School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Professor Erik Knudsen

Professor of Media Practice

Erik Knudsen is a filmmaker and Professor of Media Practice. Prior to joining the University, Erik was a Professor of Visual and Digital Culture at Bournemouth University’s Media School.

Erik Knudsen

He has also been Professor of Film Practice at the University of Salford, where he was Head of the School of Media, Music and Performance for a period of time. During his many years at Salford he also acted as their Director of Graduate Studies. Earlier roles at the institution included programme leader of the MA in Fiction Film Production, MA in Television Documentary Production, and MA in Wildlife Documentary Production courses. Prior to his time at the University of Salford, he was Head of Production at the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University.

His own work takes the form of creative practice and applied theory and is concerned with the exploration and development of transcendent qualities and themes in cinematic storytelling. His predominantly practice-led film research has focused particularly on narrative documentary and fiction. Erik is interested in exploring changing practices resulting from developments in production and technologies, and alternative modes of cinematic narratives and stories.

Alongside his current role, Erik is also Visiting Professor, and the former Head of the Editing Department, at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba. He is the chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Media Practice and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College. He publishes widely on film practice. His book ‘Creative Documentary: Theory and Practice’ was published in 2011. He is currently leading the StoryLab International Research Network, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. At UCLan here supervises a number of PhD students.

As a filmmaker Erik's works include The Raven On The Jetty (fiction, 2015), The Silent Accomplice (fiction, 2011), Vainilla Chip (documentary, 2009), Heart of Gold (documentary, 2006) and Sea of Madness (fiction, 2006). Ongoing projects include the feature film Cleft Lip and the Storylab International Film Development Research Network, a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

More recently, Erik has been engaged with photography. His exhibition Cuba in Waiting appeared at the Cervantes Institute in Manchester (2013) and Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax (2014). The photographs have since been published in a book. He also runs his own film production company, One Day Films Ltd. Erik holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in film production from York University, Toronto (1983) and a PhD from the University of Salford (2002).