Professor Tony Dowmunt

Tony’s work has involved arts documentaries, alternative/community media and practice research in the moving image.

Staff details

Professor Tony Dowmunt


Emeritus Professor


Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


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Tony Dowmunt is currently an Emeritus Professor, co-supervising Practice Research PhDs, mostly in the field of radical and 'alternative' documentary practices. He is currently working on a website about Australian Indigenous Media.

He also co-directs the London Community Video Archive which is preserving community-made videos from the 1970s and '80s, to enable them to be used as a resource for contemporary debates and activism.

Tony was Convenor of the MA Screen Documentary in the Department from 1995-2015, and helped develop the AVPhD practice-based doctoral research programme. He was a Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, funded by the AHRC, from 2003-6, doing a project investigating autobiographical documentary and the video diary form, in both theory and practice, which he then converted into a practice-based PhD awarded in 2010.

As well as teaching, he has worked as a television Producer/Director, and as a community media activist. His more recent work involved innovative arts documentaries. His other research interests have included 'alternative/community media' (both in the UK and Indigenous Australia) and the growing field of practice research in the moving image. He was a founding member of the steering group of AVPhD, a training organisation for all those involved in audio-visual practice/research doctorates.

Publications and research outputs


Dowmunt, Tony; Coyer, K. and Fountain, A.. 2007. The Alternative Media Handbook. Routledge. ISBN 9780415359658

Book Section

Dowmunt, Tony. 2015. Will it harm the sheep? Developments and disputes in central Australian indigenous media. In: Chris Atton, ed. The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media. June 1st 2015: Taylor & Francis, pp. 469-480. ISBN 978-0-415-64404-4


Dowmunt, Tony. 2013. Autobiographical documentary – the ‘seer and the seen’. Studies in Documentary Film, 7(3), pp. 263-277. ISSN 1750-3280

Dowmunt, Tony. 2010. An Invigorating Shake? IM e-journal(5),

Dowmunt, Tony. 2007. Waves of potentiality: Some thoughts on database narratives and the digital dissemination of audio-visual practice research. Journal of Media Practice, 8(1), pp. 39-48. ISSN 14682753


Dowmunt, Tony; Porter, Andy and Webb Ingall, Ed. 2017. London Community Video Archive.


Dowmunt, Tony. 2010. A WHITED SEPULCHRE.

Dowmunt, Tony. 2007. A Whited Sepulchre.

Dowmunt, Tony and UNSPECIFIED. 2007. A Whited Sepulchre.


Tony, Dowmunt. 2014. Satellite Dreaming - Revisited.


Dowmunt, Tony. 2010. A Whited Sepulchre: Autobiography and video diaries in ‘post-documentary’ culture. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London