Dr Susan Liddy lectures in the Department Media and Communications in MIC, Limerick where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Susan’s industry expertise lies in the area of gender. Her edited collection Women in Irish Film: Stories and Storytellers will be published by Cork University Press in February, 2020 (see jacket below). A second book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2020 entitled Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power. She has published chapters/articles in books and journals on many aspects of filmmaking and the Irish film industry.
Susan is actively involved in the industry as chair of Women in Film and Television (WFT); chair of the Equality Action Committee (EAC) representing the Writers Guild of Ireland and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland. She is also a board member of the Writers Guild. On behalf of WFT Ireland she is a founder member of the international organisation, the Alliance of Women’s Networks, and has recently been appointed to the advisory board of Women in Film and Television International.
She has recently November (2019) been awarded funding under the BAI Media Research Funding Scheme in a collaboration between MIC, Maynooth and UCD. Auditing gender and diversity change in Irish mediasectors will examine how gender and diversity policies are promoted and implemented by broadcasters, training bodies and production companies. The research is due to commence in early 2020.
Over the last number of years, she has organised a wide range of public debates on gender and diversity at film festivals, universities and industry events and attracted key personnel from the major national funding bodies – Screen Ireland, BAI, RTE, TG4 as well as key international speakers. These included two international colloquia in MIC: in 2016 and 2017. Women in the Irish Film Industry: Moving from the Margins to the Centre (2016) which was supportive by Innovate Limerick and New Horizons: Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries (2017) which was supported by Innovative Limerick and the BAI. Both attracted national and international speakers (e.g. Anna Serner, CEO Swedish Film Institute; Melissa Silverstein Women and Hollywood; Caroline Norbury CEO Creative England) key decision makers from all the major national funding bodies – Screen Ireland, BAI, RTE, TG4 and in excess of one hundred delegates at each event. She also co-organised a Dublin-based event with Creative Ireland a seminar entitled Balancing the Industry (2017)which attracted international speakers and industry professionals.
Susan has moderated panel discussions and has herself been a panellist at a wide range of public events including films festivals such as the Galway Film Fleadh; Cork Film Festival and Still Voices FF. She has moderated ‘Gender-Catch-Up as part of the Irish Film Institute’s annual Spotlight event for a number of years. This is a day-long event focused on evaluating the year in Irish film and filmmaking.
She lead the WFT initiative to sign up 8 Irish film festivals for the 50505×2020 Parity Pledge, the international initiative launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Included in the 8 festivals are three of the biggest film festivals in the country: the Galway Film Fleadh, Cork Film Festival and Dublin Film Festival. She has been a jury member (International Short Film category) for the Cork International Film Festival (2018) and is to be on the Jury of Irish Film Festa in Rome in 2020. She has co-curated a Short Film Showcase for WFT, (Irish Film Institute March 8, 2019 and again on March 8, 2020). She also co-ordinates the annual ZeBBies Short Film Script award for the Writers Guild of Ireland.
Finally, Susan has travelled to a number of European film festivals to contribute to debates on gender equality and to build connections with groups championing inclusion and diversity including – Irish Film London 2019; Karlskrona, Sweden 2018 & 2019; the Berlinale 2018 and 2019 and the Cannes Film Festival, 2019 where she contributed to a number of events including a panel discussion called: Action for Change- Reframe and Activate New Narratives. In 2020, her book Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power is to have an international launch at the Cannes Film Festival and in Karlskrona, Sweden, later in the year.