Dr Neil Fox
Course Coordinator, BA(Hons) Film
Since arriving at Falmouth University in April 2013 I have fallen in love with Cornwall and found a new lease of creative, academic and teaching life. I became a BA(Hons) Film course coordinator and senior lecturer in October 2014.
In 2016 I wrote and produced my first my first feature film Wilderness (http://www.baracoapictures.com/). Wilderness was funded by The School of Film & Television and was created as part of an innovative micro-budget filmmaking model I have developed. This film project has brought together my practice as a screenwriter and producer and my research interest in film education. I delivered a paper on the project at the 2017 MECCSA/BAFTSS Media Practice Symposium at Bath Spa University and am writing a journal article for the Journal of Media Practice. In 2017 the film toured festivals playing 16 events such as Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Cambridge Film Festival and Oaxaca Film Festival, winning 11 awards including Best Feature Screenplay at the Chain NYC and Vasteras Film Festivals.
In January 2018 I wrote and produced a short film Backwoods (Working Title) for Film at Falmouth graduate Ryan Mackfall. The project built on ideas and philosophies first developed on Wilderness and is currently in post-production.
I am the co-founder and host of the acclaimed film podcast The Cinematologists (http://www.cinematologists.com/) in partnership with Dr. Dario Llinares at the University of Brighton. It is Mark Kermode's favourite podcast and as he says “For intelligent, informed cinema debate, The Cinematologists are hard to beat". The podcast partners with MUBI and Curzon and has featured guests including Lenny Abrahamson, Hope Dickson Leach, Ben Wheatley, B. Ruby Rich, Mark Cousins and Kim Longinotto.In 2016 we produced a special episode of the podcast titled for a special ‘disruptive’ edition of the Knowing SoundsJournal of Media Practice. I am the co-editor of a collection on Podcasting titled Podcasting: New Aural Cultures to be published later in 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan.
I have written and produced award winning short films including It’s Natural To Be Afraid, curated and directed the Filmstock and Joe Strummer film festivals among others and write for sites and publications including The Quietus, Beneficial Shock, Clash magazine, The Big Picture and Directors Notes. I have published academic writing on the Beastie Boys, Manchester in the Movies and music documentaries. I completed a professional doctorate awarded by University of Bedfordshire in the field of film education in 2015 and in 2016 become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Within the university I sit on the Library & Academic Skills Board and I am an external examiner of undergraduate film courses at University of West London and Sheffield Hallam. My role as course coordinator for BA(Hons) Film involves the development and delivery of film practice on the degree and the overseeing of the guest lecture and events programme. I teach the screenwriting pathway for 2nd year (Level 2) BA students and lead the MA screenwriting module on the SoFT MA in Film & Television. I am a contributing editor of the journal MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture (https://maifeminism.com/journal/)