Erik Knudsen is a filmmaker and Professor of Media Practice at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. He was formerly Professor of Visual and Digital Culture at Bournemouth University’s Media School and Professor of Film Practice at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, where he was for a period of time Head of the School of Media, Music and Performance. At the University of Salford he has also acted as the university's Director of Graduate Studies. Earlier roles at the University of Salford have included programme leading the MA in Fiction Film Production, the MA in Television Documentary Production and the MA in Wildlife Documentary Production.
He is also visiting professor, and the former Head of the Editing Department, at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba and at Multimedia University, Malaysia. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Media Practice and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College and chairs the board of Trustees at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, UK. He publishes widely on film practice, including ‘Creative Documentary: Theory and Practice’. He is currently leading the Story Lab International Research Network, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council.
As a filmmaker his films include The Raven On The Jetty (88 min., fiction, 2014), The Silent Accomplice (84 min., fiction, 2011), Vainilla Chip (17 min., Documentary, 2009), Veil (for Horse & Bamboo Theatre Company’s touring show, 2008), Heart of Gold (40 min., documentary, 2006), Sea of Madness (86 min., fiction, 2006), Brannigan’s March (99 min., fiction, 2004), Bed of Flowers (50 min., documentary, 2001), Signs of Life (70 min., fiction, 1999), Reunion (50 min., documentary, 1995), One Day Tafo (70 min., documentary, 1991).