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The finance and production of independent film and television in the United Kingdom: A critical introduction (2017)
Book Chapter
Presence, S. (2017). The finance and production of independent film and television in the United Kingdom: A critical introduction. In A. H. Spicer, R. Puijk, & E. Bakoy (Eds.), Building Successful and Sustainable Film and Television Businesses: A Cross-National Perspective, 247-269. Intellect

This chapter provides a critical introduction to the finance and production of independent film and television production in the UK. Film, long considered entertainment rather than art, continues to suffer from low levels of public funding, and the m... Read More about The finance and production of independent film and television in the United Kingdom: A critical introduction.

'One screening away from disaster': Precarity and commitment in the Radical Film Network’s community exhibition sector (2017)
Book Chapter
Presence, S. (2017). 'One screening away from disaster': Precarity and commitment in the Radical Film Network’s community exhibition sector. In R. Comunian, C. Chapain, & S. Malik (Eds.), Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practices and PlacesRoutledge

This chapter will build on the conference paper presented at the ‘Community Filmmaking’ conference in January 2014, which discussed the Bristol Radical Film Festival in the context of community filmmaking and the emergent project to develop what was... Read More about 'One screening away from disaster': Precarity and commitment in the Radical Film Network’s community exhibition sector.

Reel news in the digital age: Framing Britain’s radical video-activists (2016)
Book Chapter
Presence, S. (2016). Reel news in the digital age: Framing Britain’s radical video-activists. In C. Mulloy, & Y. Tzioumakis (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics, 103-111. Routledge

The most recent book-length study of radical British filmmaking, Margaret Dickinson’s Rogue Reels: Oppositional Film in Britain, 1945-90 (1999), ends by noting the emergence Undercurrents in 1994 as an example of the burgeoning use of video as a prop... Read More about Reel news in the digital age: Framing Britain’s radical video-activists.

Public film funding in the UK: The Corporate Welfare System and its Discontents (2016)
Book Chapter
Presence, S., & Newsinger, J. (in press). Public film funding in the UK: The Corporate Welfare System and its Discontents. In R. Teichmann, M. Karmasin, & P. Murschetz (Eds.), Public Funding for Film: Challenges, Purposes and International CasesSpringer-Verlag

The central argument of the chapter is that despite the now well-established and relatively substantial public funding systems for film production that exist in the UK, there is a lack of democratic scrutiny and accountability. Considerable public fu... Read More about Public film funding in the UK: The Corporate Welfare System and its Discontents.

The contemporary landscape of video-activism in Britain (2015)
Book Chapter
Presence, S. (2015). The contemporary landscape of video-activism in Britain. In E. Mazierska, & L. Kristensen (Eds.), Marxism and Film Activism: Screening Alternative Worlds, 186-212. Berghahn

This chapter explores the complex contemporary landscape of British video-activism. The most recent book-length study of oppositional film in Britain, Margaret Dickinson’s Rogue Reels: Oppositional Film in Britain, 1945-90 (1999), ends by noting the... Read More about The contemporary landscape of video-activism in Britain.

Maintaining a Critical Eye: The political avant-garde on Channel 4 in the 1990s (2014)
Book Chapter
Presence, S. (2014). Maintaining a Critical Eye: The political avant-garde on Channel 4 in the 1990s. In L. Mee, & J. Walker (Eds.), Cinema, Television and History: New Approaches, 85-101. Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This chapter explores the oppositional documentary broadcast on Channel 4’s Critical Eye series (1990-4). Published research on aesthetically and politically radical film broadcast on the channel focuses almost without exception on the Independent Fi... Read More about Maintaining a Critical Eye: The political avant-garde on Channel 4 in the 1990s.