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Cormac Donnelly

Liverpool Screen School

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

Cormac Donnelly is a Senior Lecturer in Film at Liverpool John Moores University. His research interests include Film Sound, Film Craft History and Videographic Criticism. He has published video essays in NECSUS, The Cine-Files, [in]Transition, and Screenworks and his work has appeared in the annual Sight and Sound ‘Best Video Essay’ poll since 2019. He currently holds an associate editor position at the journal [in]Transition and is researching a PhD at the University of Glasgow in videographic essay practice and film sound.


2016, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom, MSc Sound Design

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Film, Screen School, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present

Internet publication

Donnelly C. 2024. Calibrating for Kindness. A Pedagogical Encounter with Video Essay Students Publisher Url Public Url

Donnelly C. 2023. A Tactile Art DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Donnelly C. 2023. Sound Before Picture DOI Publisher Url Public Url


Donnelly C. 2022. Can I Remember It Differently? Publisher Url Public Url

Book review

Donnelly C. 2022. The Spanish quinqui film: delinquency, sound, sensation Studies in European Cinema, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Donnelly C. 2021. I am Sitting in a Room, Listening to Mank Screenworks, 12 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Donnelly C. 2020. Sonic Chronicle, Post Sound Greene LIZ. NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, 9 :453-456 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Donnelly C. 2020. “THE STORY OF A DREAM,” ON NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Avissar ARIEL, Kreutzer EVELYN. The Cine-Files, 15 Publisher Url Public Url

Donnelly C. 2019. Pan Scan Venkman Benson-Allott CAETLIN, Shackleton CHARLIE. {in}Transition, Publisher Url Public Url

Conference presentation:

In Dialogue: Embodying and Disembodying the Video Essayist’s Voice, In the Works - Manking and Un-makings of the Video Essay, Lucerne School of Art & Design Switzerland, Oral presentation. 2023

Sound Stack - On Sonic Chronicle, Post Sound, The Theory and Practice of the Video-essay, UMass Amherst, Massachusetts, Video Essay Presentation. 2022

Listening as a Homeless Ghost - Sound, Space, and Perspective in Panic Room, Screen Conference, University of Glasgow, Oral presentation. 2022

Monochromasonics - the sound of Black & White nostalgia, Technology & Tradition, Futureworks Manchester, Oral presentation. 2021

Chasing the Narrative - Re-situating the Action in Point Break, Kathryn Bigelow: A Visionary Director, University of Wolverhampton, Oral presentation. 2019

Selling the Star Beast: Alien and trailer logic, 40 Years of Alien, Bangor University, Oral presentation. 2019

The Sonic Suggestion of Dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park franchise, 25 Years of Jurassic Park (1993): An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Palaeontological Imaginatio, Cardiff University, Oral presentation. 2018


Shortlisted for Best Videographic Film Criticism, BAFTSS, 2023

Shortlisted for Best Videographic Film Criticism, BAFTSS, 2021

Stylistic Form Award, Video Essay Film Festival & the Cinema Foundation for Rome, 2020

Other invited event:

Video Essay Theory & Practice Conference, Lucerne, Switzerland, Invited researcher at a four day research and practice conference organised by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts as part of the 'Video Essay: Futures of Audiovisual Research and Teaching' project. 2022

Videography: Art and Academia. Epistemological, Political and Pedagogical Potentials of Audiovisual Practices, Herrenhausen Palace Hanover, Invited speaker on the panel “Field Reports (by (Artistic) PhD Candidates and Supervisors” at the symposium co-organised by the Leibniz University Hannover & Filmuniversität Babelsberg. 2022

Interrogating the Modes of Videographic Criticism, Aarhus University (Online), Invited speaker on the panel ‘Personal Exploration’. 2022