Dominic Lees

Position: Associate Head of Department, Filmmaking

Department: Film and Journalism, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)

I am Associate Head of Department (Filmmaking) at UWE’s Bower Ashton Studios, overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in film practice.  I am a film director and screenwriter, with a career spanning 22 years in the UK television and film industries.  I have directed 35 episodes of TV drama, across genres such as police procedural, medical, youth and legal.  My indie feature film, ‘Outlanders’, received five awards at international film festivals and was released in UK cinemas.  Its themes of migration and globalisation led to its use as a campaigning and educational tool, touring communities in Bolivia and Cuba.  My films, short and long, have appeared in festivals such as Venice, Chicago, Edinburgh and Rio de Janeiro.

I teach film directing at UWE, along with management responsibilities.  I am research active in the fields of film practice and theory.

My research expertise is in theories of film practice in independent feature filmmaking.  My publications in academic journals also cover themes of televisuality, visual style, and the convergence between film and TV.  My practice research currently looks at the creative and ethical concerns around the digital simulation of public figures in fiction films.

I am very interested to hear from potential PhD students whose interests are in the areas of film practice, film style, convergence, and contemporary independent film, particularly those who are considering a project using practice-based research in filmmaking.  This might be looking at directing practices, as well as other areas of film production.  I also welcome research students with interests in the study of visual style in film.  I have additional expertise in the study of television: I can support PhD students researching from a theoretical standpoint as well as those with interests in the industrial and practice methods of the television industry.