Colours of the Alphabet forms the heart of a practice based research project developed and produced over five years, between Newcastle University, and The University of the West of Scotland, with development support from the The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University.
The research project aims to filmicly reveal the complexities of our multilingual world, specifically focusing on linguistic anthropological perspectives of minority languages use and education. The project aims to highlight the importance of mother-tongue education and research the capacity of creative documentary film as a medium to research and bring attention to such subjects related to language and society.
As well as the film, the filmmakers have published various articles related to the project. A list of which can be found below.
For more information on the research surrounding the project, or for academic screenings, presentations or institutional copies of the film please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the director through his Newcastle University profile.
Selected published articles related to the project.
- Cole A. Editing the Observed: Evaluation and Value Creation Processes in the Editing of a Feature Documentary Film. In: Craig Batty, Marsha Berry, Kath Dooley, Bettina Frankham, Susan Kerrigan, ed. The Palgrave Handbook of Screen Production. Cham: Palgrave MacMillan, 2019, pp.243-255.
- Cole A. Language Lessons. Anthropology News 2019, 60(5), 8-12.
- Cole A, Higgins N. From doctoral project to cinematic release: A dialogue on the impact pathway of Colours of the Alphabet.Journal of Media Practice and Education 2018, 19(3), 243-255.
- Cole A. Documentary Film as a Research Tool: Schooling for Modernity in Rural Zambia. In: Bell D, ed. Mind the Gap: Working papers on practice based doctoral research in the creative arts and media. Dublin: Distillers Press, National College of Art & Design, 2016.
And further article exploring the film and themes of the project can be read at
- Smith-Khan, L. Schooling challenges of multilingual children, Languages on the Move. 2018.