"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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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