Abbe Fletcher


I 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 am course director for MA film making and co-founded the course in 2006. I have been supervising PhDs in filmmaking since 2010. I was Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the Department of Film and Photography 2017-2022.

I am a founding member of (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 the London College of Communication and the Royal College of Art, 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. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • MPhil(RCA)
  • MA(RCA)
  • PgCert (FHEA)
  • BA(hons) Film & Video

Teaching and learning

Postgraduate courses taught


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, is published in the edited volume Feminist Activisms/Artivisms (edited by Katy Deepwell) by Valiz 2020.

Contributor to 'Responding to "Women and Creativity"' edited by Catherine Grant. This booklet brings together responses to and archival material about the British artist and filmmaker Annabel Nicolson's project "Women and Creativity" (1978-80). This is a research project run by Catherine Grant, in association with Karen Di Franco at Chelsea Space, and the research network Group Work: Contemporary Art and Feminism, with the co-organisers Amy Tobin and Rachel Warriner. Contributors: Louise Ashcroft, Beth Bramich, Lauren Craig, Amy Dickson, Oriana Fox, Melissa Gordon, Catherine Grant, Faye Green, Deniz Johns, Abbe Leigh Fletcher, Helena Reckitt, Selina Robertson, Rachel Warriner and Annabel Nicolson. 

Collective Practice Conversations, a space to share experience of working collectively in film and other creative practices.

Project lead on Memories of the Palace Cinema, an Oral History project recording memories of going to the Palace Cinema in Alton Hampshire (established 1912, closed October 2022) creating an archive for the Curtis Museum. 

Areas of specialism

  • Collective Creative Practice
  • Filmmaking
  • Documentary
  • Experimental Film
  • Women Filmmakers

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


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Book Section

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 [Curator] and Su, Shih-Yun [Film editor] (2016) Film maker in the family. Film maker in the Family. .

Moving Image/Broadcast

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.

Fletcher, Abbe Leigh [Director] and Akerman, Jessica [Artist] (2016) My mild mannered mother-in-law from Mildmay. (Documentary).

Fletcher, Abbe [Director], Niskanen, Petra [Director], Pernas Soto, Sabela [Director] and Vasquez Ramirez, Claudia [Director] (2010) The road to Gibara = El Camino Hacia Gibara. (film). 2010.

Fletcher, Abbe [Creator] (2008) Palace under construction. (Video).

Leigh-Fletcher, Abbe [Creator], Turner, Stephen [Contributor], Barber, Ros [Contributor] and Barker, Simon [Contributor] (2005) Four shores: artworks for the Isle of Sheppey. (Video).

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Leadership and management

Course Director for MA film making

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