Lee-Jane Bennion-Nixon

Dr Lee-Jane Bennion-Nixon BA(Hons), MA, PGCE, PhD

Academic Portfolio Lead & Principle Lecturer

Key details

Dr Lee-Jane Bennion-Nixon

Academic Portfolio Lead & Principle Lecturer


As a practice-based researcher, film director and producer, Lee-Jane is fascinated with storytelling for the screen and taking audiences on a journey. She manages the portfolio in Film & Television Production overseeing both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research whilst leading the MA and MSc in Film Production.

Lee-Jane has made funded short films that have received international Festival recognition. The End and Back Again was funded by the UK Film Council and was selected for prestigious film festivals around the world. Shopping for One, made in collaboration with Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, was selected for Aesthetica Short Film Festival. She recently collaborated with The Nightwood Society, a Portland (Oregon, US) based collective of female foodies and artists. She is working on a new practice-based research project with a drama short at its centre called About The Night.

She has taught at University level for over 20 years and enjoys teaching at the intersection of theory and practice. For her doctorate in Film and Cultural Studies, she chose to explore whether representations of warrior woman in popular culture have any feminist influence. Collaborating with the New Vic, Staffordshire, she worked alongside over 20 teenage girls to explore how they would interpret and portray strong femininity through drama and screen. Her PhD thesis pushed the boundaries by including a chapter of audio-visual material. Lee-Jane’s research draws from multiple disciplines including visual ethnography, cultural theory, and film studies. Currently, she is focusing on her filmmaking and exploring creative collaboration.

Lee-Jane has been the President of Women in Film and Television, Wellington, New Zealand and is currently the Education Officer for the Women’s Film & Television History Network UK/Ireland.

Responsibilities within the university

Portfolio Lead for Film & TV Production

Recognition

  • Education Officer for Women’s Film & Television History Network UK/Ireland

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Short Film Production
  • Creative Collaborations in Filmmaking
  • Directing Actors for the Screen
  • Virtual Production and Performance space
  • Representations of Warrior Woman on Screen
  • Working environments within Film and Television