Andy Lawrence uses anthropology and ethnographic research methods to make films about quests and personal transformation, his latest work on this subject, One Long Journey is due for release later this year. In addition to the Freie University in Berlin, Germany Andy currently holds lectureships at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester in the UK and the University of Bern in Switzerland.
Lawrence is interested in the uncertainty that surrounds momentous life changing experiences. He has made films about childbirth, death, adolescence, old age, adventure and identity in the UK and India. Andy studied social anthropology at UCL and visual anthropology at the Granada Centre before receiving his PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance from the University of Manchester. He has worked for TV in the UK, USA and the Netherlands, working on many subjects and producing 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.