Daniel Mann is a London-based filmmaker, writer and lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. 


His work examines the infrastructures underlying audio-visual media in the context of settler colonialism, civil conflict, and climate emergency. He is currently developing a project that explores how the desert environments serve as unique “extractive zones” for big-budget cinema, wherein the surface is sourced for the production of high-definition images and the local population as a low-cost workforce. 


Mann's writing appeared in journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Screen, Social Text, Media+Environment, World Records, and Afterimage. His first book, Occupying Habits: Everyday Media as Warfare in Israel-Palestine (Bloomsbury, 2022), draws on declassified military documents to study the hyper-visibility of state violence in Israel-Palestine.


His films have been exhibited internationally at film festivals and venues such as The Berlin Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, Cinema du Reel, The Hong Kong Film Festival, New Horizons, Sonic Acts, RIDM, EFAM and the ICA in London. 


Mann received his PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, London, and held a postdoctoral position as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Film Studies Department, King’s College London.