Christopher Morris

Academic

Academic papers/publications and non broadcast films:

I am Director of the School of Film & Television at Falmouth University.

From 2003-2009, I ran the Documentary Film & Television BA (Hons) course at Newport Film School. Students from the course have been nominated for the RTS student film awards every year since 2006 and won it 6 times.

From 2009 to 2011, I was Head of Newport Film School.

In 2012, I was awarded a chair - Professor of Practice (Documentary Film), at Newport Film School.


ACADEMIC RESEARCH – papers and publications

2018
“I’m glad I shared my shit with you.”
Storytelling as refuge, refuge as storytelling.
The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling. Atrium. University of South Wales, 7th April 2018.

2017
The Making of “Fog of Seks”—een studenten-project “The reality of re-creation”
Hogeschool PXL, Hasselt, Belgium. June 1st 2017


2016
“Aberfan – Remembering, Forgetting, Moving on”
School of journalism, media and Culture studies, Cardiff University, September 8th 2016.


2015
“Casting authenticity: working with student actors to re-create reality”
CILECT conference - WORKING WITH ACTORS. HFF, Munich 17/19 November 2015

Public screenings, plus Q&A of “Fog of Sex” (Morris/Visual Influence 2015) at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Bangor University, USW and Hay Cinema.

“Innovations in dissemination: Telling stories - making an impact and reducing stigma”. The Student Sex Work Project final conference - “Will the real sex worker please stand up” Liberty Stadium, Swansea. 27th March 2015.

2014
Mametz (National Theatre Wales)
Co-creator and Creative Associate
A large-scale, site-specific First World War play, developed with writer Owen Sheers. Mametz was co-commissioned by National Theatre Wales and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. A dual edition of the play was published by Faber and Faber in March 2017. The edition combines the original English-language text with a newly commisioned Welsh-language adaptation by Ceri Wyn Jones, one of Wales’s most eminent poets. The play is now on the A level syllabus in Wales

“The Value of Voices” at the ‘Storytelling & the Voice’ symposium, The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling. Atrium. University of South Wales, 5th April 2014.

2013
“The politics and value of creative dissemination - The Student Sex Work Project” at the “The Value(s) of Sexual Diversity” Third International Conference of the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics. INSEP. 14-16 October, 2013 Ghent University, Belgium

“The complexities of sex work: challenges for creative dissemination” at the Sex work and well-being symposium” Swansea University, May 2013.

2010
Public screening of ‘Children of the Road’ at the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month Cymru festival under the stewardship of the Romani Cultural and Arts Company (www.romaniarts.co.uk), at The Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport Gwent.

Public screening of “An American in Aberfan” (Morris/BBC 2006) and presentation: “Brush With Light Symposium” (UWN) – Riverfront Arts Centre Newport, Gwent.

Delivered paper on the ‘evolution of story’ at the Shadow Play: Alchemy, Redolence and Enchantment symposium. (UWIC – Wales Millennium Centre)

Public screening of “The Lowdown: The Lost City” (1x30 minute documentary - director/producer 1995) & photography from ‘The Lost City’ included in the ‘Nothing Is In The Place’ exhibition, Bunkier Stucki Gallery, as part of PHOTO MONTH, Krakow, Poland. Curated by Jason Evans, (May 2010). I commissioned the still photography used in the film from the child participants (and mentored them throughout the filming process). This photography work was also exhibited 2 Oct – 14 Nov 2010 as part of ‘Nothing Is In The Place’ at the Brighton Photo Fringe.

2009
Invited to contribute a chapter entitled “Denying Tomorrow’s Talent” in: “English is a Welsh Language: Television’s crisis in Wales” Edited by Geraint Talfan (Institute of Welsh Affairs 2009)

Invited presentation (Morris/BBC 2006). Presentation “Aberfan: Community and Memory” at The National Museum and Art Gallery, Cardiff.

Public screening of “An American in Aberfan” (BBC 2006) throughout the exhibition of Shimon Attie’s completed artwork – ‘The Attraction of Onlookers’ at The National Museum and Art Gallery, Cardiff. Dec 2008 – Feb 2009.

2008
Invited presentation “Aberfan and Subjectivity” at, “The International Conference in Critical Psychology, Cultural Studies and Social Theory”. Cardiff University.

Invited presentation and screening “Aberfan: Practice and Academia” at AVPHD conference. University of Wales, Newport. 17th May 2008.

Public screening of ‘An American In Aberfan’ (BBC 2006) at The Jack Shainman Gallery in New York (September 2008)

DVD copy of “An American In Aberfan” (Morris/BBC 2006) is published as part of “The Attraction of Onlookers “ (ISBN 978-1-905762-40-8)  Attie, Shimon (2008) Parthian, London

Screening of “An American in Aberfan” at the ‘Interrogating trauma: art and media responses to collective suffering’ conference (2/4 Dec 2008) Curtin/Murdoch University Perth, Western Australia.

2005
The Children’s Media Festival (Showcomotion) invited onto the panel discussion about the demise of documentary film made for children.

1994
“Watching ourselves: real people on television”. British Film Institute, London: The National Film Theatre.


NON BROADCAST productions:


2012
The Steelmen Stories
(London 2012 Cultural Olympiad)
A collaboration between writer Owen Sheers and filmmaker Christopher Morris. The Steelmen Stories are 5 short poetry films that fuse documentary and the written word. Owen Sheers, who is currently the writer in residence for the Welsh Rugby Union, based his poems on interviews that were conducted with the players, coaches and supporters of Ebbw Vale Rugby Club. The films were then constructed in response to the words. The films were premiered during the ‘Adain Avion’ London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Re:Union

Re:Union from Christopher Morris on Vimeo.


The Kitchen Pitch

The Kitchen Pitch from Christopher Morris on Vimeo.


2012
The Franklin’s Tale
An excerpt from The Franklin’s Tale by The Devil’s Violin Company. Commissioned by the Bodleian Library and English Faculty, University of Oxford; supported by the John Fell Fund.

 

A LOVE LIKE SALT (excerpt from The Franklin’s Tale) from Christopher Morris on Vimeo.


2007
Gloria Days (RIPE productions – 1x3mins)
Director
A short abstract film that formed part of the highly acclaimed dance performance, “Gloria Days’ by Marc Rees. The piece explores the extraordinary 5th Marquis of Anglesey.
Short listed for the 2007 IRIS prize and ‘Gloria Days’ for the Liverpool City of Culture - ‘Dance Edition’ 2008. 
“An arresting and thrillingly sensual combination of dance, film and sound” The Guardian.