Esther van Messel Emma Davie,

Emma Davie is a documentary maker, currently teaching at Edinburgh College of Art where she is head of Film and TV and also advises with Scottish Documentary Institute which is based there.

She has made a wide variety of documentaries for national and international broadcasters and most recently directed a feature documentary called “I am Breathing” with a fiction filmmaker, Morag MacKinnon. This film was nominated for 3 Scottish BAFTA’s and won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Director. It played in over 50 countries and did a lot to raise awareness of the affects of MND on families.

Previous work includes documentaries on art including “What Age Can you Start Being an Artist?”for Channel 4 which was shortlisted for a Grierson. Other work is more observational including a one hour film for BBC "Gigha. Buying Our Island" and “Flight” which was a co-production with Canada while also pursuing more experimental work herself such as “71°N” , a co-production with Norway.

In the past Emma programmed documentaries for the Edinburgh Film Festival and also was on the board of EDN for 4 years . She has taught on many workshops throughout Europe and served on many juries. She was documentary tutor at the European Film College in Denmark for a year and has also written widely on documentary making practice. For many years she ran a performance company called Clanjamfrie which specialized in large scale shows incorporating performance and film and she also collaborated with theatre directors such as Robert LePage. Emma was educated at Oxford University where she studied English literature. She is currently working on a feature documentary film called “ Becoming Animal” which she is co-directing with Peter Mettler.