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I am a filmmaker, senior lecturer and researcher with a background in documentary and experimental film, with films exhibited at the BFI, Cine Pobre in Cuba, Five Years Gallery, Diversions Experimental Film Festival, Lux Open, Fulham Palace Gallery and Toyota Municipal Museum of Art.
I co-founded the MA film making course in 2006 and have been supervising PhDs in filmmaking since 2010.
I am a founding member of w.in.c (women's independent collective) films, with whom I've made films in Cuba and Spain and more recently collaboratively between Switzerland, the States and the UK. I am also a graduate of LCC and RCA, where my practice-based research degree on the significance of the interval between frames and shots for editing on digital video was supervised by A. L. Rees.
Additionally, I am Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the Department of Film and Photography and am currently engaged in filmmaking practice as research.
My research interests include experimental and documentary film practice, the intersection of filmmaking and family life, and collective filmmaking practices.
I have written frame analyses of the films of Rose Lowder, Dziga Vertov, Kurt Kren and Stan Brakhage.
I am particularly interested in investigating the processes of filmmaking, printmaking, drawing and textiles and the importance of play in creativity.
Recent research projects include:
Film maker in the Family, which began in 2016 with a curated screening event at the BFI Southbank, which brought together films that reflexively examined the impact of family life on the creative process. Railwaywomen (2018) a short film shot on the Mid Hants Railway, was part of this project. My chapter, Film maker in the Family: The impact of family life on creativity, will be published in the edited volume Feminist Activisms/Artivisms (edited by Katy Deepwell) by Valiz in 2020.
Collective Practice Conversations, a space to share experience of working collectively in film and other creative practices.
Fletcher, Abbe Leigh (2019) Film maker in the family : the impact of family life on creativity. In: Deepwell, Katy, (ed.) Feminist activisms and artivisms. Amsterdam, Netherlands : Valiz. pp. 80-91. ISBN 9789492095725
Fletcher, Abbe (2016) 2/60 48 Köpfe aus dem Szondi-Test [2/60 48 Heads from the Szondi-Test]. In: Hamlyn, Nicky , Payne, Simon and Rees, A. L., (eds.) Kurt Kren : structural films. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect Books. pp. 29-38. ISBN 9781783205516
Fletcher, Abbe Leigh [Director], Su, Roter [Cinematographer], Livett, Ross [Cinematographer], Gholampur, Soroosh [Other] and Hauenstein, Sarah Laura [Film editor] (2018) Railwaywomen. (Digital Video Film). 2018.
Course Leader for MA film making and Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator for the Department of Film & Photography