School of Media, Film and Music


The following videos made by Catalina Balan showcase some of the current and ongoing projects from researchers in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex.


Dr Thomas Austin talks about his forthcoming book, Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe

Thomas Austin is a Reader in Media and Film.



Dr Michael Lawrence discusses the relationship between global humanitarianism and media culture, and in particular the transformation of humanitarian media in the digital era.

Michael Lawrence is a Reader in Media and Film, and Head of Film Studies.



Professor Alisa Lebow introduces her collaborative manifesto, Beyond Story, on the politics of documentary filmmaking. The manifesto can be found here.

Alisa Lebow is Professor of Screen Media.



Dr Pollyanna Ruiz introduces her AHRC funded collaboration with the skate community on London’s Southbank and reflects upon the interplay between expertise in the arts, heritage and academia. More information about this project (including the award-winning film ‘You Can’t Move History’) can be found here.

Pollyanna Ruiz is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications and Head of Media, Journalism and Cultural Studies.


Longer versions of these films can be found on REFRAME Encounters