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 Head Of Department : Animation & Photography
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 85876
  • Email:Abigail.Davies@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Abigail Davies joined UWE in 2008 to teach screenwriting and film production.  She is an Associate Head of Department looking after UG and PG programmes in Animation and Photography and an External Examiner for Filmmaking courses at Napier University, Edinburgh 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 on network production and then as a producer and director for the regional ITV schedule.  Highlights included arts and culture series for Channel4 with presenters such as Sir Roy Strong, Christopher Frayling and George Melly and 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 regular script consultant for Twenty3Ten Productions and Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson on their slate of films with funding from Northern Irish Screen. She has also script edited My Songs Inside, working with veteran screenwriter, Hugh Stoddart.

Abigail has regularly worked on British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) commissions.  She script edited and produced Life Out There, for VS1 Productions. This half-hour TV drama directed by David Ellington was shown on Film4 and The Community Channel.  It won 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. 

In 2017, she script edited the BSLBT sit-com Small World series 2 with writer James Banks and director/producer, Louis Neethling, Mutt & Jeff Productions (https://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/small-world-2-episode-1/). In 2018, she worked on Now or Never, by new Deaf writer, Lynn Stewart-Taylor with director, David Ellington and Producer, Rachel Drummond-Hay, VS1/Drummer TV.

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

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