Roger Shannon is a Professor of Film and Television. He teaches across a range of modules. His research interests focus on UK film policy and Independent Film. He has published in this area and has presented papers at internal, national and international conferences.His recent activities in re-examining the production output of Birmingham Film/Video Workshop within the broader 1980’s Film Workshop Movement in the UK has been entered into the REF submission as an impact case study. This scrutiny also includes the cultural retrieval of the film work of Helen Biggar (1909 – 1953).
Roger Shannon joined the University in 2007; before that his career had been in the film industry. He has been associated with over 20 UK feature films including Festival, Butterfly Kiss and Under The Skin and has worked with ground breaking talents including Jimmy McGovern, Michael Winterbottom and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Roger’s productions have won awards at International Film Festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Edinburgh and Berlin.
He is still active in film, most recently as an Adviser for Penny Woolcock’s film, One Mile Away (Winner, Michael Powell Award, Edinburgh Film Festival, 2013.) His other recent credits as Executive Producer include the music documentary, Made in Birmingham/Reggae Punk Bhangra, which was nominated for three RTS awards.
Visiting Film Professor, International Producer Workshops, Cuban Film School,
San Antonio de Los Banos, Cuba, 2007/09
Visiting Honorary Professor, International Film Business, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, 2007/08
Visiting Film Fellow, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, 2004/06
Associate Fellow, Film Studies Dept, Warwick University, 2002/04
Head of Film Production, Scottish Screen, 2004/05
Interim CEO, Screen Yorkshire, 2002/03
Head of Production Dept, UK Film Council, 2000/01
Head of BFI Production Board, British Film Institute, 1997 – 2000
CEO, Moving Image Development Agency/MIDA, Liverpool, 1992/97
Founding Director, Birmingham International Film and Television Festival, 1985/92
Founding Producer, Birmingham Film/Video Workshop, 1979/87