Dr Shane O'Sullivan


I am a senior lecturer in filmmaking and course leader of the BA Film degree. I teach screenwriting, documentary and fiction production and am the UK Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded Make Film History project, supported by the BFI, BBC Archive, Northern Ireland Screen and the IFI Irish Film Archive, which opens up the archives to young filmmakers across the UK and Ireland. 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


  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 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


My research includes three archive-driven feature documentaries on political history, RFK Must Die (2008), Children of the Revolution (2010) and Killing Oswald (2013); two books on political history; and published articles on film history, intelligence studies, documentary distribution and the use of moving image archive in education. The creative reuse of archive material is integral to my films and informs my involvement in the Archives for Education and Make Film History projects, which open up the archives to creative reuse by young filmmakers in education. 


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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