Speaker at the School of Film, Media & Communication

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Description of Activity

Gave a presentation entitled 'Dark Tourism: Writing and Filmmaking on the Edge'

The Guyanese jungle. Soviet-era concrete jungles. The slums of the Philippines. The US criminal underworld. These are just some of the places that have inspired this quartet of successful travel writers and filmmakers. In this fascinating event, they discuss their bizarre, challenging and dangerous experiences on the road, and share what they have learned about researching, writing and producing travelogues, travel-informed novels, journalism, films and TV programmes. They’ll help you finesse the tools of the trade so whatever you want to know about the form – voice, style, structure, drafting, pitching, filming, production, publishing, promotion – the panel can assist.

Ben Aitken, author of A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland, which recounts a year spent in Poland working, travelling and integrating.
Rubia Dar, an award-winning freelance shooting producer/director, specialising in documentaries, factual programmes, current affairs and news.
Mike Manson, whose new novel, Down in Demerara, concerns an Englishman who is plucked from his humdrum job and dispatched to the forbidden rainforest of Guyana on a mysterious assignment.
Tom Sykes, author of The Realm of the Punisher: Travels in Duterte’s Philippines which, according to the Times Literary Supplement, ‘conveys in an affectionate, unpatronising tone the many layers of injustice that run through the Philippines.’
Period2 Nov 2019
Held atSchool of Film, Media & Communication
Degree of RecognitionRegional