Dr Helen Bendon


Dr Helen Bendon
NameDr Helen Bendon
Job title"Interim Head of Department, School of Film"
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Film
Email addressH.Bendon@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0600-8524
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Helen is Interim Head of the Film School and Associate Professor in Film and Media. Helen teaches on the BA Film programme. She is also Academic Lead on the Changing the Culture, an institutional wide initiative shifting attitudes, values and behaviours and creating more inclusive and tolerant communities. She coordinated the ACI involvement in "No Home for Hate", funded by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund, in 2017/18. Building on this work, Helen brings these agendas into the curricula to increase student engagement and awareness around EDI in ways that are meaningful and transformative. Partnership projects with the VCPB, Safe4Faith with the Metropolitan Police, ThriveLdn for World Mental Health Day, and Barnet Menace have resulted in KE projects for and with our students. 

Helen is an artist/filmmaker working predominantly in film, her practice is anchored around intimate narratives: often understated or tacitly conveyed, often working with marginalised or minoritised voices.

Teaching

Helen teaches on the BA Film programme and specialises in Art Direction for Film.

Her key teaching and learning interests are:

Art Direction and Film Language

Blended theory and practice teaching and learning in film

Articulating film and media practice as research

Locative storytelling

Collaboration with external partners and students on Knowledge Exchange projects.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity embedded into the student experience.

Civic engagement and creativity

Helen is currently supervising PhD by Public works:

  • 'Strong Women Don't Have the Blues'- Autobiographical Documentary and the Strong Black Woman Trope.
  • Documentary Filmmaking as an Ethical Practice: Looking for Life Stories.
  • Beyond the Single Screen: a study of multi-image filmmaking.

 

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Embedding impact in collaborative filmmaking processes: a case study

Bendon, H. and Lukic, V. 2022. Embedding impact in collaborative filmmaking processes: a case study. Media Practice and Education. 23 (2), pp. 188-194. https://doi.org/10.1080/25741136.2022.2056792

The artist as historyteller within museum and heritage sites

Bendon, H. 2018. The artist as historyteller within museum and heritage sites. PhD thesis Middlesex University Media

Time stands still

Bendon, H. and Butt, M. 2015. Time stands still.

Moving tales, exploring narrative strategies for scalable locative audio drama.

Parry, N., Bendon, H., Boyd Davis, S., Moar, M. and BBC 2009. Moving tales, exploring narrative strategies for scalable locative audio drama. ISEA09 International Symposium on Electronic Art. Belfast, Northern Ireland 23 Aug - 01 Sep 2009

The role of art practice within VivaCity2020

Bendon, H. 2009. The role of art practice within VivaCity2020. in: Cooper, R., Evans, G. and Boyko, C. (ed.) Designing sustainable cities Chichester WileyBlackwell. pp. 263-278

Scratch.

Skinner, P., Parry, N., Bendon, H., Moar, M., Boyd Davis, S., Collingwod, F., Mortimer, J. and BBC 2008. Scratch. St James' Gardens, Liverpool

Skirting around the edges: a creative practice-led research project into notions of resistance and continuity of life experience in the city fringes (case study area: Clerkenwell, London, UK).

Bendon, H. 2008. Skirting around the edges: a creative practice-led research project into notions of resistance and continuity of life experience in the city fringes (case study area: Clerkenwell, London, UK). Interdisciplinary design and research e-Journal. Volume, pp. 1-19.

Locating drama: a demonstration of location-aware audio drama

Parry, N., Bendon, H., Boyd Davis, S., Moar, M. and Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (1st : 2008 : Erfurt, Germany) 2008. Locating drama: a demonstration of location-aware audio drama. in: Spierling, U. and Szilas, N. (ed.) Interactive storytelling : First Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2008 Erfurt, Germany, November 26-29, 2008, proceedings. Berlin Springer.

Egg and spoon.

Bendon, H. 2007. Egg and spoon.

Being there: detailing the city experience.

Bendon, H. and Thom, J. 2006. Being there: detailing the city experience. Hoopers Gallery, London and Urbis, Manchester
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