• Role Title: Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5702
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  • Department: School of Film, Media & Communication
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries


Ben joined the academic staff in 2015. His extensive broadcast documentary and drama experience behind the camera now enriches the student experience both with active engagement on industry commissions and by placing practical filmmaking skills into the hands of the next generation of filmmakers.


Over thirty years shooting films the world over for U.K and U.S television networks has equipped Ben with an innate ability to chart a film’s unfolding narrative and empathise with its characters swiftly. His docs background lends his drama work a naturalistic edge and ensures an efficient working ethic on location. His understanding of film language, lighting principles, and ability to construct scenes intuitively and desire to work as part of a creative team are assets available to all undergraduate filmmakers. ‘The Gospel of John’ enjoyed an Easter premiere on BBC 1 and his work on ‘Martin Luther’ will mark the 500th centenary on US TV. The Michael Caine ‘My Generation’ documentary is currently in post-production and he was part of the Ch4 ‘Dispatches: Phone-hacking’ team referenced by the Leveson Enquiry. His writing collaboration with Garo Berberian on ‘Return of the Tyke’ won an ARPA Award, and they are now working together on a film set during the Armenian Genocide: ‘Taniel’.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Unit Co-ordinator, Shooting Techniques
  • Unit Co-ordinator, Cinematography
  • Unit Lecturer, External Live Brief
  • Unit Lecturer, Graduate Film
  • Unit Lecturer, Project Initiation & Career Management


My Generation

Ben Hodgson was Director of Photography on this major documentary featuring Sir Michael Caine as he re-traces the creative influence of the Working Class during the 1960s. Two undergraduates worked with Ben & Sir Michael Caine on set.


Director of Photography for a major Docu-Drama on the life of the revolutionary German monk who set Europe aflame with his infamous stand against papal corruption. Two film students shadowed Ben on location in Poland.


A short art film by Garo Berberian about the life of Armenian Poet Taniel Varoujan before he was murdered in the Armenian Genocide. Based on true events and the poetry of Varoujan and Ben Hodgson, this art film shows the last months of his life until his murder in 1915. Taniel draws on the talents of UoP undergraduates.

Cry Baby

A Portsmouth Festival Lecture

It’s a child’s toy. It’s the only instrument through which you breathe. It has the power of a locomotive yet sleeps in your pocket and cries like a baby. Ben Hodgson takes you on a journey of Blues Harmonica, from Germany to Liverpool via the Southern States, discovering some of the greatest players in history.

A vastly experienced and enthusiastic Director of Photography with excellent people management and communication skills. Thirty years in broadcast documentary sector and with a major three part drama ‘The Gospel of John’ premiered on BBC1 Television. Ben has now also joined the academic staff at Portsmouth University serving the Film, TV & Broadcast Degree Course.