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Ross Clarke

Visiting Lecturer in Film

Ross Clarke is a screenwriter, director and producer with over twenty years of experience working in the film industry. His films include Skid Row (2007), a documentary about the acute homeless problem in downtown Los Angeles, the dramatic features The Birdcatcher (2019) set in Norway in World War Two and Desiree (aka The Chemist, 2014), a psychological thriller shot in New Orleans with Ron Perlman and Walton Goggins, and the short Some Place Safe (2003) with Mark Strong. He is currently developing a film about Jose Luis Borges based on the memoir Borges and Me by Jay Parini.

He has taught directing, producing and screenwriting at the London Film School, Met Film School, Plymouth College of Art and Birkbeck College. His book (with Graham S. Clarke) The American Dream and American Cinema in the Age of Trump, which looks at film theory and film production in Hollywood in the last five years, will be published by Routledge in 2022.

Ross has worked on the development of more than twenty short films with young people and students, and acted as a producer on other feature documentaries including the forthcoming Tokyo based Salaryman (2021) and the award winning Being C-Bunny (2019). He created and produced the podcast 7 Pillars (2021) with comedian Alan Davies and is currently producing an original documentary podcast set in the world of 1970s LA boxing.

As an entrepreneur Ross has created and run his own businesses in hospitality and music, and raised over £10 million for various film and restaurant / festival projects, including the long running Lovebox Music Festival. He is currently A+R consultant and advisor to a 16-year-old Suffolk based non-binary recording artist NWRVR and a board member of the Ipswich Film Theatre. 

Teaching

Digital Film Production: Introduction Part One

Screenwriting: The Ten Minute Short

Digital Film Production: Drama

Development and Preproduction: Final Project

Digital Film Production: Final Project (contributor)

Dissertation (contributor)