Denzil Monk

Job title
Associate Lecturer
Email
denzil.monk@falmouth.ac.uk

Denzil Monk is a cultural entrepreneur. Over the last two decades he has cultivated, led and worked in senior roles at an array of businesses, charities and social enterprises, including appointments as executive producer at creative production studio DOGBITE (2012/15), founder/MD at awen productions CIC (2006/13), development director at Hi8us Cornwall (2006/7), senior producer at Chew TV (2007/9), chair of Cornwall Film Festival (2006/09) and Cornish representative to Celtic Media Festival (2011-2014).

His previous work includes bringing to life the largest mechanical puppet ever created in Britain: standing at over 10 metres tall, the Man Engine was the major event commissioned for the Tinth anniversary celebrations of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Landscape; a two-week participative ritual pilgrimage stretching the length of Kernow, drawing a live audience of 150,000 people to 22 public events, with a global media reach of over 112 million.

Denzil joined Falmouth University as an associate lecturer at the School of Film & Television in 2014, specialising in producing, and also contributing to post-graduate online curriculum development in creative business entrepreneurship. He is currently engaged at digital distribution service Cinegi as Venues and Communications Manager for Cinegi Arts&Film: an action research project to test how a digital distribution service could bring filmed arts and cultural content, alongside BFI programming, to new and wider audiences as a shared experience in non-traditional venues and in places offering limited arts infrastructure and engagement.

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

As a writer and producer my work explores identity, place, perception and the dynamics of collective action. I’m interested in transmedia narratives and geo-locational experiences, experimental and explorative theatre and filmmaking, and hybrid distribution. I have an extensive creative, technical and cultural skillset; an intuitive understanding of narrative and an astute command of production workflows from conception, through development and execution, to cinema, broadcast & digital deliverables. I’ve produced three feature films, a featurette, a profusion of drama shorts, documentaries, animations, commercials, promos and several mobile apps; winning recognition from national and international awards. In 2010 I was welcomed into the College of Bards of the Cornish Gorsedh for services to Cornish film.

Research topics

(re)connecting to the landscape using digital technology
cultural management
Digital Distribution

Teaching

Areas of teaching

Creative Production
Film
film production
script writing

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Film

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Non-exec Director | o-region (2007- current) Board level responsibility, independent film & theatre production company.Executive Committee Member | Celtic Media Festival (Nov 2011 – Apr 2014) Representing Cornwall. Co-Chair of local organising committee at Porth Ia / St Ives 2014.
Chair | Cornwall Cultural Partnership (Dec 2010 – Mar 2014) Aims to provide strategic leadership for the cultural sector to ensure that culture forms the foundation of creating a sustainable future for Cornwall. Director (non-executive) | Creative Kernow (Jan 2007 – July 2010)  A development organisation for the arts and media sectors in Cornwall. Board responsibility representing interests of film & media sub-sector.Trustee | Acorn Arts Centre (Jan 2005 – Jan 2009) A small, independently run arts venue with charitable status, in the heart of Penzance Hi8us Cornwall Development Director | Hi8us Projects Ltd (Aug 2006 – Dec 2007) Responsible for all aspects of project development, funding, delivery and evaluation across Cornwall as part of Hi8us Projects transnational ESF funded Inclusion Through Media programme. 

Business engagement

Business start ups

Executive Producer | Innerscope Pictures Ltd (Feb 2016 -)
Board level responsibility for strategic development of creative digital startup. EP on selected projects.
Founder/CEO | Western Light Pictures(April 2015 – )
Responsible for strategic direction, business development and management. Producer / EP role across development & production slate. 
Founder/MD | Moviebees (May 2012 – Jan 2013)
THE SOCIAL FILM MARKET. Connecting filmmakers with fans and investors to help get more of the films that you want to see get made. Digital startup. Raised £40K seed investment. Shortlisted for Ignite Business Plan Competition 2012 

Business engagement case studies

 

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