Reina-Marie Loader

Dr Reina-Marie Loader

  • Principal Academic in Film Production
  • WH
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Reina has been conducting practice-based research for over a decade. Her work predominantly focusses on docudrama and documentary storytelling that promote movement building, reconciliation, human rights and conservation. She completed her practice-based PhD on the concept of “documemory” and the ethical representation of war trauma on screen. Her films have received several awards from international film festivals including, for example, the Durban International Film Festival. Reina also conducted extended fieldwork in South Africa entailing the socio-political value of Ubuntu – the experience of which deeply influences her practical and pedagogical work.

Reina is the editor-in-chief of a new journal entitled 'Journal of Media and Rights' (published by AOSIS, Africa's largest open-access academic publisher). The journal focuses on the intersection between media (in all its incarnations) and human rights. It also aims to provide a platform for practice-based and practice-led researchers to publish work...


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

No poverty

"End poverty in all its forms everywhere"

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Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Climate action

"Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts"

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Life on land

"Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Journal Articles


Internet Publications

Scholarly Editions

  • Loader, R.-M., Krishan, M. and Steimann, I., 2020. Global Campus of Human Rights Journal, Special Issue: Selected developments in the area of children deprived of liberty (Vol 4, no 2). Global Campus of Human Rights.


  • Loader, R.-M., 2019. Children in Conflict with the Law in South Africa: Investigating Ubuntu as a viable Pathway towards Systemic Change. Master's Thesis. Universität Wien, Faculty of Law.
  • Loader, R.-M., 2011. Sarajevo: Shelved Memories - A Practical Enquiry into the Rhetoric of Docudrama. PhD Thesis. The University of Reading, Department of Film, Theatre and Television.
  • Loader, R.-M., 2007. Cutting Silence. Master's Thesis. University of Reading.



  • Taibl, A. and Mandl, S., 2021. Short animation on clinical forensic examinations.


Profile of Teaching PG

  • Programme Leader: Producing for Film and Television
  • Unit Leader: The Producer's Development Process
  • Unit Leader: Making it Happen: Selling Creative Ideas
  • Unit Leader: Critical Media Practice
  • Unit Leader: War and Conflict Film (University of Vienna)

Invited Lectures

  • Wildlife documentary and docudrama, University of Reading, 03 Mar 2022 more
  • The Congruence of Creating Art, Ashland Arts Festival (Portland, OR, USA), 16 Nov 2013 more
  • Introduction to Documentary Development, Ashland (Portland, OR, USA), 15 Nov 2013 more


  • Child Participation Model (Global Campus of Human Rights, 02 Aug 2021). Completed
  • Children in Conflict with the Law in South Africa: Investigating Ubuntu as a viable Pathway towards Systemic Change (Universität Wien, 01 Aug 2017). Completed
  • HORN (Mark P. Terk Charitable Foundation, 30 Nov 2014). Completed
  • Sarajevo: Shelved Memories - A Practical Enquiry into the Rhetoric of Docudrama (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 02 Sep 2007). Completed
  • Cutting Silence (Department of Women’s Affairs in the Chancellery of the Austrian Prime Minister, 19 Feb 2007). Completed

External Responsibilities

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • African Human Rights Law Journal, Anonymous peer review, 03 Sep 2020

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Jury: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, Climate Change and Human Rights Youth Short Film Festival (01 Mar 2022-13 Apr 2022)
  • Child-led Conference on Mental Health (31 Jan 2022-01 Feb 2022)
  • Expert panel contribution, National Launch of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty in association with Addis Ababa University (Centre for Human Rights), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (18 Nov 2020)
  • Participated in the think tank (Ideathon) hosted by the Fundamental Rights Forum, a biannual human rights conference organised by the European Fundamental Rights Agency (25 Sep 2018-27 Sep 2018)
  • Screening and Q&A of "Horn", World Documentary Film and Television Conference, Falmouth University, UK, 2014 (04 Sep 2014-06 Sep 2014)

Conference Presentations

  • Conservation and Wildlife Security, Combating Wildlife Crime Visually: Virtual Reality Filmmaking and the Quest to create Empathy, 20 Jun 2016, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
  • WCFF Biodiversity Conference, Reflections of a Filmmaker: Rhino Conservation in South Africa, 19 Oct 2015, New York
  • Ecological Hermeneutics, Exalting the HORN: Filming the Social Side of Rhino Conservation, 02 Sep 2014, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Documentary and the Environment: A One Day Symposium, The “Lived” Documentary: the Ethical Representation of Environmental Issues with Socio-Political Implications, 24 Jul 2012, Guildford, Surrey
  • Documentary Now!, Documemory: A Self-Reflexive Approach fusing the Real with the really Remembered, 27 Jan 2011, London, UK
  • Acting with Facts: Performing the Real on Stage and Screen 1990-2010, Are they Acting? The dynamics of mediating the mediated, 30 Sep 2010, University of Reading
  • Visible Evidence XVII, Blending Historical Spaces in 'Sarajevo: Shelved Memories', 09 Aug 2010, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Journeys Across Media, Documemory: Creating a Space for Re-membrance’, 17 Apr 2009, Reading, UK
  • Continuity and Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism, City of God: Continuity or Innovation – Visual Chaos in the form of Real Stories, 05 Sep 2008, University of Reading
  • Visible Evidence XV, Reclaiming the Real: "Battle for Haditha" and the Docudramatic Perspective:, 04 Aug 2008, Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • Journeys Across Media, The Self-Corrective Aspects in Steven Spielberg’s Munich: Authenticity and Credibility, 11 Apr 2008, University of Reading


  • MA in Human Rights (The University of Vienna, 2018)
  • PhD in Film Studies (Practice-as-Research) (The University of Reading, 2011)
  • MA in Film Studies (The University of Reading, 2007)
  • BA (Hons) in Film & Theatre (The University of Reading, 2005)


  • Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement (IndieFest, 2017)
  • Award of Excellence, Documentary Feature, HORN (IndieFest, 2016)
  • Best Conservation Film for 'HORN' (Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, 2015)
  • Best Newcomer for 'Cutting Silence' (Durban International Film Festival, 2008)


External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview