Dr Steve Presence

About me

Steve is a Research Fellow in the Department of Arts and Cultural Industries. His areas of expertise include political film culture, documentary and the UK film and television industries, and he is currently Principal Investigator on three research projects exploring these subjects.

'Sustaining Alternative Film Cultures' (2015-18) is an AHRC-funded International Research Networking Scheme grant that explores the challenges and opportunities involved in building digital cultural networks. The project is run in association with the Radical Film Network, an international network for politically and aesthetically innovative film culture that Steve co-founded in 2013.

'Documentary UK' (2017-2020) is an AHRC-funded study of the UK's feature documentary film industry. The project will map the industry, historicise its development and explore the manifold challenges involved in the finance, production, distribution and exhibition of feature documentary films in the UK. 'Understanding Watershed' (2017-2018) is a study of Bristol's premiere independent cinema, Watershed. The project explores Watershed's role in Bristol's thriving independent film culture, the challenges involved in running a regional independent cinema and Watershed's relationship national and regional film policy, particularly the British Film Institute's Film Audience Network.

In addition to his research work, Steve teaches on the undergraduate Film Studies programme and the MA programme, Contemporary Film Culture. He is also co-founder of the Bristol Radical Film Festival and Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal for screen-based practice research, Screenworks.

My Publications