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Peter Spence

Senior Lecturer Peter Spence MA, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Film and TV


Peter is Course Leader of the Foundation Year in Media Arts and Communications, and Module Leader for a number of film theory modules on the BA Film and Media Production. He holds an MA Screen Arts (Producing and Directing) from Sheffield Hallam University and BA (Hons) Politics and History from Queen Mary University of London. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


My film-making practice combines both independent and commissioned work. I have written, produced and directed a number of award winning short factual and drama films which have screened widely on the international festival circuit including WWSFF Toronto, Hamburg, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sydney Flickerfest, Edinburgh and the London Short Film Festival. My work has received funding and support from the UK Film Council, the British Council, Screen Yorkshire and the David Lean Foundation

My video production company has produced promotional films for a range of clients, often from the arts and architecture sectors, which have included Igloo, Creative Space Management, Cambridge Architectural Research, Chetwoods, Leeds Art Gallery and the Hepworth Wakefield. I have also worked in TV for the BBC, ITV and a number of independents as well as in corporate video production. I began my career working in the cinema industry where I was employed as a projectionist at BFI Southbank and was part of the team that opened the very first cinema in the Picturehouse chain.

Specialist areas of interest

  • architecture and the moving image
  • archive film
  • the films of Michelangelo Antonioni


Department of Media Arts and Communication

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject area



Film and Media Production


Film Writing
Film Analysis
Moving Image Dissertation


Journal articles

Spence, P. (2020). La Cupola: Re-visiting L'Avventura through 'building' and 'dwelling'. Journal of Videographic Film and Media Studies, 7.2 (7.2).

Spence, P. (2018). The creation of story and character through formal opposition and disunity. Short Film Studies, 8 (2), 187-189.


Spence, P. (2020). The Archive. [Video Player]. Sheffield Doc/Fest:


Spence, P. (2021). Re-considering History and Narrative Through the Short Factual Film The Archive (UK 2018). Presented at: MediAsia 2021, Kyoto, Japan, 2021

Spence, P. (2019). Film screening introduction - The Archive (2018). Presented at: AntiComm2019 Conference, Queens University, Belfast

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