Ms Abigail Davies

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) Drama, PG Dip Radio and Television Production, PG Cert HE Teaching, PG Cert Counselling
  • Position:Associate Director - Photography
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 85876

About me

Abigail Davies joined UWE in 2008 to teach screenwriting and film production.  She is now Co-Associate Director, Photography in the School of Arts.

Previously, Abigail was Associate Head of Department for Animation, Filmmaking and Photography for nearly a decade and has extensive External Examiner experience (University of Gloucester, Liverpool Edge Hill University, Napier University, Edinburgh, Northumbria University and University of Sunderland).

Her teaching is underpinned by a 35-year career in film and television where she built a reputation for hands-on production skills, talent development experience, story judgment and creative thinking on a wide range of short film, television drama and feature film productions.

Abigail started her career in factual TV working first as a researcher, producer, and associate producer on network production and then as a producer and producer for the regional ITV schedule.  Highlights included arts and culture series for Channel4, including Images, a flagship series on the history of photography as well as single documentaries on photography, A Little Bit of Magic Realised (about the inventor of photography, Fox-Talbot, presented by Sir Roy Strong), Desperately Seeking Shiny (following British documentary photographer, Martin Parr) and Redundant Warrior, an award-winning documentary film (on Don McCullin, the veteran war photographer).

For five years, Abigail was Commissioning Editor, Arts, Documentary and Drama for HTV West, the ITV regional broadcaster, where she in charge of 40 hours of production annually aimed at developing new indie talent in the region.  As well as mentoring 70 new documentary makers, she commissioned Western Lights and the South West Production Fund, two drama production schemes for 40 first time writers and directors.  Alongside, she developed a slate of network drama projects including Just Desserts, which was nominated for an RTS Award.   As a freelancer, she script edited two seasons of C4's drama production scheme Coming Up as well as producing a wide range of film shorts for the UK Film Council.

Abigail continues to work professionally in film and television. She is a script consultant for a range of independent production companies.  She has also regularly worked as a script editor and script development executive on British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) drama commissions, which are broadcast on Film4 as well as online on BSL Zone .  Single films include Life Out There (winner of Best Director at Milan's Cinema of the Deaf, Best Actor and Best DOP at the Tolosa International Film Festival in Sign Language in Spain and Best Newcomer Award at the 2013 RTS South-West Region Awards), Veneer, Hope, Reverberations, as well as the comedy series Small World, Four Yorkshiremen and Coffee Morning Club.  

Abigail has been awarded funding to explore a series of research projects on developing Deaf filmmaking talent and the evolving industrial model of Deaf film and television production.

Area of expertise

 Screenwriting, documentary production, fiction film production, education management


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