CORAL HOUTMAN is a fiction filmmaker (writer and director) who pursues practice and production-based research in Screen Media and Performance. Born 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 and the University of Bristol. She 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 PhD 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 (USW), where she was Reader and Senior Lecturer in film, she taught film directing and theory and continued to explore film practice by making the multi-screen immersive narrative drama Echo. After leaving USW she worked in 2017 and 2018 as a Creative Agent for Arts Council Wales, on the Lead Creative Schools scheme, acting as a “critical friend” on two artistic projects in local schools. She enjoys filmmaking, research, teaching and interacting with students and young people. Currently, Coral is working hard to improve her playing as a jazz pianist and is a member of a band playing regularly in the local area.