MOVEMENT ACTIVIST AND FILMMAKER
Emma has instigated work in Body and Movement: Artist and researcher for 27 years, performing, studying, teaching and creating for both theatre and film, winning awards for innovation. She founded Too Too Physical Film and subsequently Theatre of the Disrupted achieving ground-breaking research in actor movement training. Whilst she worked on Hollywood films as an actor, motion capture artist and on the set of three Woody Allen films for example and later as an actor’s agent herself.
Emma studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art, the National Film School and at Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked on over 200 productions including her own such as ‘Standing Ground’ (2010), ‘Touched’ (2000), ‘Public Sight Private Site’ (1997), ‘Off Screen’ (1994) ‘Cover-Up’ (1994), ‘Small Rooms’ (1993) and ‘Dissolution of the Flesh’ (1992) all of which are currently being archived by the BFI. Emma’s most current work looks at transferring the experience of being a victim of abuse and crime into the bodies of actors, using the latest findings in practical and scientific research.
The aim of her work is to attack the possibility of meaningful human expression in contemporary theatre and on screen. She invokes experimental theatre and film relevant to a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous evolution. Moving images that challenge current understanding of our communication with others.
Emma’s mission is not only in addressing issues of abuse in her work but also as a campaigner reaching a catalyst in her facebook entry that pre dated the ‘Me Too’ revolution, in which she received a tidal wave response from those within the industry to her heartfelt comment and personal experience of ‘Weinstein culture’.
Her first company partly spent 13 years contracted to recording court hearings across inner London’s Crown Courts including the Old Bailey. She attributes this time as a catalyst for her broadened awareness of the nature of abuse in the country. Going forward she is in the process of setting up an organisation that is to look at the main areas of research into why abusers abuse, successful detection and interception and effective handling of those charged or convicted