Roz Mortimer is a London-based artist and filmmaker whose work is focused on expanded and hybrid forms of documentary. Her work is produced by Wonderdog Films. Earlier works unpicked notions of Englishness and explored human-animal relations, whereas more recent films have focused on specific global locations from the High Arctic to the forests of Poland, telling layered and thought provoking stories which blur the boundaries between staged theatre and documentary whilst challenging our social and political understanding of the world.
Roz originally trained as a textile artist, exhibiting mixed media installations in the UK and Europe before expanding her practice to include film, photography, sound, performance and writing. She began working with moving image in 1995 and since then her award-winning films have been exhibited widely around the world in cinemas, galleries, film festivals, online and on television.
Roz has an MA in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London and a PhD in Hybrid Documentary Film from University of Westminster. She is a Senior Lecturer in Film at University for the Creative Arts. Her work has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, British Council, Film London Artist’s Moving Image Network, Animate Projects and Channel 4 Television.
Roz’s current research-led work is focused on marginalised and traumatic histories. She has been exploring these themes through a prolonged engagement with the historical and contemporary narratives of the Roma, resulting in a collection of works that have cumulated in her debut scripted feature The Deathless Woman.