MA Film Practice

Dr. Patti Gaal-Holmes

Senior Lecturer – Film Production

PhD - Decade of Diversity: A History of 1970s British Experimental Film (University of Portsmouth), PGCE (University of Greenwich), MA Painting (Winchester School of Art), BA Hons Visual Art (Winchester School of Art)


Patti completed a BA (Hons) Visual Art and AHRB-funded MA Painting at Winchester School of Art before commencing with an AHRC-funded research scholarship in experimental film as part of the ‘1970s British Cinema’ project at the University of Portsmouth. She is Reviews Editor for the Routledge journal, Transnational Cinemas. Her recent publications include the monograph ‘A History of 1970s Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity’ (2015, Palgrave Macmillan).

Teaching & professional practice

Patti is a Senior Lecturer in Film Production and coordinates the Extended Level 4 year. Prior to teaching at AUB she worked as an independent artist/filmmaker & historian taking on commissions, residencies and receiving grants to research and produce works for exhibition, screening & publication. She also lectured in Film Studies whilst completing her doctoral thesis.

Professional memberships

  • International Society of Cultural History (ISCH) (2014)
  • Network of Migration & Culture (Uni of Copenhagen) (2012)
  • Art Space Portsmouth - studio holder & Trustee (2015) (2005)


  • AHRC studentship for doctoral research (2006–2009)
  • AHRB for MA Painting (2003–2004)


  • Arts Council England (2013)
  • Arts Council England (2012)

Research Specialism

My research interests include experimental film and its broader contexts related to cinema and the visual arts. My cross-disciplinary practice includes working with moving image (celluloid and digital), photography and drawing. The current research project is informed by my cross-cultural background and discourses on migration, exile, belonging and notions of ‘home’. An interest in ‘processes of thinking’ between theory and practice are integral to my methodological approaches. The presentation of conference papers and writing of articles or essays form an integral part of the research and dissemination process. My research interests and practice are central to informing my role in teaching film history, practice and the visualisation of ideas for film-making.




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