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Organising counter-cultures: Challenges of structure, organisation and sustainability in the Independent Filmmakers Association and the Radical Film Network (2019)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (2019). Organising counter-cultures: Challenges of structure, organisation and sustainability in the Independent Filmmakers Association and the Radical Film Network. Screen, 60(3), 428-448. https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/hjz022

The Independent Filmmakers Association (IFA) was formed in London in 1974 to represent the various strands of predominantly leftist and experimental independent filmmaking in post-war Britain. For the next fifteen years, the IFA played a key role in... Read More about Organising counter-cultures: Challenges of structure, organisation and sustainability in the Independent Filmmakers Association and the Radical Film Network.

‘Britain’s first media centre’: A history of Bristol’s Watershed cinema (2019)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (2019). ‘Britain’s first media centre’: A history of Bristol’s Watershed cinema. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 39(4), 803-831. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2019.1600905

This article examines the genesis and development of the UK’s Watershed Cinema and Digital Creativity Centre. Established in 1982, Watershed was both the first full-time multi-screen independent cinema outside London and the first to integrate exhibi... Read More about ‘Britain’s first media centre’: A history of Bristol’s Watershed cinema.

Freelance networks, trade unions and below-the-line solidarity in regional film and television clusters: An interview with the Bristol editors network (2019)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (2019). Freelance networks, trade unions and below-the-line solidarity in regional film and television clusters: An interview with the Bristol editors network. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 16(2), 233-249. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2019.0470

This article consists of an introduction and extended interview transcript conducted with several members of the Bristol Editors’ Network (BEN), an organization established in May 2015 to support the large community of editors that work in and around... Read More about Freelance networks, trade unions and below-the-line solidarity in regional film and television clusters: An interview with the Bristol editors network.

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.

Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films (2016)
Journal Article
Presence, S., & Spicer, A. H. (2016). Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films. Film Studies, 14(1), 5-31. https://doi.org/10.7227/FS.14.0002

This article analyses the production cultures of two film and television companies in the UK – RED Production and Warp Films – by discussing the companies’ formation and identity, aims and ethos, internal structures and their networks of external rel... Read More about Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films.

'Inward industry engagement': Exploring production cultures in British film and television (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Presence, S. (2015, November). 'Inward industry engagement': Exploring production cultures in British film and television. Paper presented at Challenging Media Landscapes

This paper stems from research undertaken as part of SiFTI (Success in the Film and Television Industries), a research project analysing the production cultures of several small-to-medium sized critically and commercially successful film and televisi... Read More about 'Inward industry engagement': Exploring production cultures in British film and television.

‘One screening away from disaster’: Precarity and commitment in the Radical Film Network’s exhibition sector (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Presence, S. (2015, October). ‘One screening away from disaster’: Precarity and commitment in the Radical Film Network’s exhibition sector. Paper presented at Screen Seminar

The Radical Film Network (RFN) was founded in September 2013 to provide infrastructural support to ‘radical film culture’ in Britain and elsewhere. Broadly characterised by a politically engaged and/or aesthetically innovative use of moving image med... Read More about ‘One screening away from disaster’: Precarity and commitment in the Radical Film Network’s exhibition sector.

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.

'The general public don’t need to know who we are. We’re building a profile for the industry as a whole’: Inward engagement in the UK film and television industries (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Presence, S., & Spicer, A. H. (2015, March). 'The general public don’t need to know who we are. We’re building a profile for the industry as a whole’: Inward engagement in the UK film and television industries. Paper presented at Media Engagement International Conference

The paper stems from research undertaken as part of SiFTI (Success in the Film and Television Industries), a research project analysing the production cultures of several small-to-medium sized critically and commercially successful film and televisio... Read More about 'The general public don’t need to know who we are. We’re building a profile for the industry as a whole’: Inward engagement in the UK film and television industries.

Can indie docs change the world? (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Presence, S. (2014, October). Can indie docs change the world?. Paper presented at Goldsmiths Media Forum

This was a presentation I delivered as part of a panel on independent film and social movements at the 2014 Goldsmiths Media Forum.

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.

The political avant-garde: Oppositional documentary in Britain since 1990 (2013)
Thesis
Presence, S. The political avant-garde: Oppositional documentary in Britain since 1990. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/935222

This thesis explores radical left-wing documentary produced in Britain since 1990. Despite constituting a lively and diverse part of contemporary British film culture, oppositional documentary has been overlooked by film and media scholars for much o... Read More about The political avant-garde: Oppositional documentary in Britain since 1990.

An investigation of affect in the cinema: Spectacle and the melodramatic rhetoric in Nil by Mouth (2013)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (2013). An investigation of affect in the cinema: Spectacle and the melodramatic rhetoric in Nil by Mouth

This article argues that the affective, visceral dimension of cinema spectatorship is a central component of our engagment with cinema. With reference to Tom Gunning's work on the cinema of attractions, I suggest that cinematic spectacle is affective... Read More about An investigation of affect in the cinema: Spectacle and the melodramatic rhetoric in Nil by Mouth.

The Lady (Luc Besson, 2011, France/UK) [Film Review] (2011)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (2011). The Lady (Luc Besson, 2011, France/UK) [Film Review]

This is a review of The Lady (Luc Besson, 2011, France/UK) that was published in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey, 33-34 (2011)