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Dr Miguel Gaggiotti

MA, BA (Hons), PhD

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I am a filmmaker and a film scholar. My research specialism is on film performance — particularly the work of non-professional actors. I also have an interest in the relationship between cinema and work, which I am currently exploring through a combination of close analysis and practice-based research. My PhD examined the performances of non-professional actors in films ranging from the early silent period to contemporary digital cinema. My most recent film, Maquiladora (2020), is a reflexive video-ethnography on labour conditions in assembly plants in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Currently, I am working on a monograph on the non-professional actor derived from my doctoral research and finishing post-production on an observational documentary that explores the practice of artisanal pig slaughtering in Mallorca, Spain.

I gained my doctorate in Film from the University of Bristol in 2019. I also hold a BA (Hons) in Film Studies from the University of Kent, an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol, and a Diploma in Filmmaking from the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark. I have directed fiction and documentary works that have been screened in festivals over the world including Italy, Spain, the UK and Mexico. I also have over ten years of experience working in the filmmaking industry in a variety of roles. As assistant director, my specialism, I have worked in independent features, documentaries and commercials made in the UK and Argentina. I joined the University of Bristol as Lecturer in Film and Television in 2019. I am a founding member of the BAFTSS Special Interest Group on Film Performance and a member of MeCCSA’s Practice Network. 

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