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Michelle Deignan

Visiting Lecturer in Film

Michelle Deignan is an Irish filmmaker and artist who has lived and worked in London for 25 years. She makes moving image, photographic and print works, for gallery exhibition, for cinema and for other screening contexts. These works critically examine the production and dissemination of culture now and historically, touching on subjects such as local and international identity, nationalism, feminism, class politics and aesthetics.

In 2013 Michelle made her first documentary feature, Breaking Ground: the Story of the London Irish Women’s Centre, which has been screened in international venues and festivals including: Cork International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Rio Cinema London, Riverside Studios London, Irish Film Institute, Chicago Irish film festival. Her moving image work is distributed by LUX, London.

Michelle was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award for 1837 Absence a major moving image work and exhibition at Tromso Kunstforening, Norway in 2023. The film is being produced by award winning film producer and Director of Tromso Kunstforening Leif Magne Tangen.

Michelle is a graduate of Goldsmiths University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. She has been supported by the BFI London Film festival through the Experimental production Pitch programme 92014) and through the On and For initiative at the LFF funded by Creative Europe Programme of European Union with Auguste Orts, Belgium and Electra Production, UK. Michelle is also a graduate of Feature Expanded (2017) a feature film development programme funded by Creative Europe through HOME Manchester and Lo Schermo dell’arte, Florence.

In 2020 Michelle was appointed the Chair of the board of Irish Film London, a non-profit organisation that champions Irish Film, TV and Animation across the UK. IFL runs a year-round programme of screenings, podcasts, industry and community workshops, the annual Irish Film London Awards, the St Brigid’s Day Film Festival each February, the St Patrick’s Film Festival each March and the annual Irish Film Festival London each November.

She is Lead Tutor for Documentary at MET Film School Short Courses London and Experimental Film Tutor for BA Filmmaking at MET. She also teaches regularly at NCAD Dublin, University of Sussex, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Winchester School of Art. She is a former Tutor at Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art Oxford University and a Lecturer at University of Greenwich.

Michelle has also worked extensively as a film editor, originally working in Broadcast TV in the UK. She now specialises in working on both documentary films by independent filmmakers and artists’ films as a film editor, line producer and camera person. She has worked with Apple Europe, Channel 4, ITV, BBC as well as Critical Arts Ensemble, Marcus Coates, Ursula Mayer, Axel Strachnoy, Jasmina Cibic, Mairead McClean, Lucy Reynolds, Sarah Baker, Rachel Mayeri, and Anne Tallentire.