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Jane Barnwell

BA (Hons) Communication & Cultural Studies, MA Fiction Film Production, PGCE.

Senior Lecturer in Film & Broadcast Production

RAE Outcomes

Introductory Factual Production, Factual Production, Scriptwriting, TV Format Development.

Research interests
Production design in film; the construction of cinematic space; the creation of domestic space on screen.

Practice-based research

Sweet Celerity, Designer, exploration of the use of video imagery in a theatrical context, through a series of performance and installation work, Battersea Arts Centre, April 2000.

Money Trouble, Production Designer, short film, (Dir: Matt Sunderland) 2001.

Up All Night, Stage design, commissioned for the Cockpit theatre, Marylebone, Aug 2001.

In & Out, a mixed media installation, examining female identity in the City, Unit 2, Whitechapel High Street, May 2001.

Making A Killing, Production Designer, Feature film (Dir: Ryan Driscoll, 35mm) 2002.

Space 2, commissioned to produce video installation, 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, Mar 2002.

Oh Abraham, Film maker for contemporary dance performance at The Place, London, Feb 2006.

Curation and Festival Organisation

A Place In Time, East End Film Festival, a one day event, The Women’s Library, Dec 2001.

Curated exhibition of student video for launch event, Rich Mix, 41 Bethnal Green Road, April 2002.

Big City Film Festival, Co-Director, programmed a series of
screenings and related events. The Museum of London. (Funded by Film London) Oct 2002.

Harry Potter Day, Museum of London, Special children’s event, sponsored by McAlpine construction, April 2003.

Big City Film Festival, Co Director, Museum of London, Museum of Docklands. A three day programme of films, talks, workshops and performances. (Funded by Film London & Rich Mix cultural foundation) Nov 2003.

CIDA (The Cultural Industries Development Agency) Creative Links Expo. Curator - What’s In it For Us? 2012 Olympics, documentary film screenings. (BBC Broadcast July 2006)


Production Design: Architects of The Screen (Short Cuts series, Wallflower Press, 2004; ISBN 1-903364-55-8)

Commissioned to write The Fundamentals of Film making, (AVA publishing, Due Spring 2008.

Journals and Conference Papers

May 2005 Visual Style in British Cinema and Television. ‘Between Realism and Visual Concept: The role of the production designer in contemporary British cinema.’ The Journal of British Cinema and Television, Vol 3 May 2005

June 2005 Designs for Living: space and place in the cinema. Centre for Film Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. ‘Home Sweet Home: The domestic interior in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Nil By Mouth (1998) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002).’

Sep 2005 The Design History Society Annual Conference. Locating Design. ‘London At Home - realist representation in Dirty Pretty Things (2002).’

Professional activity

Oct 2006 RCF funded research leave working on LONDON AT HOME project. Writing articles and planning exhibition around the production design of key London homes on film.

Aug 2006 Montreal Festival Des Films Du Monde. Member of the Jury (etudiant).

Oct 2005 External Examiner, Kingston University, MA Production Design

Aug 2004 London At Home, awarded an AHRB ‘small grant in the creative & performing arts’. Research question - How does production design inform place, character and narrative?

Mar 2003 Raindance East, March 2003, member of advisory panel

London Metropolitan University