Dr Sophie Everest

Lecturer in Film Practice

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I am a Lecturer in Film Practice in the Drama Department at the University of Manchester. My research explores the role of filmmaking as museological, archival and heritage practice. 

I started my career in factual television production, working for the majority of time in BBC Current Affairs where I first developed my skills as a self-shooting documentary director and editor. Alongside my role at the University I am a Director of Belle Vue Productions, a film production and creative research company that works with arts and heritage organisations.

My research connects directly with my work at Belle Vue, implementing and investigating film as a tool to capture and initiate relationships between audiences, collections and cultural practice within museums, archives and heritage spaces. Underpinning my research is a commitment to film as a socially engaged practice that invites collaboration and co-creation. I am particularly interested in using film archives and film practice to co-investigate colonial museum histories with audience communities; archival film; film as contemporary collecting practice and film as a tool for advocacy and evaluation.

I have worked with a wide range of cultural and charitable partners including The Greater Manchester Combined Authority; The Barbican Gallery; National Museums Liverpool; Showtown: The Blackpool Museum Project; The Whitworth Art Gallery; The Manchester Museum; Manchester City Council; Manchester Art Gallery; The Women’s Institute; The Churches Conservation Trust and Wood Street Mission.


Film partner: AHRC Pet Histories and Wellbeing Project with the Geffrye Museum of the Home

Film partner: Platt Hall Inbetween https://www.platthall.org/

Film and evaluation partner: Greater Manchester Combined Authority Cultural Strategy

Film partner: ‘Where Next?’ gallery re-development project at Liverpool’s World Museum

Film partner: Manchester Together Archive project with the Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery and Archives+ 

Before joining the Drama Department I also taught filmmaking within the History Department and filmmaking and cultural policy within Arts Management Policy and Practice, both at the University of Manchester. My MA and AHRC-funded practice-based PhD 'Film and the Production of Knowledge at the Manchester Museum' were both completed in Museum Studies at The University of Manchester.

External positions

Board Member, Greater Manchester Combined Authority Culture and Heritage Steering Group

2018 → …

Director, Belle Vue Productions

1 Apr 2013 → …


  • Practice as research, film practice, Museum Ethnography, Museum Natural History, Evaluation, Material Culture, Knowledge Production, Archive film, Contemporary Collecting, Colonial histories

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2009 - Master of Arts, Art Gallery and Museum Studies, The University of Manchester (2008 - 2009)
  • 2000 - Bachelor of Arts, English , Oxford University (1997 - 2000)

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