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Dr Shane O'Sullivan

Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking


I am a senior lecturer in Filmmaking and joint course leader of the BA Film degree. I also teach Screenwriting and Documentary and Drama Production and have been working with the BFI on a successful pilot scheme to give student filmmakers 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 professional experience is primarily as a documentary filmmaker. My work 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. I have also distributed six documentaries through my production company/DVD label E2 Films. 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.

Courses taught



  • 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


Number of items: 11.


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

O'Sullivan, Shane (2017) This film is restricted : the training films of the British Security Service. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, ISSN (print) 0143-9685 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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 (Unpublished)

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)

Moving Image/Broadcast

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.

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