Dr Steve Presence

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  • Qualifications:PhD in Film (UWE, 2013); Degree in Film Studies and Literature (UWE, 1st Class)
  • Position:Associate Professor - Film Studies
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87174
  • Email:Stephen2.Presence@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I am an Associate Professor in Film Studies in the Department of Creative and Cultural Industries at UWE. Most of my work focuses on the film and television industries or on activist film culture, and I have published widely in these fields in various books, reports and peer-reviewed journals including Film StudiesFrames Cinema Journal, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, the Journal of British Cinema and Television and Screen. Recent publications include Contemporary Radical Film Culture: Networks, Organisations and Activists (Routledge 2020) and Keeping it Real: Towards a Documentary Film Policy for the UK (UWE Bristol 2020). I also sit on the editorial board of the Journal of Media Practice and Education and Frames Cinema Journal and am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

I have led several large research projects as Principal Investigator, including 'Sustaining Alternative Film Cultures' (2015-18), an AHRC-funded international research networking project for progressive film organisations in association with the Radical Film Network, which I co-founded in 2013; and 'Understanding Watershed' (2017-18), a UWE Bristol-funded study of Bristol's flagship independent cinema. The latter project resulted in a Collaborative Doctoral Award from the AHRC – 'Independent Cinema in the Age of Video-on-Demand' (2020-23) – which I am co-supervising with colleagues from UWE Bristol, Exeter and Watershed. I am currently Principal Investigator on 'UK Feature Docs' (2017-2021), an AHRC-funded study of the UK's feature-length documentary film industry, and Co-Investigator on two further projects: 'Go West 2' – a follow-up to our 2017 report on Bristol's film and television industries co-authored (with Professor Andrew Spicer) – and a study of the impact of COVID-19 on Bristol's natural history filmmaking sector that is joint-funded by the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE) and the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL).

I teach on the BA Film Studies and MA Screen Business, and currently lead the following modules: 'Hollywood and Beyond: Commerce, Creativity and Authorship' (UPGN9B-30-1), 'Screen Representations: Difference and Diversity' (UPGN9G-15-2) and 'Global Screen Industries' (UPGAW6-30-M).

I supervise students at all under- and post-graduate levels and welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates interested in screen industry studies, documentary, political cinema, British film and television and activist film culture. 


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