Local knowledge and media production – from isolation to collaboration

About this project

The aim of this project is to initiate and facilitate media production practice among the selected South-Pacific Island community. The project focuses on the importance of local knowledge and its application, with potentially more far-reaching consequences. It also aims to facilitate communication between islands, and, if relevant, support the development of media production curriculums at local educational establishments.

Strong links with local partners (and educational institutions) promise the legacy of the project, including potentially creating a curriculum for ongoing training and media production facilitation. Following that, we hope that the legacy from this project will allow for it to be continued, using a similar strategy, in other isolated locations.


We aim to run a ‘recycle your equipment’ programme by approaching a number of film schools/film production courses to re-use the hardware which is no longer in use and donate it to the communities/participants of this project.

Projected Outputs:

The projected output consists of a curated collection of the submitted materials which will be displayed at the place of origin, a chosen UK venue(s), and, following that, an online platform (which can continue to serve as the ongoing output venue for the community). It will be concluded in a Q1/Q2 journal publication.

The project strongly draws on the experience of both researchers:

Agata Lulkowska (www.agatalulkowska.com) has successfully completed an extensive project focused on indigenous filmmaking among the Arhuaco Community in Colombia.

Recent outcomes consist of a publication in November 2020, 'The Voice of the Sierra Nevada. Intercultural Communication and De-colonial Strategies in the Arhuaco Filmmaking and Collaborations' in AnthroVision vol. 7.2, the oline journal of the Visual Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (VANEASA), and a forthcoming 30-minute documentary to be premiered, the trailer to which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAYah05Udxo.

Previously, Agata has also worked with other indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon.

Peter Rudge (www.peterudge.com) has for the last 10 years been focused on developing creative economies in developing and challenged regions – both internationally in Small Island Developing States, and in the UK – in areas of economic and social depression.

He was named as part of the Creative England CE50 in 2018, a list of the top 50 leaders and innovators in the digital creative industries, and received the Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Contribution Award that same year for his work in founding Platform and supporting the screen sector. He’s recently finished his book on the Challenges of Small Island Developing States. He is also member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and the United Nations Expert Group on Creative Economies.

Peter is a passionate advocate and supporter of new talent, working with young filmmakers and creatives across the UK and internationally. He has produced or executive produced more than a dozen feature films from new writers, directors and producers, as well as supporting graduate companies and start-ups.

Lead researcher

Dr Agata Lulkowska

Senior Lecturer

Dr Agata Lulkowska is a Senior Lecturer in Film Production in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. Agata’s background is in film practice, installations and photography.

Agata's profile


Funding support from the AHRC.


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