About

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 audiovisual 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 a trained actor and a mixed media artist. She has a background in filmmaking, directing, stage management, props making and writing for film and theatre. Access her LinkedIn page for more information.

Other research interests include:

  • Production Design
  • Costume Design
  • Cinematography and Lighting Design
  • Practical SFX
  • Digital VFX
  • Prosthetic and Animatronic Special Effects & Creature design 
  • Stage and Screen Stunts
  • Sound Design
  • Film and Television Scoring
  • Title Sequence Design
  • Landscape, Setting and Geography in Film and Television
  • Alternative Subculture Representation in Film and Television e.g. Goth, Punk
  • Period Film and Television e.g. Ancient, Mayan, Tudor, Victorian, Georgian, 1920s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Queer Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Body Horror
  • Black Comedy
  • Kaiju Japanese Film
  • Representation of Science e.g. evolution, technology
  • Genre Cinema and television including horror, science fiction, fantasy, extreme
  • Wildlife Documentary
  • Film Technology and Evolution
  • Representation of Race, Gender and Diversity on (and off) screen

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