Sue Sudbury

Dr Sue Sudbury

  • 01202 965995
  • smsudbury at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic in Media Production
  • Weymouth House W208, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a documentary filmmaker and Principal Academic in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University where I teach on MA Directing Film and Television and BA (Hons) Television Production.

My main research interest is in documentary film and in my doctoral research I used participatory film to research the everyday lives of women living in rural India. Outputs from this research include two journal articles on participatory filmmaking methods and visual research and my film Village Tales won the 2016 AHRC Research in Film Award for Innovation with the jury stating that ‘this project is a brilliant example of the edifying power of research through film’.

I am now leading Faculty initiatives to define and expand practice-based research and I am supervising a number of practice-led doctorates. One of my students, Dr. Olugbenga Ajayi, recently had a successful completion with his study of screenwriting practices in Nigerian cinema. I welcome enquiries from people interested in undertaking practice-led PhD research at Bournemouth...


Journal Articles


  • Sudbury, S., 2017. Glocalizing the 'other': British factual television and documentary practices in global media cultures. In: Srinivas, M., ed. Glocalization: Media Beyond Borders.. New Delhi: Excel India.


  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Hemingway, A., Sudbury, S., Hall, J., Board, M., Diaz, A., Hutchings, M., Jacey, H. et al., 2018. ‘Welcome to the Machine!’ Resisting isomorphic, masculinised corporatisation of Higher Education through feminist scholarship. In: DAKAM Gender and Women's Studies Conference 10-12 November 2018 Istanbul.
  • Sudbury, S., 2017. 'Practice and Research in practice: from Food Banks to Space Rockets - unheard voices from unusual places. In: "Before, behind, between, above, below" and other prepositions: a creative practice/research workshop 7 July 2017 Bournemouth University.
  • Sudbury, S., 2017. AHRC Research in Film Award winner - presentation of, and discussion about, 'Village Tales'. In: The AHRC International Development Summit 2017 7 June 2017 British Library, London.
  • Sudbury, S., 2017. Glocalizing the 'other': British factual television and documentary practices in global media cultures. Keynote. In: Media summit 2017 17-18 February 2017 KC College, Mumbai.
  • Sudbury, S., 2016. Facilitating empathy through participatory filmmaking. In: Migration crises: engaging audiences, facilitating empathy in Media for Change Virtual Conference 17-18 November 2016 Bournemouth University.
  • Sudbury, S., 2014. Non-fiction: Outer and Inner Spaces. In: Cosmographies: Textual and Visual Cultures of Outer Space 2-6 July 2014 University of Falmouth.
  • Sudbury, S., 2013. Pionnieres, Heroines, Super-heroines: Essentielles a nos Constructions et a nos Vies! In: Cineffable 25th International Festival of Feminist and Lesbian Films 2-3 November 2013 Paris, France.
  • Sudbury, S., 2013. Village Reporters: participatory filmmaking in Andhra Pradesh. In: Society for Visual Anthropologists Film Festival 4-9 April 2013 Temple University, USA.
  • Sudbury, S., 2009. Women Filmmakers in Andhra Pradesh. In: 1st International Visual Research Conference 15-17 September 2009 University of Leeds, UK.
  • Sudbury, S., 2009. Ksusha's Story. In: Porn Cultures: Regulation, Political Economy and Technology 15-16 June 2009 University of Leeds.



PhD Students

  • Kevin Yixing Huang. The Documentary Interview in the political and sociological context of contemporary China
  • Shemin Balachandran Nair. Developing a cinematic form to engage with the notion of Indian transcendental philosophy
  • Olugbenga Ajayi, 2017. Transcending the Oral Roots of Screenwriting Practices in Nigerian cinema

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Masters Production Project - Producers
  • Masters Production Project

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Concept Development Unit - Television Production
  • Graduate Project - Television Production

Invited Lectures

  • Invited to be one of three documentary producer/directors to sit on a panel at Broadcast Video Expo at London’s EXCEL Centre, “Ground-breaking documentaries: techniques for gaining access, dealing with cultural difference and how to approach sensitive subjects to uncover and capture the unknown”
  • Participatory Film Research in Action
  • Ground-breaking documentaries: techniques for gaining access, dealing with cultural difference and how to approach sensitive subjects to uncover and capture the unknown
  • Women in front of and behind the camera


  • Women filmmakers of Andhra Pradesh (WorldView Development Fund, 10 Mar 2006). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Wilson College, Mumbai, External validation board member. (2017-)
  • Regents University, External programme reviewer. (2015-)
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Member of Advisory Committee (2006-)

Conference Presentations

  • Media Summit 2017 - Glocalization: Media beyond borders, Glocalizing 'the other': British factual television and documentary practices in global media cultures, 20 Feb 2017, Mumbai, India


  • BA (Hons) in Media and Communication 1st Class (Birmingham City University, 1978)
  • PhD in Visual Ethnography and Participatory Filmmaking (Bournemouth University, 2015)


  • Innovation in independent film award. (University of Plymouth and Creative Industries iNet, 2010)
  • Research in Film Award - Innovation Category (AHRC, 2016)


  • American Anthropological Association, Associate (2011-),
  • Directors UK, Member,
  • European Documentary Network, Associate (2007-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2004-),
  • MeCCSA, Associate,
  • Royal Television Society, Member (2007-),
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Member (2008-),
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