My favourite community cinema experience was working on Deptford Cinema’s travelling cinema for older people and hearing how one of our events had an amazing impact on a local man who had become isolated. He chatted with us long after the film finished and even helped us pack away the kit. I also really loved collaborating with Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Films, New York (of Toxic Avenger fame!) thanks to one of our volunteers who knew him. Lloyd hosted an event with us and called me the ‘Goddess of Anarchic Cinema’! It was a moment in which I recognised that we have a global network of people passionate about and dedicated to supporting independent filmmaking and community cinema.
Victoria has been an active volunteer at Deptford Community Cinema in South East London since early 2017 and is deeply committed to equality and diversity, and thinking about ways in which social problems can be addressed through coming together to programme and watch films. She has worked in film and media education for more than 13 years, first as a FE teacher and now as a senior lecturer in media studies at the University of Sussex. Her research uses media and film-philosophy to explore how digital technologies are used by memorial museums to encourage people to remember genocides and human right atrocities. She has a PhD in Film Studies from Queen Mary, University of London and has worked as a freelance educator for the British Film Institute, Media Education Association, Holocaust Educational Trust and other organisations, as well being an examiner for several major exam boards for film and media studies. She is also founder and co-chair of the Media and Museums Working Group of the Memory Studies Association.