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Ellie Land

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

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Ellie Land is an international award winning animation director and senior lecturer in animation at Northumbria University. She practices and undertakes research in the fields of animation and documentary.

Her work is renowned for portraying difficult subject matters using animation. Bold and innovative, her films are rooted in collaboration with those her films are about.

Ellie's body of work has been showcased at international animation festivals such as Ottowa, Hiroshima, and Fantoche (Basel) and have been curated at exhibitions at the V&A and ICA.  She is represented by the British Council.

Ellie’s films stimulate and provide material for debate. She has spoken at the Society for Animation Studies conference, Melbourne, and film festivals such as Open City Docs (London) and Tricky Women (Vienna). Her animated documentary Centrefold (2012) was requested by the Austrian government to screen alongside a Q&A with the director at the Women’s Bodies Politics Conference (Vienna) in 2012 and at the British Science Festival Newcastle in 2013.

Ellie frequently collaborates with researchers in health and medicine. Her recent film Breech (2015), made in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Say, was funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Her most recent work, Sleepless (2015), stems from a two year dialogue with circadian biologist Professor Peter Oliver and uses animation to explore the links between mental health and disrupted sleep. The film will be released in February 2016 as part of the touring program, Silent Signal, commissioned by Animate Projects and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Ellie is currently working with with director Iain Cunningham on the part-animated feature documentary, Irene’s Ghost. The film is supported by the British Film Institute and the Wellcome Trust and is due for release in 2016.

Ellie’s website is at


  • Teaching & Learning PGCert July 01 2010
  • Animation MA September 01 2005

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Bathroom Privileges, Land, E. 2019
  • Decision support for breech presentation: what do women want?, Say, R., Nesbitt, D., Land, E., Exley, C., Thomson, R., Robson, S. Apr 2015
  • Animating the Other Side: Animated Documentary as a Communication Tool for Exploring Displacement and Reunification in Germany, Land, E. 14 Dec 2014, Displaced Heritage: Responses to Disaster, Trauma, and Loss, Boydell & Brewer
  • The Process of Using Participatory Research Methods with Film-Making to Disseminate Research: Challenges and Potential, Land, E., Patrick, R. 2014
  • Centrefold, Land, E. 31 Mar 2012
  • Centrefold screening, Land, E. 5 Nov 2012
  • Giving life to stills, Land, E. 24 Nov 2012
  • Process reflection, participatory film making in Uganda, Land, E. Feb 2012
  • The art of science, Land, E. 24 Nov 2012
  • The Centrefold Project; an analysis of animation and documentary production practice in a health and well being setting., Land, E. 19 Sep 2012

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: London International Animation Film Festival 2020
  • Invited talk: BBC Radio 3 Arts and Ideas, New Thinking; Films and Research 2020
  • Other: Aesthetica Film Festival 2020
  • Other: Interfilm Berlin 2020
  • Other: St Johns International Women’s Film Festival 2020
  • Other: Queer Film Festival Bremen 2020
  • Other: BFI FLARE LGBTQI Film Festival London 2020
  • Invited talk: Accelerate Sessions/Animation Salon: animated documentary 2020
  • Invited talk: 30 Years Peaceful Revolution - Fall of the Wall 2019
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Open City Docs Festival A 2019

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