Overview of Research Interests
Ellie Land is an award-winning animation Director, Educator, and Researcher making shorts and feature-length films, working within the genre and research area of animated documentaries. Her films have been showcased around the world, at animation festivals such as Ottowa, Hiroshima, and Fantoche and have been curated for exhibitions at the V&A, ICA, Artscience, Dejon Korea and distributed via UK cinema release and with channels such as Sky Documentaries and VOD. Recently, her work on the feature film Irene’s Ghost was nominated for a BIFA Award in 2018 and was cited as one of the best films of 2019 by the Guardian. Her recent short-animated documentary Bathroom Privileges (with Rupert Williams) won the AHRC Research in Film (Animation) Award 2020. Her films and research have been funded by Wellcome, BFI, Creative England, National Institute for Health Research, UKRI, Comic Relief and The National Lottery.
Ellie’s research is interested in representational strategies of animated documentary particularly around ideas of identity, female narratives of lived experience. Her work is concerned with memory, trauma, mental health, and subjective experience. Her research is collaborative and she often works in multidisciplinary teams and is interested in investigating power structures in knowledge production and filmmaking practices.
Ellie is the co- convenor of the Animation Practice as Research special interest group for the Society for Animation Studies and on the editorial board for Animation Practice, Process and Production (Intellect Press)
Ellie is the co – founder of Animateddocumentary.com and is the Programme Leader for Animation at Northumbria University.