The Director

Michael Chanan is Professor of Film & Video at Roehampton University, London, and a seasoned documentary film-maker. Beginning as a music critic, he made films on contemporary music for BBC Television in the early 1970s, then after a spell teaching film in London, he directed a number of films on Latin American subjects in the ‘80s, mainly for Channel Four, and subsequently returned to teaching. He was Visiting Professor at Duke University, North Carolina, in 2000, and then joined the University of the West of England, Bristol, where he was Professor of Cultural Studies until he moved to Roehampton.

His recent films include Detroit: Ruin of a City (2005). Full filmography here.

He is the author of books on cinema, including Cuban Cinema (2004) and The Politics of Documentary (2007), and on music, including Musica Practica (1994) and Repeated Takes (1995). Full details and a selection of his writing at