Ms Victoria Mapplebeck

Personal profile

Victoriais an award winning Artist, Writer and Film Director. Victoria’s films for TV and the web have been commissioned by Dazed and Confused, Film Four, Film London, Channel 4 and The Arts Council. For the last fifteen years Victoria has been part of an evolving genre of interactive multi platform production, developing projects in which the audience is an integral part of the story world. In 1999, she wrote and directed Channel 4’s first interactive documentary series, Smart Hearts, in which web cams streamed from the subjects homes for over 18 months. The series explored the ways in which interactive technologies would change the ways the  subjects interacted with each other and the ways in which the  audience interacted with them . Smart Hearts was described as ‘hypnotic and compulsive’ by The Guardian and nominated for the 2001 New Media Indie Award.   

Victoria’s recent short film, 160 Characters  is an adaptation of her illustrated memoir which lifts the lid on the stories and secrets buried in a vintage Nokia. Shot on an iPhone 6, this hybrid documentary makes a unique contribution to an evolving and innovative mode of smartphone filmmaking and interactive storytelling.

160 Characters was officially selected for the 2015 BFI London Film Festival and has been recently selected for the Innovation category of the 2016 AHRC Research in Film Awards. 160 Characters will launch on Short of the Week in winter 2016 and will also be showcased in a six week exhibition of Victoria’s work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead which opens in November 2016.

Victoria is currently in production on TEXT ME an award winning interactive multiplatform arts project. TEXT ME explores the multitude of stories archived in our phone memories. TEXT ME provides an opportunity to create a dialogue with a large audience, helping them to collect, curate and share the stories of their digital past. TEXT ME raises important questions about the nature of our digital selves, relationships and archives.

Victoria has recently partnered with two European galleries. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris who will both host a TEXT ME exhibition and series of storytelling workshops and live events. TEXT ME launched at BALTIC on Valentine’s Day in 2016, followed by a series of workshops and live events at BALTIC during Summer 2016. The final six week exhibition of TEXT ME opens at BALTIC on November 4th 2016.

In 2014, TEXT ME won The Pixel Lab Prize. The Pixel Lab, ‘Supports the film and media industries in their transition to a digital age, specialising in new ways to engage with audiences across multiple platforms’. It also won The Merging Media Prize for Best European Cross platform Project, at Power to the Pixel and was featured in Wired magazine.

TEXT ME was also selected for University UK’s 20 Ideas for Life,one of 20 national research projects, which celebrated ‘the impact universities have on everyday lives in the UK and beyond, including the value and importance of their world leading research’.

Victoria’s work as a Documentary consultant has included an advisory role on Tony Garnett’s and Amy Jenkins’s BBC2 Feature drama, This Life +10, and she has also been a jury member of The Royal Television Society documentary series awards and The Banff New Media Awards. Victoria is regularly invited to speak at international festival think tanks and conferences exploring new approaches to interactive media.  These include, Cybercultures,  Crossover UK, The Banff TV Festival, HotDocs Toronto, The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam,  The Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival  and Weblab:Crossover/Studio A - Florida.

Victoria is interviewed regularly for BBC and Sky news on developments in mobile media. She is also a critic and has had features published in The Guardian, The Observer, Dox magazine, The Huffington Post and The Conversation

Victoria has previously lectured at The London Film School, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Royal College of Art, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Banff New Media Institute and The London Film School. She is the Programme Director of the MA in Documentary Practice at Royal Holloway and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also supervises practice based PhDs.



  • Wired

    Activity: Public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangeParticipation in interview for web based media

  • The Huffington Post

    Activity: Public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangeNewspaper/magazine

  • The Pixel Lab - Germany

    Activity: Conference contributionParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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