LEO BERKELEY
FILMMAKER

I completed my PhD earlier this year and, since then, have been giving a lot of thought to what I should do now.  My doctorate involved the production of a feature-length drama and the writing of a 40,000 word exegesis.  A big project but, as various people have reminded me, finishing a PhD is the start of a process, not the end of one.  For better or worse, I’m now regarded by the academic community as a qualified researcher in my discipline.  There is a concern, I think, that the discipline of screen production risks being marginalised within the higher education sector if it is seen as being no more than a teaching field.  However, that means it needs to develop as a research discipline, and that means there needs to be a viable post-doctoral path for filmmakers who wish to develop their creative practice and have it considered as research.  It’s not clear to me whether such a path exists at the moment.

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