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Steve Presence


Steve Presence is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at UWE Bristol. Outside of his teaching, Steve’s research focuses on the film and television industries and activist film culture, with a particular focus on documentary. He has published widely in these fields in various books, reports and peer-reviewed journals and has led several large UKRI-funded research grants as Principal Investigator. From 2018-2021, as part of the UK Feature Docs project, he facilitated the policy-focused consultations from which the DFC emerged and co-authored the two reports on its findings, Keeping it Real (2020) and Making it Real (2021). Other publications include Go West 2! Bristol’s Film and Television Industries (2022) and Contemporary Radical Film Culture: Networks, Organisations and Activists (2020). With Emily Copley, he is currently Joint Acting CEO of the Documentary Film Council.


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