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I am the Director of Postgraduate Research in the school of Arts and Creative Industries and Link Tutor for LSBU's partnership with British University of Egypt, Faculty of Communications and Mass Media. My role for 12 years was as Course Director of the BA Film Practice. I make experimental non-fiction films and recently completed a feature-length Essay Film about the regeneration of Kings Cross. My writing has concentrated in recent years on The Portrait Film, an under-theorised area of non-fiction film practice.
I have screened films in the London, Cork, Hong Kong and Melbourne International Film Festivals (among others) in a period where I have also written peer-reviewed articles on the portrait films of other filmmakers. Three of my films were shot by pointing my camera at the holes in a spinning film reel, producing depth-defying visual effects. Two of these screened in the London Film Festival, including The Trembling Giant, which was nominated for best short film in the festival in 2016 and was later turned into a stand-alone, peer-reviewed research output published in a special issue of Screenworks that was focused on the Anthropocene.
Film and Television Practice - BA (Hons)
Arts and Creative Industries - PhD
Arts and Creative Industries - MRes
Postgraduate Research Supervision
|Mrs Hakima Alemi||Gender, cross-dressing & oppression in Afghanistan||MRes|
Queensland University of Technology
Link Tutor, Communication and Mass Media
Communication and Mass Media
Prizes, awards, and accolades
Best Short Film Nominee: London Film Festival 2016 (Oct 2017)
BFI London Film Festival
For my short film The Trembling Giant.
Official Selection (Oct 2014)
London Film Festival
I had films selected three years running in the London Film Festival, 2014-2016.
Official Selection (Nov 2019)
Cork International Film Festival
For Patient's Copy (2019)
Reach and Impact
Sight And Sound Review of The Take-Up (2014) (Oct 2014)
The Serial Portrait and Coeval Time on the Cable Car Up Manakamana Mountain
Tarrant, PA (2018). The Serial Portrait and Coeval Time on the Cable Car Up Manakamana Mountain. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film. 15 (1), pp. 49-62. https://doi.org/10.1386/ncin.15.1.49_1
The Trembling Giant As Hyperobject
Tarrant, PA (2018). The Trembling Giant As Hyperobject. Screenworks Showcase: Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene Special Issue. The Cube, Bristol 20 Jun 2018 Screenworks.
Reading the morphology of Ben Rivers’s chemical landscapes
Tarrant, PA (2016). Reading the morphology of Ben Rivers’s chemical landscapes. Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ). 5 (1-2), pp. 58 - 69 (11). https://doi.org/10.1386/miraj.5.1-2.58_1
Montage in the Portrait Film: Where Does the Hidden Time Lie?
Tarrant, PA (2013). Montage in the Portrait Film: Where Does the Hidden Time Lie? Alphaville : Journal of Film and Screen Media.
Camera Movies: Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot Them!
Tarrant, PA (2009). Camera Movies: Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot Them! Journal of Media Practice. 10 (2-3), pp. 149 - 165. https://doi.org/10.1386/jmpr.10.2-3.149_1