Lizzie Thynne produces films for galleries, the web and television. Her work has been shown in major exhibitions, in international festivals and on Channel Four.
Her latest film, Brighton: Symphony of a City (2016) is a modern take on the classic silent genre of the city film, exploring the ordinary and the extraordinary in the everyday life of the town’s inhabitants. It is a Brighton festival commission in collaboration with the composer Ed Hughes and premiered at the Brighton Dome on May 11th 2016, with a live performance by the Orchestra of Sound and Light.
Her feature documentaries, On the Border and Playing a Part: the Story of Claude Cahun, reflect her special interest in the often neglected role of women in history and the history of art.
She explores inventive and challenging ways of representing the past that underline its importance and fascination for the present. Her methods include drama, dance and the creative use of archive. She works with many talented collaborators and also shoots and edits her own films.
She has worked across all levels of education, teaching film, media studies, English literature and language as well as in film exhibition.
She established the MA in Digital Documentary at Sussex University in 2007. She supervises doctoral students including those doing practice-based research. She is the author of many essays on the surrealist artist, Claude Cahun, and has written on documentary ethics, research by practice, women’s representation and employment in television and film. Her other interests include surrealism, photography, and walking the Downs. She regularly gives talks at public events and conferences and has acted as a consultant in course validation, for UCAS and as external examiner in Higher Education.