Abigail Keating
Dr Abigail Keating is Lecturer in Film and Screen Media.
Department roles incl.: BA Degree Director; 2nd Year Coordinator; Erasmus/International Students Coordinator.
Her main research areas include women and film/media, contemporary cinema, 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.
Dr Barry Monahan
Dr Barry Monahan is Lecturer in Film Studies.
Department roles incl.: PhD Coordinator, Research Officer.
His main teaching and research interests are: the history and aesthetics of Irish and other national cinemas and film theory.
James Mulvey is Lecturer in Film Studies.
Department roles incl: 3rd Year Coordinator.
His main teaching and research interests include the essay film, the portrait film, fiction/non-fiction and film-philosophy. He is the Reviews Editor for Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media and the English Language Editor for Cinergie Journal. He is the Early Careers Researcher representative for the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in the division of film studies. He is the features and documentary programmer for IndieCork film festival, with an emphasis on fostering independent, essayistic and art cinema, where he focuses on developing links between the academic and filmic communities.
Dan O'Connell is Lecturer in Filmmaking.
Department roles incl.: Media Marketing Officer; MA Director (Semester 2, 2023–2024)
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.
Professor Laura Rascaroli
Laura Rascaroli is Professor in Film and Screen Media and Acting Head of Department.
Her research interests span European and World cinemas; experimental nonfiction, the essay film, and first-person cinemas; artist film and the post-medium moving image; film space and geopolitics; and the politics of form. She is the author of several monographs, including How the Essay Film Thinks (Oxford UP, 2017), The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (Wallflower, 2009), and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (Wallflower, 2006), and coeditor of collections including Expanding Cinema: Theorizing Film Through Contemporary Art (Amsterdam UP, 2020) and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (BFI, 2011). Her work has been translated into several languages. She is the General Editor of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.
Dr Gwenda Young
Dr Gwenda Young is Lecturer in Film and Screen Media.
Department roles incl.: MA Director; MRes Coordinator; Library Officer; Arts Council/Film Artist Coordinator.
Her research interests include: Silent Cinema, 1914–1927; Film History; Animals and Film/Media; Classical Hollywood Cinema; Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema; Genre Studies.
Maximilian Le Cain
Maximilian Le Cain is Arts Council/UCC Film Artist in Residence.
Maximilian Le Cain has created a prolific and acclaimed body of moving image work including features, shorts, installations and film-related performances. His filmmaking proposes a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting. Accepted visual and storytelling codes are encouraged to collapse into a more personalised system that approaches moving imagery as an experiential construct open to possession by multiple claims of memory and interpretation.
Le Cain is currently completing Solitaire (2023), a feature made with the support of an Arts Council Project Award. Recent works include Daughter of the Sun (2021), a short based on the Irish legend of the Cailleach Beara that screened at the 2022 Cork International Film Festival; and Blissed (2022), a feature presented at ECRÃ Festival, Brazil. He created an expanded cinema performance, Two Times in One Space, for Oberhausen Film Festival 2022 in collaboration with Léa Lanoë.
Le Cain is affiliated with Experimental Film Society (EFS), a Dublin-based company dedicated to the production and distribution of experimental cinema. His work featured in an exhibition and event series at Project Arts Centre, Dublin in May/June 2021 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of EFS. He frequently works in partnership with Vicky Langan. Their decade-long collaboration has created an intimate but unsettling personal universe in film and performance. He is also a programmer and writer on cinema.
Lord David Puttnam
Lord David Puttnam is Adjunct Professor of Film and Screen Media 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.
Dr Anna Viola Sborgi
Dr Anna Viola Sborgi is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork.
Her research focuses on screen representations of the home and housing in Europe, and on London and gentrification. Her current project, MEDIAHOMES: Housing Precarity on Screen in Ireland, Portugal and the UK from the 2008 crisis to COVID-19, mentored by Prof Laura Rascaroli, investigates transnational mediations of housing inequality in Europe, their production and circulation. She was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Genoa, Italy, where she worked on post-2000 representations of high-rise and tower-block living within the London skyline. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (King’s College London) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Genoa). She has recently published on contemporary British documentary and the housing crisis in Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe (EUP, 2020) and on the mediations of the Grenfell Tower Fire in After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (Pluto, 2019). She is an editorial board member at Mediapolis: a Journal of Cities and Culture and co-chairs the Space and Place Workgroup at NECS-European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.
Ms. Linda Murphy
Linda Murphy, Executive Assistant.
Office: O'Rahilly Building 1.26
Tel: 353 021 490-3863
Barry Reilly is Apple Certified Trainer and Senior Technical Officer in Film and Screen Media.
Department roles incl.: Health and Safety Officer; Fire Marshal.
A graduate in Broadcast Systems Engineering, he went on to work for one of Ireland's largest independent Broadcasters 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.
Office: Kane B10D
Tel: 021 490-2237