School of Creative Technologies


Mr Johnny Lochland

  • Qualifications: FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5371
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  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I became an independent filmmaker after graduating from the Contemporary Media Practice degree at the University of Westminster.  I’ve made many Short Films, Music Videos and Promotional Films as well as working in some of Soho’s biggest Post Production Facilities.  I write and direct film, many of which have screened at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Now re branded as BFI Flare), Cannes International Film Festival, New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Canada and Hong Kong.

In the meantime, I set up a film company called The Big Dipper Film Company and adapted an acclaimed David Leavitt novel, which I co-produced as well as wrote. Though the project never evolved past the development phase, Diana Rig, Simon Callow and Rupert Friend were attached to the last iteration.

I currently have a new Production Company for which I am currently developing a feature film called Offside, which tells the story or a group of Premiership Footballers who come out as gay in the UK football scene. I have developed the story with producers and I’m about to embark on a second draft of the screenplay.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently coordinate and deliver two very successful units on the BA Film Production undergraduate degree. SHORT is the first short fiction element for the second year students, they create, write and develop short film material then film it with a plan to show the short film in festivals and competitions, recently second year students have had their work accepted into the Court Metrange segment of the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival. FICT is a continuation of this exercise that comes in the 3rd and final year, the work is longer and more accomplished.

For my teaching, I specialise in the writing and directing aspect of filmmaking. 


As a lecturer and practitioner my interests lie in representations, mainly of gay men in society. I’m interested in minorities and how cultural shifts are reflected in society, speaking with cinematic language whilst bringing about ideas of change and pride. These issues are themes running through most of my short films, music videos, promotional films and ultimately feature films. 


Research profile

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