Matthew Hawkins


Matthew Hawkins is a filmmaker and a writer, as well as a lecturer in Media Production at Coventry University. His research interests are focused on film practice, narrative, meaning and the body. His practice spans the fields of documentary, narrative cinema, and experimental film and video. His research methods, and film practice have been implemented on funded research projects, such as Place, Culture and Film (Leverhulme, project lead, Prof. Isabel Dyck, Queen Mary) and Beyond the School Gates (Food Standard Agency Scotland, project lead Prof. Wendy Wills, Hertfordshire University).

Selected Outputs

Book Chapters

‘The Edge of the City: Creative Practices that Transform the Urban’ in Blagovesta Momchedjikova ed. Captured by the City: New Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies, Cambridge Scholar Press. Feb 1st 2015.

Journal Articles

Interdisciplinary Challenges in visual methodology: understanding data production and ‘interpetive act’, in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (2016, forthcoming).

A Geographer, a Social Scientist, A Cultural Studies Scholar and a Filmmaker Walk into a Bar: Four Voices in Visual Methods, Journal of Visual Methods (2016, Forthcoming).

Audio Visual Work

In or Out – A Slice of What we Eat (2016).

Funded by Food Standards Agency, Scotland.

A Meeting in Lascaux, A Journey into the Birth of art via George Bataille and the Cats (2015).

Migration, Health and Wellbeing.

Funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

Violetta – Portrait of a Polish Immigrant in London (2012).

Belonging, Consumption and Place. (2013)

Winner of European Association of Consumer Research Jury Prize, Best Documentary, Milan

Winner of American Association of Consumer Research Jury Prize, Best Documentary, San Francisco

Key Note Presentations

This is England, British Independent Filmmaking, European Nepali Film Awards, Amsterdam, Netherlands. March 2013.

Invited Talks/Retrospective

A Retrospective and Critical Investigation of the Films of Hawkins and Rabikowska, The Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research Institute, November 2014.

Cementownia; Documentary Film and The Memory of Communism in Post Industrial Margins of Transition, The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Vienna, Austria, February 2013.

Conference Presentations and talks.

“Seeing of seeing” in Visual Research, Visual Methods, Brighton, September 2015.

The Embodied Edit of the Impossible Place, Material Environments: Sensing Time and Matter in Visual and Digital Culture, Greenwich, London, July 2015.

Academic (De)Rigour: Blogging as Transformative Practice, MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference, Coventry, July 2015.

Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity, British Film Institute, AHRC. February 2014.

Affective Tonality and Narrative Cinema, Media and Communications Research Seminar, Coventry, November 2013.

Towards a Symbiosis of Theory and Practice, Theorising Practice, Practicing Theory, Roehampton, London, April 2013.

Towards a Cinema of Affective Tonality: The Role of the Senses in Producing a Cinematic Narrative, Film Philosophy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2013.

Film Art in the Body of the City, Open Media Research Seminar, Coventry, November 2012.