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Alexandra Leaney

Senior Lecturer in Film

Alexandra graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a BA in Economics and Studio Art. At Macalester Alex became interested in Cultural Studies through the diverse programme offerings, and the college s special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. This interest was furthered during her first MA, which she undertook at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Film and Television Studies, when her research focussed on the representation of African Americans in hit Hollywood films. Alex's second MA is in Creative Writing: Scriptwriting, which she also completed at the UEA. During her study of creative writing, Alex engaged with the long and short form in film, television, radio and theatre. However, her main focus was on genre writing for film, particularly that of the feature length crime thriller.

Teaching

Film Studies One: Analysis and Issues

Developing Screen Ideas

Screenwriting: The Ten Minute Short

Screenwriting Workshop: The Feature Film

Development and Preproduction: Final Project

Professional Practice

Dissertation (contributor)

Research interests

Currently Alex is completing a creative-critical PhD in Screenwriting. Her research is on point-of-view (focalization) as an organising principle of the screenplay narrative and is primarily concentrated on rites-of-passage stories. For her critical thesis, Alex is writing on film scripts such as Fight Club (1999), Pan s Labyrinth (2006) Boyhood (2014) and The Sessions (2012). The creative component is two feature length screenplays, In Absentia and The Neighbour’s New Lodger (both working titles).

Selected conference papers

“Point of view as the domain of the screenwriter: Jim Uhl’s use of point of view as an organising principle in his adaptation of Fight Club”, Screenwriting Research Network Conference, September 2016

Media (TV and radio appearances)

BBC Radio Suffolk ‘Oscar winners’, March 2014 and 2016.