Joanna Callaghan’s work utilises film making as a means of exploring philosophical issues. The films probe questions of ontology in different historical moments and contexts. Her research is informed by film philosophy arguments that film can engender philosophical practices.  As a film practitioner, she argues that a reflexive use of film form from within narrative structure, allows a thinking through of philosophical problems.

Ontological Narratives (2003-2014) is an on-going practice led research project by Callaghan. Funded by two Arts and Humanities Research Council grants, four films have been produced, alongside journal articles, book chapters and a monograph. The project seeks to formalise ideas related to philosophy and film practice into a coherent praxis evident the production of a series of films, each addressing an ontological position alongside writing that contextualises this practice

Her film is “Love in the Post” a feature film inspired from Jacques Derrida’s book The Post Card, which won first prize for ‘Best Practice Project’ in 2016 from the British Association of Film, Television & Screen Studies.

Joanna is Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded Filmmaking Research Network. 

The aim of the Filmmaking Research Network was to develop understanding and consolidate the field of filmmaking research by sharing best practice internationally and developing resources. We examined how the UK and Australia use filmmaking research to generate new knowledge and produced resources to improve capacity and research infrastructure.

The network conducted research and knowledge exchange through workshops, visits, meetings, a public screening, conference panels and a survey.  Resources include a register of films, case studies of best practice and a PhD examiner list. A special edition of the Media Practice and Education published in 2019 was dedicated to the project. INSERT URL The Filmmaking Research Network ran for 2 years and included over 100 members from more than 40 institutions including industry and third sector representatives. The network stimulated new debates, fostered a deeper understanding of filmmaking research and developed resources to sustain the future of the field.

Joanna welcomes applicants for doctoral study.