Portrait of Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Head of Film (Film Practice)


I studied Modern Languages at Oxford University before attending Bournemouth Film School. I then worked in various crew capacities in the UK film industry for 3 years before working for BBC Northern Ireland Drama in-house for 2 years as a Bi-Media Producer. 

As writer-director I have five short films and as producer-director around fifty hours of radio drama and readings to my name. The shorts, shot in locations from Margate to Northern Ireland to Prague to Newcastle, have been screened at the Munich Film Festival, London’s ICA Cinema and on BBC2.

My radio work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 4 and 4 Extra, in prestigious slots such as Drama on 3, Classic Serial, Afternoon Play and Woman’s Hour. 

I have cast and directed a wide range of actors including David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff, Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds, Helen McCrory, Richard E.Grant, David Warner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. My most recent radio credit was the 90-minute BBC Radio 3 supernatural thriller The Strangers' Will written by Sarah Hall and Dominic Power.

I have also collaborated to develop screen and radio ideas with a variety of writers such as playwright David Rudkin and novelists John Connolly, Sarah Hall and Andrew Martin.

Research interests

My post is Teaching and Scholarship based. My areas of interest include genre storytelling, with particular focus on ghost stories, thrillers and westerns.

I am studying part-time for a PhD provisionally entitled 'The Pestilence in the Ditch’, looking at the concepts of the Eerie, the Pastoral, Heritage and the Epic in contemporary British cinema.


I convene the following modules:

FI819 MA (Filmmaking 1: Key Skills)
FI631 Genre Filmmaking
FI618 Screenwriting
FI625 Microbudget Filmmaking: Fiction


I would be happy to talk to any students about the practical side of directing actors, screenplay development and realising genre fiction for screen.

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