Judy Forshaw

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies

Senior Lecturer, Film Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Film, media and communication studies , Creative writing

Courses taught: Film Studies, Writing and Film Studies, Film Studies and Media Studies, Creative Writing

Judy is a Senior Lecturer in film studies and course leader for our BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies.

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin University, Judy studied screenwriting at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) having previously worked as a freelance film editor and script reader for film and TV.

After graduating from the NFTS she worked as a freelance scriptwriter for EastEnders, Byker Grove and Grange Hill.

Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Judy taught at the University of East Anglia and The London Film School.

Research interests

  • Contemporary gothic fiction
  • Liminal horror
  • Digital innovation in distribution
  • Low-budget filmmaking



  • MA, National Film and Television School
  • MA Creative Writing, Kingston University
  • PGCE, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Bristol

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Society of Authors

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Arts Council Award 2008, Escalator Prize for Fiction
  • Arts Council Award 2012, Award for Fiction

Selected recent publications

Chapter in an Anthology Impress Prize for Fiction 2009 (University of Exeter Press).

Digital Innovation in Distribution/ Short Film (2011 UK Film Council).

Producer Through the Lens Sci Fi Feature Film 2014 (Continuum Motion Pictures).

As a freelance scriptwriter Judy has written for TV soaps including EastEnders, Byker Grove and Grange Hill.

Recent presentations and conferences

Film Conference –What Next – Anglia Ruskin University 2014.