Miranda Pennell first trained in contemporary dance, and later studied visual anthropology. Her film and video work exploring different forms of collective performance whether dancers, soldiers or fight directors, has been broadcast internationally and shown in festival and gallery contexts. Her recent moving-image work uses archival materials as the starting point for a reflection on the colonial imaginary. Her film Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed (2010) examines British image-making in the Afghan borderlands at the turn of the 20th century. It was awarded best international film at the 2011 Images Festival, Toronto, and Courtisane Festival of Media Art, Ghent, and is published on DVD by Filmarmalade. Pennell’s feature-length film The Host (2015), reworks material drawn from the archive of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now BP) and is touring UK venues courtesy of the Independent Cinema Office.