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CORAL HOUTMAN is a fiction filmmaker presently employed at the University of South Wales as Reader in Film and Video.  Born and bred in London, she started off as a film projectionist for the BBC and subsequently worked for fifteen years in various roles in the film industry, writing and directing films, eventually becoming an editor of documentary and fiction. Coral studied film at the University of Kent, the University of Bristol and is a directing graduate of the National Film and Television School where she directed  Augustine, a forty minute costume drama which won the award for Best Film 1995 at the Houston International Film Festival (an award previously won by Martin Scorsese).  She gained her Ph.D in 2003 (University of Kent) on the subject of Female Voice and Agency in Film Adaptations which concentrated on aspects of narrative and point of view, examining the practical aspects of film adaptation in relationship to mainstream thrillers and female writing. At the University of South Wales, she has continued to explore film practice by making a multi-screen immersive narrative drama. and enjoys research and teaching and interacting with her students.