Mr Edward Lawrenson


I am a London-based filmmaker whose films have played at a number of festivals, including Sundance, BFI London Film Festival, True/False, Open City, Venice architecture biennale, and Cinéma du réel; and cinemas, including the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. My radio documentaries have played on BBC Radio 4. My 2018 documentary Uppland, about a mining town in West Africa, is released in the US by Grasshopper Film. My 2015 documentary Abandoned Goods (codirected with Pia Borg) won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at the Locarno Film Festival and I was included in Filmmaker Magazine's prestigious '25 New Faces of Independent Film' list, in 2015.  It featured in a major exhibition by the Wellcome Trust in London in October 2016.

I also write on cinema, am the former deputy editor of Sight & Sound, and I programmed for the BFI London Film Festival.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer, BA Filmmaking, MA Experimental Film


  • MA in Film and Television and Theatre Studies, University of Glasgow
  • MA in Film and Television Studies, BFI/Birkbeck
  • MA in Documentary by Practice, Royal Holloway, London

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught