I am a filmmaker, video essayist, sound designer, researcher, and writer.
I am the director and editor for a feature length documentary film, which stemmed from the research project, Brews and Brows: Shaping Stories from Eyebrows to Scousebrows, currently in post-production.
Since 2001, I have worked as a sound trainee and boom operator in the Irish film and television industries, including working on the multi-award winning drama series Pure Mule, which received an Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Award for best sound in film and television at the 2006 awards ceremony.
Since 2008, when I took up full time teaching roles in Higher Education, I have sought out collaborations on social justice films. I worked as a sound recordist, editor, mixer and sound designer on these projects (see film work).
In recent years I have created audiovisual essays (video essays). In 2020, I published The Elephant Man’s Sound, Tracked in Necsus. This was voted amongst the best video essays of 2020 and 2021 in the British Film Institute’s (BFI) Sight and Sound journal and was included in a list of the best films of 2020 by 48hills. In 2022, The Elephant Man’s Sound, Tracked won the Videographic Film Criticism award from the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) and jointly won the inaugural Screen Conference Audience Audiovisual Essay award. In 2023, my audiovisual essay Spencer Bell, Nobody Knows My Name, received the most votes in Sight and Sound’s poll for Best Video Essays of 2022, and won the 2023 Videographic Film Criticism award from BAFTSS.
I regularly publish research in videographic and written forms, and I am currently Co-editor of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (Liverpool University Press), and serve on the Editorial Board of The Soundtrack Journal (Intellect), the International Advisory board of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, and the Advisory board of Iluminace: The Journal of Film Theory, History, and Aesthetics.
I have over 15 years experience teaching theory, history, and practice in Film Studies in Higher Education in the UK and Ireland and I regularly deliver guest lectures, masterclasses, and workshops on sound and the audiovisual essay. I am a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading working on an archival project about identity and place in The Wizard of Oz universe.