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Ellie Land

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Ellie Land is an award-winning animation Director, Educator, and Researcher making short, feature-length and interactive films, working within the genre and research area of animated documentaries.

Her films have been showcased around the world, at animation festivals such as Ottowa, Hiroshima, and Fantoche and have been curated for exhibitions at the V&A, ICA, Artscience, Dejon Korea and distributed via UK cinema release and with channels such as Sky Documentaries and VOD.

Recently, her work on the feature film Irene’s Ghost was nominated for a BIFA Award in 2018 and was cited as one of the best films of 2019 by the Guardian. Her recent short-animated documentary Bathroom Privileges (with Rupert Williams) won the AHRC Research in Film (Animation) Award 2020.

Her films and research have been funded by Wellcome, BFI, Creative England, National Institute for Health Research, UKRI, Comic Relief and The National Lottery.

Ellie Land

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Ellie’s research is interested in representational strategies of animated documentary particularly around ideas of identity and female narratives of lived experience. Her work is concerned with memory, trauma, mental health, and subjective experience. Her practice is informed by 2D animation techniques and digital drawing. She is also interested in investigating power structures in knowledge production and filmmaking practices.

Ellie’s research approach is often collaborative and she works in multidisciplinary teams with researchers in health and medicine with an emphasis on Women’s Health. For example past projects have used narrative testimony to provide interventions to the challenges represented in providing equitable provision for women’s health in the UK and using animated GIFs to disseminate health communication messages for Coronavirus.

Ellie is the co- convenor of the Animation Practice as Research special interest group for the Society for Animation Studies and on the editorial board for Animation Practice, Process and Production (Intellect Press) Ellie is the co - creator of

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Bathroom Privileges, Land, E. Mar 2019
  • Irene's Ghost, Cunningham, I., Mark-Lawson, R., Land, E., Arthur, D., Cunningham, L., Tye, C. 1 Oct 2018
  • Breech, Land, E., Say, R. 2015
  • Decision support for breech presentation: what do women want?: British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS) 17th Annual Conference 2015, Say, R., Nesbitt, D., Land, E., Exley, C., Thomson, R., Robson, S. Apr 2015, British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS) 17th Annual Conference 2015
  • Sleepless, Land, E. 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, Women’s. Bodies. Politics Conference
  • Giving life to stills, Land, E. 24 Nov 2012, Underwire Film Festival: celebrating shorts by women

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


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

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