James Fair

James Fair

  • 01202 961638
  • jfair at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in TV & Film Production
  • Weymouth House W205, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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James began writing film and book reviews for his local newspaper as a teenager and, by the age of 22, had directed and produced a series of documentaries about nightshift workers for Channel Four. He graduated from Bournemouth University and University College Dublin with degrees in film and television production, and specialises in alternative models of film production.

He demonstrated his work by shooting, editing and then screening feature films in seventy-two hours as part of major film festivals; ‘Watching & Waiting’ was screened at Galway Film Fleadh (2008) and ‘The Ballad of Des & Mo’ was in the Audience Top Ten at the Melbourne International Film Festival (2010). In 2012, he completed ‘Saharan Diary‘, a feature documentary about the desert in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya. He recently completed another feature project in 72 hours called 'The Confusion of Tongues' in Birmingham. He has been a guest contributor to Ted Hope’s blog ‘Hope For Film’ and has completed consultancy for international companies such as Fremantle Media and Panasonic.


  • Fair, J., 2017. A Different Understanding of Low and Micro-Budget Film Production in the UK. PhD Thesis. Staffordshire University.
  • Fair, J., 2006. The Impact of Digital Technology on the Filmmaking Production Process. Master's Thesis. University College Dublin.


  • The Confusion of Tongues, 2014. Film. Grand Independent.
  • Poison Pen, 2014. Film. Galway Film Fleadh: Filmbase Presents.
  • The Light of Day, 2014. Film. Galway Film Fleadh: Filmbase Presents.
  • How To Be Happy, 2013. Film. Galway Film Fleadh: Filmbase Presents.
  • Keys To The City, 2012. Film. Galway Film Fleadh: Filmbase Presents.
  • Saharan Diary, 2012. Film. Solihull Film Festival: Grand Independent.
  • The Ballad of Des & Mo, 2010. Film. Melbourne International Film Festival: Grand Independent.
  • Watching & Waiting, 2008. Film. Galway Film Fleadh: Hello Camera.
  • Nightshift, 2004. TV. Channel Four: Channel Four/ Maverick TV.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Programme Leader - BA (Hons) Film
  • Unit Leader - Film Language 1, Ideas & Impact, Creative Collaboration

External Responsibilities

  • University for the Creative Arts, External Examiner (2018-)
  • Edge Hill University, External Examiner (2016-2020)

Conference Presentations

  • Creative Industries and Creative Communities Conference, Rethinking the Filmmaking Production Models, 11 Nov 2009, Stoke on Trent
  • Media Education Summit, New Methodologies for Teaching & Learning in Film, 11 Sep 2012, Bournemouth
  • MeCCSA, The 72 Project: using filmmaking to empower networks and foster creative collaboration, 07 Jan 2013, Derry

Consultancy Activities

  • FremantleMedia Writers summit, A presentation. FremantleMedia

Attended Training

  • Safe Management of Productions (PSP Approved), 06 Sep 2016, Production Safety Passport (valid until Sept 2021)


  • PhD in Film Production (Staffordshire University, 2017)
  • BA (Hons) in Television & Video Production (Bournemouth University, 2002)
  • PGCE in Higher & Professional Education (Staffordshire University, 2009)
  • MA in Film Studies (University College Dublin, 2006)


  • Excellence in Distance Learning (Staffordshire University Students' Union, 2012)
  • Edcuation for Sustainable Development (Centre of Excellence in Learning, 2017)
  • Education for Sustainable Development (Centre Excellence in Learning, 2016)
  • Podium Award (Bronze) (HEFCE, 2012)


External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview

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