Lizzie Thynne's interests encompass both text and practice-based research and include the following: documentary, life histories, biography, queer studies, photography, surrealism, media industries.

Her current projects continue her interest in life histories and oral testimony.

Recent feature documentaries include ON THE BORDER (58 mins,UK,2012),  a daughter’s exploration of her Finnish mother's life prompted by the remnants left in her mother’s flat – letters, objects, photographs. Fragmented memories, dreams, and diary entries are juxtaposed with the director’s journey to significant places and people in her family’s history from during and after the Russo-Finnish war.  Her mother, Lea, and her siblings left their home in the disputed border territory of Karelia and her Lea's father was killed in 1941, fighting alongside the Germans against the Soviets. In this hypnotic work of mourning and remembrance, past and present, layers of association, memory and imagining intertwine, as the film evokes the lingering impact of war and exile. 

Her AHRC funded documentary PLAYING A PART: THE STORT OF CLAUDE CAHUN (2005) explores the life and work of this long negleccted artist, and her partner, Suzanne Malherbe (Marcel Mooere). It experiments with the biographical genre by mimicing Cahun's own destabilization of the 'self-portrait' including through  choreographed sequences by Lea Anderson. It is widely shown to accompany major exhibitions of the surrealist photographer's work including at the Jeu de Paume, Paris and La Virreina Centre de L'Imatge, Barcelona, 2011 - 12. It is currenly featured in In Focus: a special display on Women and War at Imperial War Museum North (from May 2015). Cahun has been a major interest over at least a decade and Thynne's research has also resulted in a series of articles on the artist.

Thynne is interested in how to represent public and personal memories in ways which address the complexities of relationships between memory, fantasy, writing and image and is working on a book on documentary and memory.

She has also published on lesbian representation in film and television, practice-based research and on women's employment in television.

She has been active in the debates around and approaches to practice as research, contributing papers to the AHRC project, Practice as Research in Performance, and many other conferences and seminars on the pursuit of media practice/AV PhDs in the academy.

She welcomes DPhil applicants in any of the above areas, especially for DPhil in Critical and Creaitve Studies. Current research students' topics include the essay film and heterotopia, the work of Trinh Minh-ha and the social and spacial liminality of the nightworker.

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