Writer | Director | Producer | Academic


Coral is a filmmaker and teacher with a background as a director and editor followed by fourteen years’ experience as Senior Lecturer and Reader at the University of South Wales (USW). She taught film to undergraduates and postgraduates and supervised PhD students to completion. Directing graduate of National Film and Television School and freelance film editor for five years. Wrote, directed and produced multi-screen interactive gallery drama “Echo” and developed tools for its multiscreen projection (2012).    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.

Strong communication skills – written, verbal, audio-visual, IT
Strong interpersonal skills – teaching, filmmaking, programme leading
Strong research skills – PhD and personal research in filmmaking and theory
Collaborative, enthusiastic and committed


From To School/College/University Award/Degree(abbrev) Qualification/Subject Class/Grade Year of Award
1998 2001 The University of Kent Canterbury PhD PhD in Film Studies n/a 2003
1986 1992 The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield Studios, Beaconsfield, Bucks. Directing Graduate Directing Graduate. Winner, Cannon-Elstree Studios Bursary, awarded by the Scottish Film Training Trust. n/a 1993
1982 1983 The University of Bristol, Department of Drama, Film and Television. Pg. Cert Radio, Film and  TV One Year Postgraduate Certificate in Radio, Film, and Television Studies. n/a 1983
1979 1982 The University of Kent, Canterbury. BA(Hons) BA (Hons), Drama with Film Studies. Awarded Humanities Faculty Prize. First Class Honours 1982


From To Employer Post Held
2016 Self-Employed Volunteering at Newport City Radio, blogging, web-editing, making short video webisodes, planning half-hour documentary, teaching writing skills.
 2013  2016 University of South Wales. City Centre Campus, Usk Way, Newport NP20 2BP. Reader in Film. A title recognising excellence in research and development. Rewarded in part for making 5 screen installation “Echo”.
2002 2013 University of Wales Newport, Caerleon Campus, Wales, NP18 3YG. Senior Lecturer Film and Video (20002 – 2013). Teaching into MA and undergraduate courses in film-making and theory.
1998 2000 Film Department, University of Kent at Canterbury. PhD Studentship. Teaching 6 hours a week. Introduction to Film Studies. Seminar leader for two seminar groups per year.
1993 1996 Self Employed. Freelance Film Editor and teacher.
1991 1993 LIGHTWORKS, OLE Ltd. Charlotte Street, London. Worked three days per week as demonstrator – teacher for random access computer film editing machine. One to one sessions teaching editors.


Multi-screen Media Installation

Echo (2013). Writer/Director/Producer. Multi-screen interactive video drama (30 minutes). Screened publicly at the Riverfront November 1st – 12th 2012.

Films as Writer/Director/Producer

City Edge (1995). Director/Producer. Workshop Video. (30 minutes).

Augustine (1993). Writer/Director. Graduation Film, National Film and Television School. Forty minute psychoanalytical costume drama. Winner Special Jury Prize for Best Student Film, Houston International Film Festival. Screened at International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, 1992, and Woman’s Film Fest, Norwich, 1992. Now part of curriculum on 2nd year BA (Hons) in Film Studies, “Psychoanalysis and Film” at UWE and on BFI Database.

A Bit of Protection (1990). Producer. Directed by Laura Sims. (National Film and Television School. Screened Twice on BBC2.

Facts of Life (1988). Assistant Director. Directed by Laura Sims, Produced and Written by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart.

Night Out (1986). Writer/Director/Co-producer. Winner Ten Best Amateur Films. Making Better Movies Magazine. Best Story Award, International Amateur Cinematographer Competition.

Films as Editor

Twenty Four Seven (1998). Assistant Editor. Directed by Shane Meadows. Cinematic Feature. BBC Scala Films.

Feast (1997). Co-editor. Produced by Chris Denham, Peter Edwards. Channel Four food programme.

Bengali Backlash (1997). Editor. Directed by Arun Kumar. Channel Four “Too Young, too Fast”.

Executions (1995). Editor. Directed by Arun Kumar. Feature Documentary. [DVD] Released by Quantum Leap.

True Stories: Maradona (1995). Assistant Editor. Directed by Marc de Beaufort. Produced by Central Television for Channel Four.

Someone Else’s America (1994). Assistant Editor. Directed by Goran Paskaljevic. A Film Four film.


Echo Website (2013). . Documentation of installation and research project

Coral Houtman website (2013). . Includes complete films and show reel.

Articles Published

For a list of peer reviewed academic articles, conferences organised and attended, and review articles, please see website at:

 Other Interests

Coral enjoys playing the piano and has an Advanced Certificate in Piano from the Royal Academy of Music (1995). She is working hard to improve her jazz and playing in several bands in the local area.

References available on request

Coral Houtman © 2012-2024