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Using virtual reality head-mounted displays with autistic children: views, experiences and future directions. (2019)
Journal Article
Newbutt, N., Bradley, R., & Conley, I. (in press). Using virtual reality head-mounted displays with autistic children: views, experiences and future directions. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking,

This article seeks to place children on the autism spectrum at the centre of a study examining the potential of virtual reality head-mounted displays used in classrooms. In doing so we provide data that addresses three important and often overlooked... Read More

A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place (2019)
Journal Article
Spicer, A. (2019). A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 16(3), 273-304. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2019.0478

This article explores the significance of RED Production’s location in the north-west of England, analysing the complexities of its positioning as a ‘regional’ company contextualised within the broader issues surrounding regional television productio... Read More

Many ways of directing a film: Teaching the ‘Modes of creative practice' (2019)
Book Chapter
Lees, D. (in press). Many ways of directing a film: Teaching the ‘Modes of creative practice'. In S. Semerdijev (Ed.), 21st Century Film, TV and Media School Book – Volume 2: DirectingCILECT

This chapter examines the creative practice of fiction film directors and seeks to identify patterns of difference that can be sorted into coherent schemes of practice. I then apply these findings in order to propose pedagogic innovations in film edu... Read More

High-tech business location, transportation accessibility, and implications for sustainability: Evaluating the differences between high-tech specializations using empirical evidence from U.S. booming regions (2019)
Journal Article
Zandiatashbar, A., Foster, N., & Hamidi, S. (in press). High-tech business location, transportation accessibility, and implications for sustainability: Evaluating the differences between high-tech specializations using empirical evidence from U.S. booming regions. Sustainable Cities and Society, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101648

Studies on the accessibility needs of high-tech firms often draw on agglomeration economies and creative class assumptions that emphasizes how transit and walkability encourage clustering, knowledge exchange and innovation. As a result, some argue th... Read More

‘Britain’s first media centre’: A history of Bristol’s Watershed cinema (2019)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (in press). ‘Britain’s first media centre’: A history of Bristol’s Watershed cinema. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 1-29. 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

Improvisation as a research methodology: Exploring links between filmmakers’ practice and traditions of enquiry across the academy (2019)
Journal Article
Lees, D. (in press). Improvisation as a research methodology: Exploring links between filmmakers’ practice and traditions of enquiry across the academy. Media Practice and Education, 20(2), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/25741136.2019.1605675

This article concentrates on one form of creative practice, improvisation, considering how it has been used as an experimental method within filmmaking as well as in research enquiry. Drawing on my professional experience in the field of narrative f... Read More

The missing link between place and productivity? The impact of transit-oriented development on the knowledge and creative economy (2019)
Journal Article
Zandiatashbar, A., Hamidi, S., Foster, N., & Park, K. (in press). The missing link between place and productivity? The impact of transit-oriented development on the knowledge and creative economy. Journal of Planning Education and Research, https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X19826271

Emerging research suggests that planners and policymakers should explore the expanded role Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plays in promoting innovation and economic growth. TOD station characteristics including accessibility, walkability, density... Read More

Publishing screen media practice research: Evolving processes of contextualisation, peer review and future proofing in Screenworks (2019)
Journal Article
Crofts, C., & Nevill, A. (in press). Publishing screen media practice research: Evolving processes of contextualisation, peer review and future proofing in Screenworks. Media Practice and Education, 19(3), 283-297. https://doi.org/10.1080/25741136.2018.1529478

This article outlines current publishing practices in the field of academic filmmaking through a detailed discussion of the development of Screenworks, a peer reviewed online publication of practice research in screen media. The imperative for academ... Read More

Organising counter-cultures: Challenges of structure, organisation and sustainability in the Independent Filmmakers Association and the Radical Film Network (2019)
Journal Article
Presence, S. (in press). Organising counter-cultures: Challenges of structure, organisation and sustainability in the Independent Filmmakers Association and the Radical Film Network. Screen, 60(3),

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

Function / Fiction (2019)
Exhibition / Performance
Dickinson, R. (2008). Function / Fiction. [Group exhibition]. 10 January 2019 - 23 February 2008. (Unpublished)

Exhibition of international artists. Function/Fiction probes artistic practices that draw literally on the utilitarian images saturating our environment.

The readerly and the cinematic: Hybrid reconfigurations through digital media practice (2019)
Book Chapter
digital media practice. In R. Coover (Ed.), The Digital ImaginaryBloomsbury Press Electronic Literature Series

This is a critical response to two interviews that will be in this new collection from interactive narrative pioneers David Clark and Sharon Daniel. I was commissioned to write this by the book's editor, Roderick Coover, based on my work as a pioneer... Read More

The Curzon creative technologies project: Context aware media in a screen heritage context (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Crofts, C. (2019, January). The Curzon creative technologies project: Context aware media in a screen heritage context. Paper presented at MeCCSA Annual Conference 2011

Abstract for MeCCSA 2011 Conference The Curzon Creative Technologies Project: Context Aware Media in a Screen Heritage Context The practise-based project is based at the Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon, home of the Curzon Collection, an arch... Read More

Understanding, capturing and assessing value in collaborative design research (2019)
Journal Article
Whitham, R., Moreton, S., Bowen, S., Speed, C., & Durrant, A. (2019). Understanding, capturing and assessing value in collaborative design research. CoDesign, https://doi.org/10.1080/15710882.2018.1563194

The collection of papers in this special issue respond to a tension between the broadening scope, scale and heterogeneity of collaborative design research, and an ever-growing demand from funders and regulatory organisations for the measurement and b... Read More

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. (in press). 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

Polyphonic futures (2018)
Book Chapter
Aston, J., & Tsurusaki, A. (2018). Polyphonic futures. In A. Tsurusaki (Ed.), Game Changing Documentarism, 308-313. BNN Inc

Game-Changing Documentarism engages in dialogue with more than 30 writers and stakeholders who lead the state-of-the-art documentary scene in Japan and abroad. The editor writes in the introduction to my article: "How will the documentary list living... Read More

The poetics and politics of polyphony: Towards a research method for interactive documentary (2018)
Journal Article
Aston, J., & Odorico, S. (2018). The poetics and politics of polyphony: Towards a research method for interactive documentary. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 15, 63-93

This article stems from a panel we jointly convened at the i-Docs 2018 Symposium, where we presented a series of provocations with a view to generating a new theoretical framework for i-docs. These provocations were inspired by all aspects of Mikhail... Read More

'Being European': UK production companies and Europe (2018)
Journal Article
Spicer, A. (2019). 'Being European': UK production companies and Europe. Studies in European Cinema, 16(1), 55-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/17411548.2018.1537107

This article discusses the relationship between UK film producers and Europe, offering a historical overview and an extended case study of an existing company, Number 9 Films. It argues that although UK film production and the attitude of policy make... Read More

Contributing to the creative economy imaginary: Universities and the creative sector (2018)
Journal Article
Moreton, S. (2019). Contributing to the creative economy imaginary: Universities and the creative sector. Cultural Trends, 27(5), 327-338. https://doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2018.1534575

This paper explores the relationship between the creative economy and universities. As funders, educators and research bodies, universities have a complicated relationship with the creative economy. They propagate its practice, ‘buying-in’ to the rh... Read More

I-Docs as intervention: The poetics and politics of polyphony (2018)
Journal Article
Aston, J., & Odorico, S. (2018). I-Docs as intervention: The poetics and politics of polyphony

This special issue aims to analyse, reflect and raise questions on approaches to polyphony and complexity within i-docs. It also aims to begin to critically theorise this within the wider context of how media research methods can influence knowledge... Read More