Professor Roger Shannon FRSA


Professor Roger Shannon
Professor of Film and Television


Department of Media
Creative Edge Building
01695 584702


Roger Shannon is a Professor of Film and Television. He teaches across a range of modules.  His research interests focus on UK film policy and Independent Film. He has published in this area and has presented papers at internal, national and international conferences.His recent activities in re-examining the production output of Birmingham Film/Video Workshop within the broader 1980’s Film Workshop Movement in the UK has been entered into the REF submission as an impact case study. This scrutiny also includes the cultural retrieval of the film work of Helen Biggar (1909 – 1953).

Roger Shannon joined the University in 2007; before that his career had been in the film industry. He has been associated with over 20 UK feature films including Festival, Butterfly Kiss and Under The Skin and has worked with ground breaking talents including Jimmy McGovern, Michael Winterbottom and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Roger’s productions have won awards at International Film Festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Edinburgh and Berlin.

He is still active in film, most recently as an Adviser for Penny Woolcock’s film, One Mile Away (Winner, Michael Powell Award, Edinburgh Film Festival, 2013.) His other recent credits as Executive Producer include the music documentary, Made in Birmingham/Reggae Punk Bhangra, which was nominated for three RTS awards.


Visiting Film Professor, International Producer Workshops, Cuban Film School,

San Antonio de Los Banos, Cuba, 2007/09

Visiting Honorary Professor, International Film Business, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, 2007/08

Visiting Film Fellow, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, 2004/06

Associate Fellow, Film Studies Dept, Warwick University, 2002/04

Head of Film Production, Scottish Screen, 2004/05

Interim CEO, Screen Yorkshire, 2002/03

Head of Production Dept, UK Film Council, 2000/01

Head of BFI Production Board, British Film Institute, 1997 – 2000

CEO, Moving Image Development Agency/MIDA, Liverpool, 1992/97

Founding Director, Birmingham International Film and Television Festival, 1985/92

Founding Producer, Birmingham Film/Video Workshop, 1979/87

View Roger Shannon’s entry on IMDB –


BA (Hons) English Literature, Teesside University 1976
MA Cultural Studies, Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham, 1979


MED 1200 Screen Writing
MED 1411 Story Telling
MED 2201 Screen Adaptations
MED 3209 Film and Television Personal Specialism Project
MDM 4002 Contemporary Media Theory and Practice
MDM 4011 Original Screen Media Practice

Research Interests

Film Policy
UK Independent Film
Literature and Film; Screen Adaptations
Diasporic Cinema
Regional Film
Film Festivals
Film Producer, Sir Michael Balcon
Creative Industries

Professional Areas of Expertise

Film Production Funding and Financing
Script Development, Screen Writing and Screen Adaptations
International and National Film Policy
Film Festivals and Film Distribution
Regional and City based film making
Talent Development


Long, P., Baig-Clifford, Y. and Shannon, R. (2013) ‘What We’re Trying to Do is Make Popular Politics’: The Birmingham Film and Video Workshop. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 33 (3). pp. 377-395.

Interview Dossier – with Roger Shannon, Alan Fountain, Rod Stoneman
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 33 (3). pp. 454 – 474

Shannon, R. (2013) Lost in Adaptation – The Producer’s View. In: Wells-Lassagne, S. and Hudelet, A. (eds). Screening Text: Critical Perspectives on Film Adaptation. McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, pp. 231-238.

Shannon, R (2013) A Case of Coup de Foudre.  In: Connolly, J. and Whelan, C. (eds.).World Film Locations Liverpool. Intellect Books, Bristol, UK, pp. 8 – 9

Conference Papers (in 2013)

‘Approaching Media Industries’ International Conference (2013) at University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. Paper on ‘Unravelling the UK Film Council’. May, 2013.

‘Race and Popular Culture Conference’ (2013) at Edge Hill University, Nr   Liverpool, UK. Paper on ‘Documentary Film and Music’. June, 2013.

‘Into The Light’ Conference (2013) about the career of Birmingham film producer, Sir Michael Balcon. Co Organiser, Char, Panel Speaker. Held at Parkside Building, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK. October, 2013

‘Film Policy in the English Speaking World’ International Conference (2013), Paris, France. Organised by CinEcosa, Paris, France. Paper on ‘UK Film Policy at the BFI / UK Film Council.’ October, 2013

Open University event (2013) about the film, ‘The Stuart Hall Project’, dir, John Akomfra. Invited Panel Member. Held at MAC, Birmingham, UK.  October, 2013

‘Cine Excess’ International Conference (2013), at MAC Cinema, Birmingham, UK c/o B Film Studies Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. Panel Member for discussion on ‘Echoes of Excess.’ November, 2013

Professional Bodies and External Activities

Roger Shannon has a long history of involvement in the media and arts, regionally and nationally.  He served on numerous committees for the British Film Institute, Arts Council of England, West Midlands Arts and the Independent Film Makers Association in the 1980’s and 1990’s as a champion for independent film making in the regions.

Roger Shannon is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, FRSA.

He has also held membership of industry bodies such as BAFTA, RTS, PACT etc and was a member of the BFI Production Board (1990/93) and the Lottery Film Panel at the Arts Council (1996/99).

At MIDA in Liverpool he founded the first regional feature film fund in the UK, a model which the UK Film Council used as the template for the network of Regional Screen Agencies from 2000 onwards.

His Board Memberships and Directorships in recent years have included Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham; the Booker Prize nominated publisher, Tindal Street Press; the A N D Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture, Liverpool and Manchester; Clapperboard, a film making charity for young people in Liverpool; VIVID, a contemporary arts gallery in Birmingham; YourTv,  in both Liverpool and Birmingham.

His film company, swish films, develops and produces films as well as organising film events and Festivals, including The Departure Lounge for debut feature film makers and the ‘Lost in Adaptation’ Festival (about film and literature).

 Invited Talks, Panels and Chairing (in 2013)

 23 February, 2013 – Introduction to public screening of ‘El Shooq’, Oscar nominated for Best  Foreign Language film, directed by Khaled El Hagar, at MAC Cinema, Birmingham, UK

8 March, 2013 – Devised, Chaired, Spoke at Helen Biggar event at Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland; including screenings of Traces Left, produced by Roger Shannon for BFVW ; Hell Unltd, co-dir Helen Biggar.

22 March, 2013 – Chaired ‘In Conversation’ event with writer and satirist, Alexei Sayle, at FACT, Liverpool, UK, on behalf of Clapperboard UK.

23 March 2013 – Talk and intro to film, ‘ Surreal Enigmas’, about the surrealist Conroy Maddox, followed by q n a,  at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK

28 and 31 March, 2013 –  Invited speaker at the ‘Arts Lab’ Retrospective, Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK

18 April, 2013 – Introduced screening of ‘Made in Birmingham/Reggae Punk Bhangra’ (Exec Producer, Roger Shannon) at Sound City Festival, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, UK

7 May, 2013 – Chaired ‘In Conversation’ and q n a with writer/director Steven Knight, re film ‘Hummingbird’, Cineworld, Birmingham, UK

12 May, 2013 – Introduced and q n a’d screening of ‘Made in Birmingham/Reggae Punk Bhangra’ (Exec Producer, Roger Shannon) at the Barber Institute for Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, UK

25 September, 2013 – Organised, Chaired, spoke at launch of the book, ‘World Film Locations/Liverpool’ at West Africa House, Liverpool, UK. (Edge Hill University in association with Liverpool Film Office and Intellect Books).

5 October, 2013 – Invited  panel speaker to discuss the film, ‘The Stuart Hall Project’, dir, John Akomfra, at MAC, Birmingham, UK; event organised by Open University.

10 October, 2013 – Chaired ‘In Conversation’ Public event with award winning novelist, Jonathan Coe, at City of Birmingham Library, as part of Birmingham Literature Festival, Birmingham, UK

28 November, 2013 – Co Organised, Chaired and Spoke at Public event, The Unforgotten Coat, at Creative Edge, Edge Hill University, Nr Liverpool, UK

 Other Media

Roger Shannon is frequently interviewed for BBC (Merseyside; Birmingham; and West Midlands) and Bay TV Liverpool.

Documentary film, More Canals Than Venice, dir Steve Rainbow – interview with Roger Shannon about film producer, Michael Balcon; release t b c.

Photographic Exhibition, ‘Back in the CCCS’ – Roger Shannon is producing photo exhibition of alumni from Birmingham School of Contemporary Cultural Studies; portraits taken by Roy Peters of 35 alumni incl Professors Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy, Dick Hebdige, Angela MacRobbie, etc; to be exhibited at University of Birmingham  in June 2014 during 50th anniversary International Conference  of the birth of cultural studies in the UK, 1964 – 2014.

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