Tony Dowmunt is currently an Emeritus Professor, co-supervising Practice Research PhDs, mostly in the field of radical and 'alternative' documentary practices.
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.
Will it harm the sheep? Developments and disputes in central Australian indigenous media
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
Autobiographical documentary – the ‘seer and the seen’
Dowmunt, Tony. 2013. Autobiographical documentary – the ‘seer and the seen’. Studies in Documentary Film, 7(3), pp. 263-277. ISSN 1750-3280
Waves of potentiality: Some thoughts on database narratives and the digital dissemination of audio-visual practice research
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
A Whited Sepulchre: Autobiography and video diaries in ‘post-documentary’ culture
Dowmunt, Tony. 2010. A Whited Sepulchre: Autobiography and video diaries in ‘post-documentary’ culture. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London