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Andy Lawrence makes documentary films on subjects relating to anthropology and he experiments with new methods and technologies for ethnographic filmmaking. He is interested in the uncertainty that surrounds momentous life changing experiences and he has made films about childbirth, death, adolescence, old age, adventure and identity in the UK, India and Peru. Filmmaking For Fieldwork concentrates on the development of documentary film practice as a research tool suitable for an era of multi-disciplinarity. F4F™ sees projects from fields as diverse as international relations, sociology, history, development, environmental humanities, town planning, midwifery, activism, the NGO sector, film and television, marketing, education and mathematics, as well as a strong presence that remains from anthropology. Andy is Senior Lecturer and Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester in the UK and he holds visiting professorships at the University of Bern and at the Free University in Berlin. Andy also convenes the annual F4F™ Summer School at The Futureworks School of Media in Manchester. His current activities involve producing a film about genre filmmaking in Peru, entitled Horror In The Andes and a book project for Manchester University Press, Filmmaking For Fieldwork: An Ethnographer's Handbook (expected 2020).

A selection of Andy's films, together with other research, teaching and writing activities can be viewed at www.filmmakingforfieldwork.co.uk

Research interests

  • Audio-visual research methods
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Childbirth
  • Death
  • Regional interest in UK and India

External positions

Visiting Professor, Freie Universität Berlin

1 Apr 2016 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Bern

26 Sept 2015 → …

Areas of expertise

  • TR Photography
  • Ethnographic filmmaking
  • Visual Anthroplogy
  • Documentary
  • Filmmaking for Fieldwork
  • Research Methods
  • Video production
  • Empirical Art
  • Artistic practice


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