Professor Chris Morris

Job title
Director of The School of Film & Television
Email
chris.morris@falmouth.ac.uk

Christopher Morris is a documentary filmmaker and professor of documentary practice. His work in radio and television encompasses documentary, drama, commercials and party political broadcasts. Recurring themes include the lives of young people (and the changing nature of childhood), faith and religion and issues of social justice and marginalised communities. Since leaving the BBC in 2003, Chris has been working as a freelance documentary director/producer and a story consultant. Recent projects include Fog of Sex, a Lottery funded drama/documentary about student sex workers and Mametz, a Lottery funded WW1 site-specific play with Owen Sheers and National Theatre Wales.

Chris has also established a reputation as an edit consultant and story doctor - recent feature documentary credits include Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (Sullivan 2018) a film about the life of Frank Sidebottom, and When Two Worlds Collide (Brandenburg/Orzel 2016) in which an indigenous environmental activist takes on the large businesses that are destroying the Amazon. Chris also worked as a story consultant in the edit suite on Gruff Rhys's American Interior (2014) and Separado (2010). 

He has won three BAFTA awards, a Royal Television Society award, the Premios Ondas and prizes at the Berlin, Chicago and Celtic film festivals. In 2009 he won a gold award at the Association for International Broadcasters, for Children of God, a BBC World Service radio documentary about child evangelism.

He is now the director of the School of Film & Television at Falmouth University. 

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
1987
MA (RCA)
Royal College of Art
1985
1st class BA (hons)
Newport Art College

Honours and awards

YearDescription

2016 - Winner Celtic Media Awards Best Film for Young People). 2015 - Winner BAFTA Cymru (Best Factual Cinematography)
2012 - Celtic Media Festival (Loserville - Best Single Drama)

2009 - Association for International Broadcasters (Children of God – Best Current Affairs Doc – Radio)
2007 - Celtic Media Festival (An American in Aberfan – Best Television Documentary)
2001 - Celtic Film Festival (Fragments In Time - Best European Radio Doc)
2001 - Premios Ondas (Fragments In Time - Best Radio Doc)

2001 - Kino short film festival (Three Minutes of Torture - Special Jury Prize) 

2001- Berlin Film Festival (Three Minutes of torture - Winner - Films against violence/intolerance)
2000 - BAFTA CYMRU (Lord of the Flies - Best Director) 

2000 - BAFTA CYMRU (Lord of the Flies - Best Education)

1999 - Celtic Film Festival (History File - Best Education)

1995 - BAFTA (As Seen on TV - Best Children’s programme - factual)
 1995 - Royal Television Society Awards (As Seen on TV - Best Children’s programme - factual)
1995 - The Chicago Film Festival (As Seen on TV - Best Children’s factual)

1995 - Prix Jeunesse (As Seen on TV - Special Jury Prize for innovation)
1994 - Race In The Media Awards (Dynamite: Our Cousin Rohit – Best Current Affairs Programme, TV)

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

The overarching research question is concerned with marginalisation:

The marginalisation of storiesMarginalised peopleMarginalised communities

Research Programme Affiliations

Research students

Current research students

Rachael Jones
Falmouth University

Previous student supervision

Edward Casey
University of South Wales
'Producing a First Feature: Exploring the lived experiences of emerging UK film producers'
5th October 2018. 

Number of research students supervised to completion: 1 Number of research degree examinations: 1

Teaching

Areas of teaching

Documentary

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Board member of Wildworks Theatre company.

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