Nic Blower

Senior Lecturer
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
 Nic Blower



Nic is a filmmaker and lecturer, combining filmmaking with his practice as research. At the University of Essex Nic lectures and supervises students in fiction and documentary filmmaking from undergraduate to PhD. As an industry specialist Nic has worked extensively for the BBC, producing and directing documentaries and drama documentaries. His critically acclaimed film Transplant followed both sides of the organ donation story, a first for UK television. His work has taken him around the world, filming in Lebanon, Palestine, Nepal and the US. His subjects have included neurosurgery in The Brain Hospital for BBC 1, social housing in the series Neighbourhood Watched for BBC 1, missing people in the The Day They Disappeared for BBC 1 and forensic science in the film No Ordinary Murder for BBC 2. Nic’s approach focuses on deep access, combining Direct Cinema and Cinéma Vérité. His fiction short film Periphery won awards at Buxton Film Festival and Lakeshorts Film Festival in Canada. Nic is currently working on two documentaries and a further fiction film.


  • M.A. Film Studies University of Essex, (2012)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer ASER, Literature, Film & Theatre Studies, University of Essex (1/9/2018 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Contemporary Texts and Contexts (LT109)

  • Introduction to Film Production (LT122)

  • Documentary Filmmaking (LT225)

  • Advanced Fiction Filmmaking (LT408)

  • The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways (LT705)

  • Independent Film Project (LT833)

  • Independent Project in Film Studies (LT834)

Previous supervision

Fuad Abdulaziz Mohamed
Fuad Abdulaziz Mohamed
Thesis title: Visual Musicality and the Moving Image
Degree subject: Film Studies (Creative Practice)
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/6/2020
Elena Maria Dirstaru
Elena Maria Dirstaru
Thesis title: Voices, Bodies, and Power in the Documentary Interview
Degree subject: Film Studies (Creative Practice)
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 2/3/2020
Katja Waschneck
Katja Waschneck
Thesis title: Screening Oulipo From Potential Literature to Potential Film
Degree subject: Film Studies (Creative Practice)
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/7/2018


Journal articles (1)

Blower, N., WE’RE IN THIS TOO: upcycling filmmaking methodologies to create narrative space for those without a voice. Studies in Documentary Film

Conferences (1)

Hammond, A., Lowry, R., Blower, N., Poerio, GL., O'Gorman, R., Chiu, F. and Warsap, G., Documenting The Hidden: Uncovering The Lived Experience Of Young People In Post-COVID 19 Essex

Media (3)

Blower, N., ‘Documenting Tales of Spring and Winter: Gender, Histories and Intergenerational Exchange in Global Theatre’. Video

Blower, N., Poerio, GL., O'Gorman, R., Lowry, R., Hammond, A. and Chiu, F., WE'RE IN THIS TOO (Documenting The Hidden) documentary film. Video

Blower, N., LIFTED. Video

Grants and funding


Donor Conception and Identity Disclosure: what happens when people trace their donor through social media or genetic testing?

British Academy

Stories from the Stead

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group

+44 (0) 1206 874456


5NW.5.3, Colchester Campus

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