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Qualifications

BA (Hons.) 1st Class Fine Art, MA

About

Main teaching areas:

Screenwriting and directing; the study of European and Avant-garde cinema.

Responsibilities

Award Leader, MA Film Producing
Contributes to MA Scriptwriting, MA Moving Image
Supervises PhD students
Undergraduate Film Studies
Undergraduate Film and Video

Publications

1999: Writer/director ‘Meanwhile’ (15 mins, 35mm) which was nominated for the D.M.Davies Award at the International Film Festival of Wales, 1999; nominated Best Short Film BAFTA Wales 2000; nominated Best Short Film, International Crime and Mystery Festival, Courmayeur, Italy 2001 and screened in a number of other European film festivals, including Bilbao and San Sebastian.

2002: Director, Wales BAFTA-winning, ‘When Pele Broke Our Hearts’, for BBC2 Wales was also a contributing director to ‘Dal Yma: Nawr’, a feature-length creative documentary for S4C.

2003: Writer/director ‘Textual @traction’ (12 mins, 35mm) which is both a short film and a repeatable ground breaking interactive event that extends the boundaries of cinema through the intimacy of mobile phone communication.

The international interactive premier of ‘Textual @traction’ took place at the International Festival of New Film in Split, Croatia in early July 2004; featured in the Stella Artois Screens After Dark Tour; nominated UK BAFTA Interactive Award 2005; Winner, Best New Media: Interactive Award at the Celtic Film Festival 2005, Cardiff 2005; Winner, Welsh Development Agency Best Innovation Award, announced at the Cardiff Screen Festival in November 2004.

As a stand-alone film ‘Textual @traction’ has been selected by: The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival 2004 (Academy of Motion Picture Arts-listed); Glastonbury Festival Shorts 2004; Portobello Film Festival, London 2004; and the Atlantic Film Festival 2005, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The broadcast premier, a world TV first for an interactive film, took place on S4C on January 25th 2006, under its Welsh title ‘Caru Tx’.

Article: ‘Interruption/Interaction/Collaboration: An evaluation of the ‘Textual @traction Interactive Event’ Morris, Ieuan. “Interruption/Interaction/Collaboration: A Critical Appraisal of the Textual @traction Interactive Event.” M/C Journal 9.2 (2006). 11 Apr. 2008 <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0605/15-morris.php>.

2007: Writer/director, ‘Watch Me!’ (13 mins), a short interactive drama that combines cinema and telephone video messaging. Nominated, Best Short Film BAFTA Wales 2008; Official Selection, Strasbourg International Film Festival 2008 and Nominated Best Short Screenplay; Official Selection, International Competition, Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival 2008.

Recent Conference Presentations:

“The Expanded Cinema of ‘Textual @traction’ and ‘Watch Me!’” ‘Reality or Fiction’ International Media and Film Studies Conference at Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Oct 26th and 27th 2007.

Consultancy

Examples of recent consultancy: BAFTA Wales juries

Research

Research interests:

Japanese cinema, art cinema, avant-garde cinema, alternative forms of editing and continuity in cinema.

Current research activity:

Film and interactivity, narrative and anti-narrative.

Developing feature film project.

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