Dr Shane O'Sullivan


I am a senior lecturer in filmmaking and course leader of the BA Film degree. I teach screenwriting, documentary and drama production and lead an innovative scheme supported by the BFI and BBC giving student filmmakers across the UK access to archive material for course-related projects. I lectured in filmmaking and film distribution at Regents University and Birmingham City University before coming to Kingston in 2014.

My work as a filmmaker includes three feature documentaries exploring contemporary political history: Killing Oswald, RFK Must Die and Children of the Revolution, which was released in thirty cinemas across Japan in 2014. My first video essay Anatomy of a Murder - Sirhan Sirhan and Robert Kennedy was shortlisted for Best Research Film of the Year in the AHRC Film Awards 2016. I am also the author of two books - Who Killed Bobby? and Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate and the CIA.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking


  • 2013: PhD in Film at Roehampton University
  • 2010: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching at University of the Arts, London
  • 1991: BA (Hons) Economics and Social Studies at Trinity College, Dublin

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught



Number of items: 15.


O'Sullivan, Shane (2018) This film is restricted : the training films of the British Security Service. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 38(2), pp. 275-295. ISSN (print) 0143-9685

O'Sullivan, Shane (2017) Meinhof, Shigenobu, Kennedy : revolution and assassination in 1968. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 6(12), pp. 12-40. ISSN (online) 2213-0969

O'Sullivan, Shane (2017) Archives for education : the creative reuse of moving images in the UK. The Moving Image, 17(2), pp. 1-19. ISSN (print) 1532-3978

O'Sullivan, Shane (2013) The economy of memory: Archive-driven documentaries in the digital age. The Journal of Media Practice, 14(3), pp. 231-248. ISSN (print) 1468-2753


O'Sullivan, Shane (2018) Dirty tricks: Nixon, Watergate and the CIA. New York : Skyhorse Publishing. 576p. ISSN (print) 9781510729582

O'Sullivan, Shane, ed. (2016) In jail with Sirhan Sirhan. London, U.K. : Shane O'Sullivan. 484p.

O'Sullivan, Shane (2008) Who killed Bobby? The unsolved murder of Robert F. Kennedy. New York, U.S.A. : Union Square Press. 551p. ISBN 9781402754449

Book Section

O'Sullivan, Shane (2017) The rise of the feature documentary : fact or fiction? In: Wroot, Jonathan and Willis, Andy, (eds.) DVD, Blu-ray and beyond : navigating formats and platforms within media consumption. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 135-157. ISBN 9783319627571

O'Sullivan, Shane (2016) Enemy of the state : framing the political assassin. In: de Valk, Mark, (ed.) Screening the tortured body : the cinema as scaffold. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 281-317. ISBN 9781137399175

Conference or Workshop Item

O'Sullivan, Shane (2015) Persona non grata : spy fiction in MI5 training films. In: Spying on spies : popular representations of spies and espionage; 03 - 05 Sep 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

O'Sullivan, Shane (2015) Documentaries and the UK home video market. In: Distributors, discs and disciples : exploring the home media renaissance; 23 May 2015, Worcester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Moving Image/Broadcast

O'Sullivan, Shane [Director] (2018) Anatomy of a murder : Sirhan Sirhan and Robert Kennedy. (Video).

O'Sullivan, Shane [Creator] (2016) Anatomy of a murder : Sirhan Sirhan and Robert Kennedy. (Film).

O'Sullivan, Shane [Director] (2013) Killing Oswald. (Documentary).


O'Sullivan, Shane (2013) Enemies of the state: framing political subversives in documentary film. (PhD thesis), Roehampton University, uk.bl.ethos.580551.

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