Emma is a documentary filmmaker based in Scotland. She also teaches at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, where she is Programme Director in the Film and TV Department. Her work explores approaches to narrative structure and form and how ethical questions affect this. Her most recent film is the feature “I Am Breathing” (2012). Co-directed with fiction filmmaker Morag Mckinnon, it continues her interest in how collaboration informs the process including a central collaboration with Neil Platt, the subject of the film. It has won or been nominated for many awards including three Scotland BAFTAs in 2013.
She has been making documentaries for 15 years including “What Age Can You Start Being An Artist?” for Channel 4 (2004, nominated for Grierson Award); “Gigha: Buying Our Island (2002)”, a one-hour film for BBC/Scottish Screen; and “Flight”, a BBC/Canadian co-production (2000). She has also directed short experimental work including “71˚N.” (nominated for Best short EIFF). Emma’s background in experimental theatre and performance gave her a background in questioning form and of a collaborative creative practice. She ran her own company Clanjamfrie which did large-scale site-specific performances combining film and live performance. She worked with, amongst others, Robert LePage on Tectonic Plates which she acted in and which was also made into a film by Peter Mettler. Emma studied English at Oxford University and theatre in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier.
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