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Lucy Donaldson's research focuses on film and television style, audiovisual design and 'below-the-line' labour, performance and the body, and videographic criticism. She is the author or co-editor of six books, including her monograph, Texture in Film for Palgrave Macmillan’s series: Palgrave Close Readings in Film & Television (Series Editors: Gibbs, John & Douglas Pye), Television Performance (Red Globe Press, 2019)  (co-edited with James Walters), and most recently, Epic / everyday: Moments in television (Manchester University Press, 2023) (co-edited with Sarah Cardwell & Jonathan Bignell).

Lucy's writing and audiovisual work has appeared in journals including  Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism, CineAction, Critical Studies in Television, Film-Philosophy, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media,  The New Soundtrack and [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, as well as in edited volumes on television aesthetics, kinesthetic empathy, monstrosity, film Biopics, screen sound, european crime drama, and the animated film, Toy Story.  

Lucy has received funding from the Carnegie Trust, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Canada and the Leverhulme/British Academy, including her current project on the film colour consultant, George Hoyningen-Huene, for which her audiovisual essays have been included in Sight & Sound's Best Video Essays of 2022 and 2023, and received an honorable mention in the BAFTSS practice research awards 2022. Her audiovisual work can be found on her vimeo channel.

Lucy is an editor of Movie: A Journal of Film Criticismand co-edited issues 6 (2015) and 10 (2021-22), which featured special dossiers on ‘moments of texture’ in film and television and 'the politics of close analysis, and its object'. She is a general Editor of the Television Series (Manchester University Press) with Professor Jonathan Bignell and Dr Sarah Cardwell, and an Editorial Advisor for Routledge Resources Online: Screen Studies. From 2020-23 she was co-director of the Centre for Screen Cultures with Dr Philippa Lovatt.

She is part of a videographic collaborative project, 'Ways of Doing' which fosters an ethical praxis of audiovisual research, with Colleen Laid (University of British Columbia), Dayna McLeod (Performance and media artist scholar) and Alison Peirse (University of Leeds).

Profile Keywords

film and television performance and aesthetics; affect and embodiment in film and television; audio-visual design; film sound; genre (especially horror and melodrama); videographic criticism.

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 SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

External examiner, University of Glasgow, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

1 Oct 2020 → …

external examiner, University of Hertfordshire

1 Sept 20151 Sept 2020


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