Liam Creighton

PhD student,
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Film
 Liam Creighton


Liam is a film-maker and researcher based in London. His postgraduate research is rooted in practice-as-research methodology, and is an exploration of ‘middling’ parts of the UK that have been overlooked by the film industry. By shooting ethnographic and experimental documentary films and stills it is possible to discover what elements of these places might be combined to create a cinematic and communicable ‘genius loci’ or sense of place.
Liam’s graduate research is supported by a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship.
He holds an MA with distinction in Filmmaking from the London Film School (where he was supported by a Screen Skills bursary) and a 1st class BA Hons in Film Studies from the University of Kent.

Forthcoming publication: “Scenes from a Marriage: The Personal and the Political in The Americans“, in Moments in Television, Manchester University Press, editor Dr. Sarah Cardwell (launching April 16th) 

Research interests

Working Title: “England’s Forgotten Towns: Illuminating the Cinematic Potential of English Non-Places Through Narrative Cinema” 

Liam’s work explores the cinematic potential of Middle England through an interdisciplinary approach that combines cultural geography with ethnographic and phenomenological filmmaking.
He is also mapping the settings of every cinematically released fiction feature film in the BFI archive in order to find out which parts of the UK have attracted the attention of the film industry, and which have been overlooked. 


Main Supervisor: Dr Lavinia Brydon

Second Supervisor: Dr Richard Misek


Liam has directed and produced short form and some feature-length projects. As a writer/director he developed feature projects on the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Film London/BFI/BBC Microwave scheme. As a producer he developed a feature documentary with the Greenhouse Film Centre in 2017-18 and has had work premiere at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in 2019. Shorts he has produced won prizes at Encounters and Piacenza film festivals in 2014 and earned a Student Academy Award nomination in 2013.

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