Dr Ciara Chambers
Dr Ciara Chambers is Head of Film and Screen Media. (Currently on leave).
Department roles incl.: BA Coordinator.
Her research interests include newsreels, amateur film and the recycling of archival images. She is associate editor for the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and a member of the editorial boards of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media and Estudios Irlandeses. She is also a member of the IAMHIST Council and the Irish Screen Studies Board. 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.: 1st and 2nd Year Coordinator; Year Abroad/Erasmus Coordinator; 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. (Currently on leave)
Department roles incl.: 1st Year Coordinator; Teaching & Learning 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 Interim Head of Department and Lecturer in Filmmaking.
Department roles incl.: Mature Students Coordinator; Industry Liaison Officer/Masterclass coordinator; Teaching and Learning Officer.
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.
Tadhg O'Sullivan is Arts Council/UCC Film Artist in Residence
Tadhg is a filmmaker, editor, sound designer and sound recordist. His work has been supported by the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board and a number of international broadcasters. He has collaborated as editor and sound designer with many leading Irish filmmakers and artists. He is known for his work with Pat Collins, and on The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid. He directed The Great Wall, an acclaimed feature on European borders based on a Kafka short story which was screened last year in UCC as part of an event coordinated by Laura. His most recent film To The Moon is due to be released in Irish cinemas in 2021: https://www.screenireland.ie/directory/view/8962/to-the-moon
Professor Laura Rascaroli
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/MRes Coordinator; Industry Liaison Officer/Masterclass Coordinator; Library Officer.
Her research interests include: Silent Cinema, 1914–1927; Film History; Animals and Film/Media; Classical Hollywood Cinema; Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema; Genre Studies.
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 Rahat Imran
Dr Rahat Imran is an MSCA Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork.
Her project, Locating the Storyteller: Muslim Women’s Feminist Autobiographical Cinema from the Islamic World, is mentored by Prof. Laura Rascaroli and is a founding study on first-person and auto/biographical Muslim women’s film. She holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada, and has served as Associate Professor at the University of Lahore, Pakistan. She completed an earlier 2-year MSCA Post-doctoral Fellowship in Cinema Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany. She has published the first academic book on Pakistani documentary cinema: Activist Documentary Film in Pakistan: The Emergence of a Cinema of Accountability (Routledge, 2016; 2018). Research areas: Cinema Studies, Gender Studies, Human Rights, Post-colonial Studies, and women’s issues in the Muslim world.
Dr. Paolo Saporito
Dr. Paolo Saporito is IRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork.
He has a PhD in Italian Studies from McGill University, where he also taught courses on Italian culture and cinema and eco-cinema. His research focuses on how films, online forms of expression and literary texts, as cultural productions, contribute to the development of viable political ecologies and sustainable ethics. The title of his current project, mentored by Prof. Laura Rascaroli, is “Positively Modern: Michelangelo Antonioni and Affirmative Cinematic Ecologies.” The project brings contemporary philosophical definitions of alienation to bear on Antonioni’s films to study their (non)human ecologies from a post-anthropocentric perspective. His preliminary steps in this project include the essay “New Materialism, Female Bodies and Ethics in Antonioni’s L’avventura, La notte and L’eclisse,” published in the edited collection Posthumanism in Italian Literature and Film (2020) and the article “Cinematic Excess and Sustainable Ecologies in Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point” (forthcoming). At McGill University, he organised the event series “The Long 1950s: Popular Culture and the (Un)Making of Italian Identity” and conferences on diversity issues and the environmental humanities. He also co-organized the 38th edition of the Festival International du Film sur l’Art (Montreal, 2020).
Research areas: art cinema; ethics and politics of cultural production; cultural activism; transmediality; material eco-criticism and eco-cinema.
Link to research profile: https://paolosaporito.academia.edu/
Dr Anna Viola Sborgi
Dr Anna Viola Sborgi is an IRC-funded Postdoctoral Researcher 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, Media Homes: Screening Housing Precarity in Ireland, the UK and Portugal from the 2008 crisis to COVID-19, mentored by Prof Laura Rascaroli, investigates transnational mediations of housing inequality, 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 1.80
Tel: 353 021 490-3863
Barry Reilly is Apple Certified Trainer and 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