Dr Steve Presence

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  • Qualifications:PhD in Film (UWE, 2013); Degree in Film Studies and Literature (UWE, 1st Class)
  • Position:Staff
  • 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'm a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the Department of Arts and Cultural Industries at UWE. I currently teach three modules on the BA Film Studies programme – 'Hollywood and Beyond: Commerce, Creativity and Authorship', 'The Movie Experience: Audiences, Culture and Taste' and 'Screen Representations: Difference and Diversity' – and am supervising students at BA, MA and PhD levels. I'm happy to talk to potential PhD candidates interested in pursuing PhD study in my areas of expertise (see below).

In addition to my research and teaching, I also do various other stuff... For example, I am also the convener of the Radical Film Network, an international network for activist and experimental film culture; co-founder of the Bristol Radical Film Festival; co-convener of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Screen Industries Special Interest Group; and sit on the editorial board of the Journal of Media Practice and Education.

Area of expertise

My research sits within two subfields of Films Studies: 1) activist and independent film culture; and 2) film and television industry studies. In practice, most of my research projects to-date have comprised some combination of these two interests. I am currently Principal Investigator on UK Feature Docs, a three-year AHRC-funded study of the UK's feature documentary film industry (https://ukfd.org.uk/). Previous funded projects include:

  • '"Britain's First Media Centre": A History of Bristol's Watershed Cinema, 1964–1998' (Principal Investigator, 2017-18): a study of the genesis and development of Bristol's premiere independent cinema, Watershed Cinema and Digital Creativity Centre, that was funded by the Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Development Awards scheme at UWE.
  • 'The Radical Film Network: Sustaining Alternative Film Cultures' (Principal Investigator, 2015-18): an AHRC-funded International Research Networking Scheme grant that explored the challenges and opportunities involved in building digital cultural networks, and which was inspired by the Independent Filmmakers Association (1974-1990).
  • 'Bristol's Film and Television Industries' (Co-Investigator, 2015-16): funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund, this project mapped and analysed the history and contemporary formation of Bristol's film and television production sector, currently the largest in the UK after London and Manchester.
  • 'Success in the Film and Television Industries (Research Associate, SIFTI)' (2013-16): a study of the successful film and television production companies in four European countries. I worked on the UK research package with Professor Andrew Spicer.


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