Dr Dominic Lees

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  • Qualifications:BA, PG Dip, PGCHE, PhD
  • Position:Associate Head of Department - Filmmaking
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 86395
  • Email:Dominic.Lees@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am Associate Head of Department (Filmmaking) at UWE's Bower Ashton Studios, overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in film practice.  I am a film and television director and screenwriter, with a career spanning 24 years in the UK's TV and film industries.  I have directed 35 episodes of TV drama, across genres such as police procedural, medical, youth and legal.  My indie feature film, 'Outlanders', received five awards at international film festivals and was released in UK cinemas.  Its themes of migration and globalisation led to its use as a campaigning and educational tool, touring communities in Bolivia and Cuba.  My films, short and long, have appeared in dozens of festivals such as Venice, Chicago, Edinburgh and Rio de Janeiro.

I teach film directing at UWE, as well as theoretical approaches to filmmaking practice. 

My research is internationally recognised in two key areas: the development of a new theory of 'Modes of Creative Practice' in film directing; and interdisciplinary research into the technical and ethical questions around the use of Deep Fakes (Machine Learning) in the creative industries.

I am research active in the fields of film practice and theory, television studies, and performance.  A particular interest is in the creative, technological and ethical issues around the digital face in screen performance.

Area of expertise

My research expertise has developed from my practice in independent feature filmmaking and televison drama. My research methods include both practice research and theoretical approaches.  My publications in academic journals cover themes of film practice, televisuality, visual style, authenticity in screen fiction, film costume and high-end TV drama.  My current practice research, 'Virtual Maggie' is a project to digitally resurrect Margaret Thatcher in a film drama. This research looks at the creative, technological and ethical concerns around the digital simulation of public figures in fiction films.

I am interested to hear from potential PhD students whose interests are in the areas of film practice, film style, screen performance, television, convergence, and contemporary independent film. 


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