School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Tina Gharavi

Senior Lecturer in Digital Media/Film



Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter. Her work has been broadcast internationally (ITV/Channel Four (UK), Showtime (US) and selected for Sundance) and she is noted for documentary, fiction and cross-platform interactive work as well as using innovative techniques to bring untold stories of marginalised people and subjects to a mainstream audience and to empower those who can, to tell their own stories. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship (USA), a Cultural Leadership Fellowship (Hong Kong), she released her feature  film, I Am Nasrine, a coming of age story of teenage asylum-seekers from Iran in 2013. She is currently in development on a further two feature fiction films, with Film4 and BFI, and a documentary film about the US prison system currently in early stages. She is a Fellow from 2014-15 at Open Documentary Lab at MIT in Boston.

Roles and Responsibilities

Cultural Industries Placements Coordinator
Alumni & Employability Coordinator

Informal Interests

Bee-keeping, Motorcycling


Research Interests

Documentary & Fiction Film Production, Screenwriting, Community Media and Interactive Digital Storytelling.

Postgraduate Supervision

Supervise students in practice-based research including screenwriting, adaptation, interactive narrative and poetry and censorship in Iran

Esteem Indicators

Fellow MIT Open Documentary Lab

Board of trustees:

Tyneside Cinema
British Refugee Council
Regional Council, Arts Council North East


Arts Council England, British Council, Film Council UK, Heritage Lottery Fund, Baring Foundation, Northern Rock Foundation, New Writing North, Big Lottery Fund, Catherine Cookson Fund, British Council for Research in the Levant.

Industrial Relevance

Over 17 years experience as writer/producer/director.

Producer at Bridge + Tunnel , an award-winning media production company based in the North East of England and Paris.


Film, media, documentary, narrative, filmmaking, cinema, installation art, screenwriting, storytelling


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