Starting out as a research biologist, Susi left the laboratory 35 years ago to work in film and video.
She specialises in education and international development, working in production, direction, writing, camerawork and editing. Training and mentoring has often been part of productions, but sometimes a job in itself.
Susi spent 12 years making educational programmes for Channel 4 Schools, then 5 more making programmes for ‘Teachers’ TV’. Freelance contracts interleaved with work on a range of other projects; camera on BBC documentaries in Nepal and Pakistan, p/d on Channel 5 children’s programmes in India and Jordan, public information films in Papua New Guinea and Kenya, helping teenagers make films in the Arctic, website films with British Universities and training videos for an international FAO initiative.
Susi was an Honorary Reader in Visual Anthropology at Manchester and is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University of Sussex. Teaching experience includes time with LCC/University of the Arts London, the participatory video MA at Reading University, and adult education in documentary film-making at CityLit. Currently she’s a visiting lecturer on documentary film at the University of Westminster.
A range of consultancies and writing experience includes a children’s book on Indonesia for Oxfam/Heinemann, an ecology reference text for the Niger Delta, re-configuring an EU forestry conservation project in the Philippines, a strategic re-evaluation of BBC World Service Trust (now ‘Media Action’) in Bangladesh and a quantitative look at Children’s TV in UK for International Broadcasting Trust.
Training in PRA/PLA has informed Susi’s collaborations and participatory projects.
Susi often works alongside her photographer husband Crispin Hughes – primarily on creative projects for art galleries and museums, but also on paid commissions and training work (including UK, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia, Romania and India).