Research at Leeds Beckett
About Alex AshcroftAlex began his career as a studio recording and live sound engineer, subsequently running the “Equal Voices” project, an inclusive youth citizenship programme developed by the Campaign for Racial Equality, using musical performance and recording workshops and events to give black and ethnic minority young people in Scotland a voice and encourage them to develop positive self-image.
Alex has worked with acclaimed directors such as Ken Loach, Michael Radford, Leslie Manning and most recently, Shola Amoo on the narrative feature-film “The Last Tree”, which premiered at Sundance 2019, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema and is distributed by Picture House in the UK. He is currently working with director Dylan Williams (Men who Swim) on an upcoming feature documentary for the BBC.
Alex has also worked as Senior Touring sound engineer with the Royal Shakespeare Company and as Head of Sound/ Sound Specialist with Cirque Du Soleil on a number of their international touring productions.
His collaborations with visual artists include Rosalind Nashashibi and El Anatsui.
Projects Alex has worked on have been screened and exhibited widely, including BBC, Channel 4, MTV, Venice Biennale, Cannes, Sundance, The Guggenheim Museum & MoMA.
He is a graduate of the Northern Film School and National Film and Television School, and an alumnus of the Banff Centre for the Arts Audio Engineering Practicum residency where he researched studio and location-based surround sound recording methods, working with Grammy Award-winning mentor, David Gleeson (Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Fight Club).
Alex has taught sound at the European Film College, Denmark., Bangor University, BFI Academy, Met Film School, London. and in 2015 was awarded the Randall International Chair at Alfred University, New York.
Current TeachingBA Filmmaking modules:
- Specialist Workshops 1
- Documentary Filmmaking
- Specialist Workshops 4