A new book supporting global networking on radical film for scholars, professionals and enthusiasts: “Contemporary Radical Film Culture – Networks, Organisations and Activists”. It explores global radical film culture in all its geographic, political and aesthetic diversity. It was published on July 16, 2020 by Routledge and edited by Steve Presence, Mike Wayne and Jack Newsinger.

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“Comprising essays from some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the field, this is the first book to investigate twenty-first century radical film practices across production, distribution and exhibition at a global level.

This book explores global radical film culture in all its geographic, political and aesthetic diversity. It is inspired by the work of the Radical Film Network (RFN), an organisation established in 2013 to support the growth and sustainability of politically engaged film culture around the world. Since then, the RFN has grown rapidly, and now consists of almost 200 organisations across four continents, from artists’ studios and production collectives to archives, distributors and film festivals. With this foundation, the book engages with contemporary radical film cultures in Africa, Asia, China, Europe, the Middle East as well as North and South America, and connects key historical moments and traditions with the present day. Topics covered include artists’ film and video, curation, documentary, feminist and queer film cultures, film festivals and screening practices, network-building, policy interventions and video-activism.

For students, researchers and practitioners, this fascinating and wide-ranging book sheds new light on the political potential of the moving image and represents the activists and organisations pushing radical film forward in new and exciting directions.”

For more information about the Radical Film Network, visit www.radicalfilmnetwork.com.

Steve Presence is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at UWE Bristol, UK. His research spans activist film culture, documentary and the UK film and television industries, and he is currently working on an AHRC-funded study of the UK’s feature documentary film industry. He convened the Radical Film Network in 2013.

Mike Wayne is Professor in Film and Media Studies at Brunel University, UK. His research covers radical film practices, media and cultural studies, Marxist theory and questions of class inequality and its cultural impacts.

Jack Newsinger is Assistant Professor in Cultural Industries and Media at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has published widely on cultural and media policy, cultural labour and diversity, and has been involved in the Radical Film Network since 2015.

Table of Contents


Part I: Issues in Radical Film Culture, Past and Present

  1. ‘”Admin will make or break the rebellion”: Building the Radical Film Network’ Steve Presence
  2. ‘Imagining change: A history of radical film in the USA’ Chuck Kleinhans
  3. ‘Feminist documentary: Distribution, exhibition and interactive platforms’ Julia Lesage
  4. ‘Video activism on the social web’ Chris Tedjasukmana and Jens Eder
  5. ‘TV interventions: Artists, activists and alternative media’ Ieuan Franklin
  6. ‘Spaces of the possible: Developing the Radical Film Network in Scotland’ David Archibald
  7. Ciutat Morta / Dead City: agency, ICTs and critical urban documentary in the Spanish context’ Ana Rodriguez Granell
  8. ‘The practice and politics of radical documentary circulation: A case-study of tactical media in India’ Shweta Kishore
  9. ‘Activist filmmaking in Africa, with a focus on Cameroonian Jean-Marie Teno’ Mette Hjort
  10. ‘Radical cinema in Israel and Palestine after Oslo: Unrealistic hopes and unwarranted expectations’ Haim Bresheeth
  11. ‘Scratch video revisited’ Nick Cope
  12. ‘A funny thing happened on the way to utopia – The Workshop Declaration (1982-1989)’ Andy Robson
  13. ‘Film, interrupted: Alternative screening practices for a radical film culture’ Elena Boschi
  14. ‘Re-thinking human rights film festivals: A radical perspective’ Anthony Killick
  15. ‘Frames of counterpower: The politics of film programming’ Ezra Winton
  16. ‘‘‘Communist international of queer films”: The radical culture of the Beijing Queer Film Festival’ Hongwei Bao
  17. ‘Star and Shadow Cinema and before: Radical screening culture in Newcastle upon Tyne’ Christo Wallers

Part IV: Interviews

18. ‘Artists’ moving image’ Oliver Ressler interviewed by Mike Wayne

19. ‘European feature docs’ Moviemienta / Aris Chatzistefanou interviewed by Jack Newsinger, Steve Presence and Mike Wayne

20. ‘Video-activism: Reel News’ An interview with Sean Dey by Eamonn Kelly

21. ‘Community access’ Echo Park Film Center / Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr interviewed by Steve Presence

22. ‘”We need critical magazine, debates, spaces!” Third cinema in Morocco’ Nadir Boumouch interviewed by Steve Presence