Ally Davies is the director of Aesthetic Realms and has worked in the creative arts industry in a variety of roles. Her academic career includes gaining a BA, MA and MPhil in Cinema and Screen Studies from the University of Manchester as well as attending Art School and Drama School. Her MPhil specialist research area covered post-9/11 American politics and the audio-visual aesthetics and design in film and television space-based science fiction. You can check out her her MPhil thesis here.

She has presented her research at both national and international conferences including the South West

American Popular Culture Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico and she has presented many introductions to films. Ally is also an experienced arts events producer working on a huge variety of high profile and cross-arts projects and events. She works in engagement and creative learning at HOME, is a Festival Producer and Programmer for Pilot Light TV Festival, a Film Programmer for Indie Flicks Monthly International Film Festival and is a freelance film journalist and film criticism editor working as a film article contributor for Louder Than War and curator of Manchester Wire’s monthly film event round-ups.

She also currently works in freelance production design, costume design and art direction in film and theatre and is working on other freelance cross-arts festivals and events. She is a trained actor, a mixed media artist and has a background in filmmaking, directing, stage management, props making and writing for film and theatre.

Access her LinkedIn page for more detailed information about her work. See also her Collaborative Projects & Research page for more details on her current projects.

Research interests include:

  • Production Design
  • Costume Design
  • Cinematography and Lighting Design
  • Practical SFX (Special Effects)
  • Digital VFX (Visual Effects)
  • Prosthetic and Animatronic Special Effects & Creature design 
  • Stage and Screen Stunts
  • Sound Design
  • Film and Television Scoring
  • Title Sequence Design
  • Queer Theory & LGBTQIA+ Film and Television
  • Feminist Theory
  • Alternative Subculture Representation in Film and Television e.g. Goth, Punk
  • Representation of Witches and the Occult in Media
  • Representation of Race, Gender and Diversity on (and off) screen
  • Ecology, Environmentalism & Conservation On Screen and Within the Film & Television Industry
  • Natural History & Wildlife On Screen (Including Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ecosystems, Palaeontology, Herpetology, Geophysics)
  • Landscape, Setting and Geography in Film and Television
  • Period Film and Television e.g. Ancient, Mayan, Tudor, Victorian, Georgian, 1920s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Body Horror
  • Black Comedy
  • Kaiju Japanese Film
  • Representation of Science On Screen e.g. evolution, technology
  • Forensic Science and Detective Genres On Screen (Including The Female Detective/ The Female Scientist)
  • Genre Cinema and Television Including Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Extreme
  • Film Technology and Its Evolution

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