"Ellen is an excellent problem-solver, a creative thinker, extremely well organised"
Principal, West Dean College

"Ellen's chapter on Nazi Propaganda was delivered on schedule, it was well written and thoroughly researched."

Editor, Under Fire

​"Ellen's talk was delivered enthusiastically at an accessible level for non-specialists. Has added to my enjoyment of watching films."

A.C., Student

About Me.

Having spent my childhood reading books, visiting art galleries, watching films and going to the theatre, it seemed inevitable that when I left school  I would work in the Arts. From my first job as a Box Office Assistant at the London Coliseum to my current freelance contracts, that's what I've done!  

I now combine Freelance PR, Marketing and Fundraising with my passion for Writing and Talking about Film.



PR. Marketing. Fundraising.


I have worked in both in-house and in freelance environments, working on a range of projects covering PR, Social Media, Web, Copywriting, Design (commissioning and managing), Print (buying), Copywriting, Proofreading and Funding applications.  ​​

I have a great affinity with all arts and heritage subjects but am equally comfortable working with clients outside of these areas.


Do check out my PR, Marketing and Fundraising page for more information.



Film Writing.

WJEC EDUQAS Film Studies for A level and AS, Illuminate Publishing, May 2018

Edited by Lisa Wardle, was one of four writers for this text book

In the Scene: Jane Campion, Supernova Books, May 2018

Electric Pictures: A Guide to the Films, Film-Makers and Cinemas of Worthing and Shoreham, The History Press, March 2017

by Ellen Cheshire and James Clarke

Drawing on research from film archives and local history resources to tell the story of the south coast film activity in Worthing and Shoreham.

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema, Supernova Books, March 2016

Edited by Melody Bridges and Cheryl Robson 

Chapter on women cinemamotographers


Counterculture UK - a celebration, Supernova Books, October 2015

Edited by Cheryl Robson and Rebecca Gillieron

Chapter on UK non-mainstream cinema

The Charlie Chaplin Archives, Taschen, August 2015

Edited by Paul Duncan

Chapters: Childhood/Theatre, Keystone and Essanay


Bio-Pics: a life in Pictures, Wallflower Press (Columbia University Press), January 2015


​The James Bond Archives, Taschen, October 2012

Edited by Paul Duncan
Chapters: The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill and Quantum of Solace​

Under Fire: a century of War Movies, Ian Allan Publishing, September 2009​
Edited by Jay Slater

Chapter: German Cinema of the Second World War 'Don't Bring Me Any Political Material'

The Coen Brothers [revised 3rd Edition], Pocket Essentials, October 2004​

The Coen Brothers [revised 2nd Edition], Pocket Essentials, June 2002

The Coen Brothers, Pocket Essentials, April 2000
Co-authored with John Ashbrook

Audrey Hepburn, Pocket Essentials, January 2004​


Ang Lee, Pocket Essentials, November 2001​


Jane Campion, Pocket Essentials, September 2000​


Science Fiction World’s Top 100 Box Office Fantasy Films, SFW, August 2000​
Chapters: all Walt Disney movies


Features and reviews published in various magazines and websites including BFI Blu-Ray Booklets, Sight & Sound, Circus 250, Chichester Observer, GScene, Classic Television, Crime Time, kamera.co.uk, Science Fiction World and Matrix. Full list available on request.

Film Lecturer.

Currently teaching Film at the University of Sussex International Study Centre for students on Foundation, International Year One and Pre-Masters courses.

Associate Lecturer at University of Chichester on their BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies.


Lecturer on A level Film Studies and ND Media Production at Chichester College. 


I regularly give one-off talks for local organisations such as the WI, WEA, NWR, PROBUS, Film and Literary Societies plus hosting events/speaking at Arts Venues in London and South East.


These have included “Celebrating Literature and Performance” at the Brighton Festival, a panellist at the Phoenix Cinema’s event on Jewish Comedy and Woody Allen (other panellists included Alexei Sayle and Victoria Wood) and introduced and hosted a Q&A with Kevin MacDonald, the Oscar winning director of One Day in September. I have run film appreciation courses for Metropolitan Film School, Croydon Clocktower, WEA, Chichester Cinema at New Park and Southern Film Education amongst others.




MA Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture

St Mary's University, Twickenham

​2014 - 2016

Dissertation 'Face 2 Face: An examination of the creator and creation in films featuring plastic surgery' (focus films: The Shape of Things, Behind the Candelabra, Stolen Face and The Skin I Live In).

Modules: 18th, 19th, 20th century British and American Gothic Literature. 20th and 21st century Gothic Film, Television, Music and Fashion. Modernities (theory module).

BA (Hons) Humanities: Film and English 

University of North London (now London Metropolitan University)​

​1994 - 1999 (studied part-time whilst working full-time)

​​Dissertation 'From Attraction to Fatal in a Single Bound'  the changing representation of women killers and the controversy these films created (focus films: Fatal Attraction and Bound). ​

​Film units included: Hollywood Melodrama; Questions of Visual Pleasure; Mainstream Media's Objectificaton of the Male and Weimar Cinema.
English units included: Science Fiction; Detective Fiction; 18th century Novel; 19th century novel and Creative Writing.

PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

University of Chichester​

Completed 2018​


City and Guilds (7407) Level 4 Certificate in Further Education Teaching – Stage One

West Sussex County Council/Chichester College​

​2006 - 2007





Where I've worked!


I have worked for over 30 years in the Arts and Media industry.

ISC University of Sussex - Film & Media Tutor

Kings Theatre Portsmouth - Project Officer

Aurora Metro - PR & Marketing

Visit Chichester - Marketing Manager​

History People UK - Researcher

Worthing WOW - Researcher

South Downs National Park - Discover More For Less Project Manager

University of Chichester - Media and Cultural Studies Lecturer

Film Hub South East - Audience Development Producer

Big Wave Productions - Production Manager

West Dean ​College and Gardens - Head
of Marketing and Communications

Cartoon de Salvo - General Manager for theatre company

Chichester College – Lecturer ​

A Level Film Studies and ND Media Production

Chichester Cinema at New Park – General Manager

Carlton Television – Production Manager For Factual Programmes

Deborah Goodman Publicity – Publicist for Arts And Entertainment Clients

BBC/Educational Broadcasting Services Trust - Production Manager/Administrator

Barbican Arts Centre - Administration

Granada Television - Press Assistant

Dominion Theatre - General Manager's PA

Proscenium Publications - Advertising Assistant for Theatre Programme Publishers

London Coliseum - Box Office Assistant