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Aaron Guthrie
b 1994 • IRELAND 🇮🇪



Aaron Guthrie is focused on young audiences. He is a Young Consultant for BFI FAN. He worked at Queen’s Film Theatre as Young Audiences Coordinator and lead the brand creation of LUMI. He’s currently building a new consultancy to connect cultural cinemas with younger audiences. He’s Irish, loves running and is addicted to buying books.



Aaron Guthrie holds a Bachelor of Film & Television from University of Westminster, London. He is currently enrolled at Queen’s University Belfast, researching a doctorate on cinema exhibition and its futures since 2018.

He founded and is a producer of New Notions, a production company creating factual stories and cinema events.

With New Notions he produced Boat Builders, a feature length documentary based on characters and archive film of Belfast’s shipyards, funded by Northern Ireland Screen and produced as part of BFI's Britain on Film: Coast and Sea project.
He worked as Young Audiences Coordinator at Queen’s Film Theatre, building new things for the cinema to attract and keep young audiences. That included building a new brand called LUMI, curated screening events, a new young programmers initiative, the new LUMI Award, and producing original content such as Ceasefire Generation (yet to be released).

Also while staff at QFT, he produced Rocky Road to Equal Marriage (2020) a landmark archive film charting the story of the equal marriage campaign in Northern Ireland through established archives, BBC NI, NI Screen, NVTV. The premiere in Queen’s Film Theatre on February 27 2020 included this panel.
He has advised the development of a yearly conference on cinema exhibition This Way Up in Liverpool 2018, Nottingham 2019 and the online edition in December 2020.

At This Way Up 2018, he gave a talk about changing cinema audience behaviour illustrated with a landmark example of behaviour change—when cars entered our city streets.

At This Way Up 2019, he gave a talk on creating a new brand for young audiences work at Queen’s Film Theatre called LUMI. And played conference session host to a discussion on the theme of resilience for pop-up and community cinemas.

Aaron is a member of Centre for Documentary Research at Queen’s University, Belfast.


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