Andy Lawrence is a filmmaker and a teacher using anthropological knowledge and ethnographic research methods to explore issues using film and video. His work often explores journeys and transformation and his latest film on this subject, The One and the Many is currently screening at film festivals worldwide. Andy is filmmaker in residence and a Lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology in Manchester, UK.
Andy’s main interest is in the uncertainty that surrounds momentous life changing experiences. He has made films about childbirth, death, adolescence, old age, adventure and identity with regional specialisation in the UK and India. Andy plays a leading role in the delivery of the MA in Visual Anthropology, and he is the principal tutor for the two week International Summer School, Filmmaking for Fieldwork.
Andy studied social anthropology at UCL and visual anthropology at the Granada Centre before working for TV in the UK, USA and the Netherlands. He has worked on many subjects and produced festival winning films. Andy has also worked in drama, collaborating with acclaimed poet Mark Gwynne Jones to produce the short film, The Message, which looks at the fragile nature of inter-generational transmission of knowledge