Political film culture in Britain and elsewhere has expanded dramatically in recent years as access to digital technologies have meshed with socio-political, economic and environmental contexts marked by crisis and discontent. Co-founder of the Bristol Radical Film Festival in 2011 and the Radical Film Network in 2013, Steve Presence discusses the relationship between film, politics and the avant-garde.
About Steve Presence
Dr Steve Presence is a Research Associate at CMIR whose work focuses on the relationship between film, politics and the avant-garde. He teaches on a variety of under- and post-graduate modules and is an active member of the Film Studies Research Group. He co-founded the Bristol Radical Film Festival in 2011 and the Radical Film Network in 2013, and is currently working on the book version of his thesis, The Political Avant-garde: Oppositional Documentary in Britain since 1990. In addition to his work on political film culture at CMIR, Steve is also working with Professor Andrew Spicer on the pan-European research project, Success in the Film and Television Industries (SiFTI), exploring the production cultures of critically and commercially ‘successful’ film and television companies in the UK. He is also Digital Editor of the Journal of Media Practice and Associate Editor of its practice-as-research periodical, Screenworks, working closely with its Editor, Dr Charlotte Crofts. He has taught on a wide variety of undergraduate modules, including: British Film and TV Cultures; British National Cinemas; Currents in Film Theory; Dissertation; Film Cultures; Hollywood; Journalism and Public Communications and Protest, Policing and Public Order.