I am Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London and hold a doctorate in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. My research aims for a pragmatic understanding of documentary spectatorship with regards to experience, empathy and narrative comprehension. In a larger context my work also advocates for the filmmaker’s understanding of how audio-visual and narrative representation impacts on society’s understanding of stereotyped groups, such as disabled people, women and African cultures. I am currently editing two books, “Documentary and Dis/ability” (with Helen Hughes) and “Cognitive Theory in Documentary Film Studies” (with Mette Kramer). As a practice-led researcher I have just completed two feature documentaries about blindness and the everyday, and another feature documentary, “Zanzibar Soccer Dreams” (with Florence Ayisi), about Muslim women playing football.

Research Areas

film spectatorship, documentary studies and practice, disability studies, cognitive film theory, phenomenology, ethnography, material culture, the everyday, representation, neo-formalism