Fully-Funded Collaborative Doctorate: The Role of Independent Cinema in the Age of On-Demand Culture


The Role of Independent Cinema in the Age of On-Demand Culture

Fully-Funded Collaborative Doctorate with Watershed Cultural Cinema Bristol, UWE Bristol and Exeter Universities

An exciting opportunity has arisen to undertake a collaborative doctorate analysing the role of independent cinema in the age of on-demand culture, beginning in October 2019. The project explores independent cinema’s approach to curation, audience development and community-building; its relationships with funders and policymakers at local, regional, national and international levels; and the strategies it has developed to survive in the face of far-reaching changes to the ways in which films are distributed, exhibited and consumed notably the emergence of Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) services. The project will focus on the role of Watershed Cultural Cinema in Bristol https://www.watershed.co.uk/ but also engage with the UK independent film exhibition centre as a whole.

You will be jointly supervised by Mark Cosgrove, the Film Curator at Watershed, Professor Andrew Spicer at UWE Bristol and Dr James Lyons at Exeter University. The studentship is fully funded for three years within the South, West and Wales (SWW2) Doctoral Training Partnership and you will enjoy all the advantages of working within that collaborative framework that includes a number of training events.

For further details please go to the SWW2 website: https://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/prospective-students/apply/

If you have any questions or queries about this doctorate, please contact Andrew Spicer in the first instance: andrew2.spicer@uwe.ac.uk.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, you need to send an Expression of Interest to Andrew Spicer by email. This should contain the following:

  • Name
  • Contact Details
  • Educational Background and Qualifications
  • A statement (up to 1,000 words) that explains:
  1. Why you wish to apply for this collaborative doctorate
  2. How you would approach investigating this subject
  3. What you see as the advantages in working with Watershed, UWE Bristol and Exeter
  4. In what way your interests, education and existing knowledge makes you well suited to undertake this project

We need to receive your Expression of Interest by 17.00 on Thursday 3 January 2019 at the latest. Please note that you must be available to be interviewed in Bristol on Friday 11 January 2019.


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