Mr Andy Lawrence - personal details
Since 1997, Andy has been filmmaker-in-residence and lecturer in visual anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at Manchester University, where he has taught ethnographic filmmaking skills to masters and doctoral students. More recently, he has taught practice-based filmmaking courses at the University of Bern and at the Freie Universität in Berlin, as well as a series of short courses at an annual Filmmaking For Fieldwork F4F™ summer school at Futureworks School of Media in Manchester. He has been a professional filmmaker for an equal length of time and his many films on ethnographic subjects are distributed worldwide, including two with Documentary Educational Resources in the US (for further details, see his production company website, AllRitesReversed). In 2015, he completed a PhD by published work at the University of Manchester, based around three of his feature length documentary films and the methodology applied in making these films.
Andy's main interest is in the uncertainty that surrounds momentous life changing experiences. He has made films about childbirth, death, adolescence, old age, adventure and identity with regional specialisation in the UK and India.