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Jonathan Carr


Thesis - The Normalisation of Surveillance Through the Prism of Film: A Practice Based Study

My work is focused on an academic and creative investigation of domestic, lateral surveillance through the prism of film. I am writing a feature length screenplay, producing and directing a short fictional film and writing an accompanying dissertation.



After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in History, I worked for 10 years as a journalist up to management level, writing and sub editing for a variety of national newspaper titles.

In 2007, I studied practical filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. After gaining practical and administrative experience in London, I set up my own production company, Plainview Films, and created filmmaking workshops for schools, adult education units and community groups.

My short documentary film, Get Luder, supported by the Scottish Documentary Institute and BBC Scotland, was screened at a number of festivals worldwide and won the Delphic Art Movie Award 2011.

External Activity

External Activity

In addition to my research, I have taken up a role as tutor on modules including Short Film Production, Project Development and Writing for Film & TV. I am also taking part in the University of York’s Preparing Future Academics programme.

Outside my university life, I am in post-production on my first documentary feature film, My Brother the Ark Raider (working title), supported by Creative Scotland and BBC Alba.

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Dr Jonathan Carr