Kirsten MacLeod

Kirsten MacLeod is a Producer & Director who has worked in broadcast and community media over the past 15 years. She currently teaches on the 3rd year Broadcast Production course at UWS. Kirsten is working towards a PhD on “The construction of knowledge and identity through participation in community media – a practice based study of island and urban experiences.” She is interested in process, practice and participation in community-based media.  Her fieldwork is based around participatory film projects in Govan and islands on the West coast
of Scotland.


1994   Honorary Research Associate, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester.

1993  MA (Econ) Visual Anthropology, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester.

Graduation film, Bash Street  about a campaigning group of homeless people in Manchester. This screened at the RAI Film Festival and has been archived by the North West Film Archive.

1991 MA (Hons) Archaeology and Social Anthropology, The University of Edinburgh.
Social Anthropology thesis on surfing identity and experience, “Details, the rest is details: surfers in the North of Scotland” was based on participatory fieldwork with surfers in Caithness. Archaeology fieldwork in Jordan & Isle of Lewis.

Television Production credits include:

Series Producer, Frapaisean chon chaorach (Sheepdog Trials) and Trom is Tapaidh (Heavies), MnETV  (Media nan Eilean) for  BBC Alba. (2009)

Shooting Producer/Director : Heir Hunters (Flame TV), BBC1.

Liverpool Mums (Bazal for Ch5); Red Light Girls (Granada/ITV/Sky); The Wedding (Ginger for BBC2); Can You Live Without…Your Mum? (Ch4, Fulcrum TV) (1997-2007)

Filmmaker, Keeping the Dream Alive, obs doc for BBC2 series United Kingdom! , Mosaic Films(1997).

Researcher,  Warriors of the Disappearing World (Granada TV/The Learning Channel) and Mars & Venus with Desmond Morris (Discovery). (1995-1997)

Documentary Tutor/Lecturer

Documentary Filmmakers Group (London), Brunel University (MA Documentary Practice), Shoreline Films(Learning Skills Council) and HMP Downview (BTec Media Studies) with Media for Development.

Community Media

Since 2007, Kirsten has been involved in range of community media productions, through community media production company, Plantation Productions. Currently producing film & workshops:  “The Fun We Had”, for the Scottish Mental Health & Arts Film Festival (October 2010). Films & workshops produced with The Govan Seniors Film Club, at The Portal: “The Govan Banners” (2010): social history documentary project about the Spanish Civil War. “A Walk in the Park” (2009): film project about Govan’s Elder Park, past & present. “A Dander Through Govan” (2008)– Govan residents give a walking tour of their version of Govan and its history.

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