Ms Christina Isaac-Viegas

Research project: Forensic Archive and Film: Cinema's Role at the Intersection of Memory and Forgetting in the World of Crime from 1970-2020.


My project is creative practice-led research.

I am using the Metropolitan Police Service's Forensic Archive to explore the forensic eye through the work of the female forensic officer - the under-explored female forensic gaze lost among the shrouded archived material. I will do this through the creative act of filming, thereby using the cinematic eye of the camera by myself, a lady filmmaker.

A practice-led interdisciplinary approach between film and criminology allows my theoretical ideas to be actualised – through the act of filming records of crime scenes I am trying to illuminate the neglected female forensic gaze – this will impact the evolution of documenting and preserving of evidence through newer ways of looking and documenting crime. Using digitality to extend the forensic gaze, my work will also challenge already established notions of film theory such as the male gaze, the female gaze and the flaneur's gaze.

Time period – 50-year time period – from 1970 to 2020.

I will present my research findings through the following:

an interactive futuristic sci-fi film to underline how film reconciles the ‘database' of evidence and the ‘narrative' of crime thereby foregrounding the narratological form of storytelling – crime tales retold through the female forensic officer,

a digital archive to enable digital flânerie for the aficionado of crime fiction as they virtually (transcending gender) occupy the mind of the detective solving crimes,

a documentary on the evolvement of the Metropolitan lady forensic officer,

a critical reflection on my creative research – 40000 words.

  • Research degree: Practice-based PhD
  • Title of project: Forensic Archive and Film: Cinema's Role at the Intersection of Memory and Forgetting in the World of Crime from 1970-2020.
  • Research supervisor: Dr Corin Depper
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Baljit Kaur Thatti (née Ghatora)


I am a Postgraduate Researcher at Kingston University doing practice-based research in Crime and Forensics through the act of Filming. I am a mature student and have studied and worked in Kingston University London over the last five years – have been a course representative, academic mentor and student ambassador thereby gaining a rich body of work experience in various departments and working and collaborating with a varied mix of excellent staff at the university. Before stepping into academics, my past work experience comprises a long, rich stint of journalism – from the first step of the ladder as reporter to becoming chief-editor, I was involved in interviewing people and celebrities from various fields in life, planning and writing stories, copy-editing, designing pages for publishing and making and editing videos/films.

Areas of research interest

  • Forensic Gaze of the Crime Scene
  • Flanery in the Forensic Archive
  • The Female Forensic Officer
  • Film Language
  • Memory in Film
  • Database Form and Narrative in Film
  • Cinematic Time
  • Time Image in Cinema
  • Phenomenological Imagery in the Written Word of the Screenplay
  • Psychoanalysis and Horror


  • MA with Distinction - Film Studies: Critical and Historical Studies, Philosophy, Horror, Censorship & Subversion (2019-'20).
  • BA (Hons.) First Class - Politics, Television and New Broadcasting Media (2016-'19)

Funding or awards received

  • Orchid Award 2012 - Women Achievers, Journalism. Goa.
  • Kingston Gold Award 2019 - Kingston University, London.
  • Politics Prize Awarded in recognition of Outstanding Performance in Politics 2018-'19 - Kingston University, London.
  • Film Studies Prize Awarded for Outstanding Achievement on the course 2019-'20 - Kingston University, London.
  • Postgraduate Progression Scholarship.