Staff Profile:

Mr David Pearson
Job Title:
Lecturer in Screen Practices and Industries

Careers and Work Related Learning


Blackboard Coordinator

T& L Committee

I am a part-time member of staff and a practising director, writer and producer in TV and film, currently attached to two feature films in development as a writer and director. I produced the Oscar shortlisted, BAFTA & Emmy nominated and BIFA and Prix Italia winning feature film 2010 "Mugabe and the White African". I have directed thirty full-length documentaries for C4, BBC, ITV etc. -including filming in war zones, as well as making programmes in many other genres including food, drama and music documentary. My most recent film as a director, "Black Car Home" was selected for the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival 2015 and also shown other festivals and in five UK cinemas.

Twice BAFTA nominated, Emmy nominated and Oscar shortlisted, winner BIFA, RTS, Grierson, Prix Italia etc.), I have extensive experience as an executive producer for BBC, ITV and C4 etc., including Under The Sun, the BBC 2 anthropology strand, and I founded and ran 10x10, BBC2's first-time directors strand, as well as programming the acclaimed International Screenwriters' Festival, supported by the UK Film Council, BBC, and C4 etc, which attracted Oscar and BAFTA talent, and I ran its screenplay training courses. I have given guest lectures, or seminars, at the NFTS, RCA, Swedish Film Institute, Falmouth, Bournemouth, UWE, and Manchester Universities and spoken on panels, or moderated sessions, at industry conferences including MEDDOC, MIP, and the following film festivals Cannes, Edinburgh, Sheffield Documentary and the Screenwriters' Festival.

As an executive producer my work includes: BBC 1 Comic Relief, BBC 1 Byline 2 seasons, BBC 1 Them and Us 2 seasons, BBC 2 Signs of the Times & 10x10 and I was Series Editor - supervising production of Sky's 2012 series British Cycling: Road to Glory- 5x60' following Bradley Wiggins preparing and winning the Tour De France & Olympic Gold.

I have written for Sight and Sound, Broadcast, Screen International and various newspapers articles including for the Guardian, The Scotsman.


I teach across a range of undergraduate and MA modules, both theoretical and practical and lecture in directing, screenwriting, producing, film and TV production, documentary, film festival management, and screen industry practices. I supervise advance practical work in film and programme visiting industry professionals. I advise students on placements in industry which have included Molinare, Filmdoo, and independent production companies.

Areas of Interest:

Cinema documentary, emerging film revenues streams, multi-platform production, gender imbalance in film screenwriting and directing, the changing face of documentary & screenwriting process.

Research groups / Centres:

Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures CFAC (

I am conducting research on how the film and TV industry views recent students from universities and what they value in them.

Industry research includes: for the BBC a comparison of factual production process, the benefits of non-linear editing, and for the SWF: Income for Screenwriters and I have been interviewed as a contributor for academic research papers on TV and film and in 2016 contributed to:

What Price Channel 4? Artemis 2016. Editors John Mair, Fiona Chesterton and Ian Reeves

Last three directing credits:

2014 How Disaster Improved My Life

15 minute "taster" film shot in the Philippines for a cinema feature in development funded by Ffilm Cymru. The paradox that, "good can come out of bad", is at the story's heart on Andro Abane's journey to recovery and his attempt to see a future in a wrecked land.

Black Car Home, 2013 Arturi Films

Black Car Home is a darkly comic tale. Tatiana, a feisty illegal Latin American immigrant, is thrown overboard from a ship and told to 'swim'. She's expecting to find New York, not the banks of the Severn estuary. Selected for the London Short Film Festival 2015 and shown in 5 cinemas.

"Darkly comic…It's already gone down a storm at screenings. As they get to know each other, their quirky, platonic friendship grows… in his strange, melancholy and solitary world. So who knows how far and wide it will eventually travel." Western Daily Press

2011 Fisherman's Friends- ITV

The story of new bouy band, "ten slabs of Cornish beef", who hit showbiz with a collective age of 560! Won a 2012 D&C Royal Television Society Award for Best Network Programme and was also Nominated by the RTS for "Best Direction".

"These weather-beaten hard drinking, middle-aged chums are televisual gold" Time Out

"Charming and intimate film follows their journey to national fame." Daily Telegraph


BAFTA, Directors UK, RAI Film Festival Advisory Committee, PACT


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