Dr Mark Chapman

Lecturer in Film & TV Production

Dr Mark Chapman is an award-winning filmmaker and artist. His work has been exhibited internationally across narrative, documentary and experimental contexts. He is currently developing his debut drama feature TRUANT. This project was one of 12 European projects selected for the UK-Italy development programme Feature Expanded. Feature Expanded is a collaboration between Home (Manchester) and Lo Schermo dell'arte Film Festival (Florence) for filmmakers/artists working towards their first feature film.

Chapman's debut photobook GOD's PROMISES MEAN EVERYTHING explores contemporary homelessness and displacement via a long-term study of a homeless hostel resident from North-East England. The book will be published by internationally renowned Dewi Lewis Publishing in Spring 2024.

Chapman's practice-based research explores expanded approaches to the contemporary documentary films: his PhD project The Documentary Interior derived from his growing body of research in non-fiction filmmaking and still photography to examine how material drawn from reality - that is subjects, images or stories founded in "documentary" - can be used to visualize and interpret unpresented subjective spaces - thoughts, feeling and dreams.

Previous projects include Chapman's hybrid documentary short CAMREX, which had its world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival and has screened internationally at festivals including Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Encounters, IKFF Hamburg, Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and Docs MX. Described by Sight & Sound as '(an) enquiry into the interior mind, viewed from a range of six inches', the film won numerous awards - including Best Film at 'This is England' Rouen British Film Festival and Special Mentions at Leeds International Film Festival and Magma International Short Film Festival - and has since been nominated for over 30 international awards.

He was one of the 17 filmmakers selected for BFI NETWORK@LFF 2017 at London Film Festival, which sought to identify original new voices "taking risks and breaking new ground in narrative and form." He is also an alumnus of industry development programme Berlinale Talents at Berlin Film Festival.

He previously worked at Third Films where he collaborated on feature films, shorts and installation projects, including Duane Hopkins' BYPASS, Esther May Campbell's LIGHT YEARS and Gillian Wearing's SELF MADE.

Chapman is a member of the BAFTA and is an associate member of Directors UK.