Broadcast: Events

Coccolith: environments, mapping and filmmaking research

Wednesday 16 October 0:00 until 0:00
Fulton 202
Speaker: Dr Christopher Brown (Sussex)
Part of the series: MFM Research Seminars

Chris will discuss his film Coccolith (2018, 17 minutes), an audiovisual practice-as-research project, before screening the film. He will consider the ways in which Coccolith conceives the Ramsgate wartime tunnels in Kent as a point of collision for divergent artistic approaches to the representation of place and space. Challenging the site’s association with wartime mythology, and departing from practices typical of commercial filmmaking, the project sought to articulate an alternative representation of the tunnels’ history, heritage and temporality. Chris will discuss the importance of mapping to the project, both as a concept behind the film and a means of structuring performance. Further information about the film is available at: 


Christopher Brown is Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at the University of Sussex.

Chris is a filmmaker and researcher. He has written on American cinema (particularly alternative studio practice of the 1970s), practice-as-research, and more recently on Taiwanese film in the post-New Cinema period. In 2014 he edited with Pam Hirsch a collection of essays entitled The Cinema of the Swimming Pool. His short film Remission was distributed on DVD and VOD by Peccadillo Pictures and is archived by the BFI, where it is available to rent on BFI Player. His short film Soap screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the New Jersey IFF, winning an honourable mention. His most recent film Coccolith explores the subterranean world of the Ramsgate tunnels in Kent.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 24 September 2019