curriculum vitae

Susi Arnott +44(0)7808 167 967 susi.arnott@gmail.com www.susiarnott.co.uk
Freelance documentary film-maker with extensive overseas experience; art/science collaborations and teaching.
Director of Walking Pictures Ltd.
2019:
Carbon literacy training for BAFTA (BBCTVC, Hat Trick and other independent production companies)
Report on children’s TV for International Broadcasting Trust.
‘Slimewatch’, art/science research project with University of Westminster, culminating in multi-media exhibition
2016-18:
Teaching documentary film-making at University of Westminster and CityLit
‘Thames Tides’ and ‘Bobby&Stillman’, multi-screen immersive exhibitions across London
2015:
‘Believe Brian’; second in a series on the lived experience of psychosis (Wellcome/U.Durham)
‘Life of Breath’; launch video for an interdisciplinary project with clinicians, artists and musicians (Wellcome/U.Durham)
More short films with working animals in India and Kenya for The Donkey Sanctuary International Department
‘Through Positive Eyes’; video work with HIV+ people in London. Part of a global project on stigma (UCLA)
More interactive media work with CIRCY/University of Sussex and Mass Observation (‘Face2face’ and ‘May12’)
2010-14:
‘Adam Plus One’; first in a series with voice-hearers to tell their lived experience of psychosis (Wellcome/U.Durham)
‘Good Sex’; films with young people, advisors & outreach workers – on sexual health and pleasure (Brook/U.Sussex)
‘Devolution&Resilience’; production mentoring local film-makers covering climate change adaptation funding and local political systems – for iied/DFID/Kenya Government (4 visits over 30 months)
Three case-study films with schools promoting bikes and legs rather than cars – for Transport for London, with EdComs
Two films on young people, transition and mental health services, for SCIE with Evans Woolfe Media
Interactive media work with The Open University and CIRCY/University of Sussex (‘Making Modern Mothers’ and its sequels)
Numerous short films with working animals in Ethiopia, Kenya and Romania for The Donkey Sanctuary International Dept.
‘Science&Nature’ short film to kick-start media workshops with young people, for EdComs/Samsung
‘Mercury Stories’ – 3×5’ videos on this compelling element; Wellcome Collection and University College London
‘L.E.G.S.’ – training DVD on disaster relief and livestock (Nepal, Kenya) for the United Nations (FAO)
‘Strengthening Voices’ – Maasai identity and education/collective action in Tanzania, iied
Case study films for the Open University in Belfast (sectarianism and education) and Edinburgh (social work by&with ethnic people from ethnic minorites), with Evans Woolfe Media
Plus freelance camera & editing work for Oxfam and the London Mining Network
Other:
‘Roots and Wings’ – white working-class children in Yorkshire, Evans Woolfe Media/ Open University
‘Debt of Honour’ & ‘Tour of Duty’- two docs in Nepal, for Gurkha Welfare Trust
‘Rooted’, road-movies in India and Jordan, Rooftop/Channel 5 (*One World Media Award finalist)
‘Project Umubano’ – UK politicians try to be useful on a visit to Rwanda (with Andrew Mitchell’s office)
‘Home on the Range’ – Ethiopian livestock herders, for SOS Sahel/BBC World
‘Awra Amba’ – (camera only) 30’ ethnographic doc in Ethiopia for TVE and UNFPA
‘Cape Farewell’ – (camera/editor) 8 teenagers on an Arctic ice-breaker, Big Heart /British Council
‘Asian Tsunami’ – (field producer); the immediate aftermath in India/Sri Lanka for Christian Aid
Plus projects with British Council, Kings’/Guy’s hospitals, CAFOD, FARM Africa, SOS Sahel et al
And over 30 docs for Teachers’ TV (2002-10) and 25 for Channel 4 Learning (1990-2001)
Consultancy, writing and other:
2019: analysis of UK children’s TV output and the outside world, for International Broadcasting Trust
2011: report for BBC World Service Trust on strengthening educational TV production in Bangladesh
2011: jury member for RAI and Basil Wright prizes, Royal Anthropological Society Film Festival
2001: consultant/writer for the EU, re-booting failing project in the Philippines (Palawan Tropical Forestry Programme’)
1998: science editor, ‘ERA Handbook to the Niger Delta’ (Earthscan)
1996: ‘Indonesia’ – writer/photographer of schools ‘country’ book, for OXFAM/Heinemann
ACADEMIC AND TRAINING:
2017 to date: Visiting lecturer, University of Westminster
2017: City&Guilds Level3 Award in Education and Training (CityLit)
2016-19: Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex
2008-11: Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester
2002-3: Visiting lecturer, London College of Communication (Univeristy of the Arts, London)
1990: National Film & Television School (graduate of the full-time programme; specialising in documentary and camera)
1983: PhD., University College London (gene expression in plant cell cultures)
1979: B.Sc. Nottingham University (Biological Sciences)

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