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Matthew Hawkins, LSBU

Matthew Hawkins

Lecturer and Level 4 Coordinator for Film Practice

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    020 7815 5472
  • School/Division:
    Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Film Practice in the Division of Film and Media, School of Arts and Creative Industries. He specialises in film practice as research with an interest in affect and tone in narrative cinema, documentary film, and experimental practice. His films are regularly screened nationally and internationally at film festivals and academic conferences. He is the recipient of both the European (Milan, Italy) and the North American (San Francisco, USA) jury prizes for documentary practice from the Association for Consumer Research.

Matthew’s film practice has received funding from the National Lottery and Channel 4, The Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, Team London GLA (Mayor of London), and The Capital Foundation Trust: Grassroots Fund.

His PhD, entitled The Concept of Affective Tonality and the Role of the Senses in Producing a Cinematic Narrative, is focused on the concept of affective tonality, and how this can be used as a tool for understanding the experience of cinema, and how film theory can emerge through film practice, drawing theoretically on the empiricism of Gilles Deleuze, and the wider field of film-philosophy.

Matthew teaches in the areas of:

  • Physical Filmmaking
  • Documentary Theory
  • Documentary Practice
  • Research Practice
  • Future Film Practice

Matthew’s is currently researching the ontology of film practice, experimental approaches to documentary practice, and visual methodologies.

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  • Member of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
  • Member of British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)
  • Peer review board – Screenworks, The Journal of Media Practice
  • Peer review board – Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
  • Founding member, The Edge of the City Film Festival
  • Founding member, Plumstead Integration Project