Reina-Marie Loader

Dr Reina-Marie Loader

  • Senior Lecturer 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.


  • Nowak, M., 2019. United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. Geneva: United Nations.


  • 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). In Progress
  • 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

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 - The film festival is run by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Youth Ambassador Program in order to inspire young people to become involved in social campaigns via the medium of film. Each year they do an international short film festival for young filmmakers to raise awareness about human rights issues.
  • Child-led Conference on Mental Health: This conference was the culmination of a long consultative process with children around the world, with the main objective to maximise meaningful child participation in higher education. The process began in September 2021 and ended with a two-day online conference in 2022. The conference was designed and led by children from nine countries around the world. In total, 111 children were consulted across 17 consultations in 5 regions, notably Africa (South Africa), the Arab World (Lebanon), Asia (Nepal and India), Caucasus (Armenia), Europe (Italy), and Latin America (Brazil, Chile, and Ecuador). The children selected the topic of mental health and opted to focus on three subtopics associated with mental health issues relevant to the lives of children today: lack of educational mechanisms, violence against children and unhealthy competition. The conference was attended by over 200 people and included the contributions of several high level experts from the human rights community such as Najat Maalla M'jid (UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children), Marthe Wandou (Right Livelihood Laureate 2022), Ann Skelton (UN Committee on the Rights of the Child), Shanooha Mansoor (Head of Centre for Mental Health, UNICEF Global Technical Reference Group), Kristen Hope Burchill (Terres des Hommes).

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visible Evidence XV, Reclaiming the Real: "Battle for Haditha" and the Docudramatic Perspective:, 04 Aug 2008, Lincoln, United Kingdom


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