What’s New

These Pages Fall Like Ash – Immersive Storytelling between two worlds online event

Tuesday 10th November 2020, 7pm

Launched in August 2020, the new edition of These Pages Fall Like Ash now has over 300 copies live across the globe, spanning 30 countries and 4 continents.


Join the creative team – Tom Abba, Duncan Speakman and Emilie Grenier, alongside special guest Nick Harkaway – for a conversation about the project and what’s next for this new form of storytelling.

Author Kate Pullinger will be moderating this event – http://www.katepullinger.com/


Find out more – and buy the book! https://pagesfall.com/

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The Ethics of VR documentary
MIT Open Documentary Lab in conversation (online) with Mandy Rose

Tuesday 27th October 2020, 5pm (GMT)

Documentarists engaging with VR encounter ethical issues common to traditional documentary practice. Additionally, VR documentary gives rise to specific ethical challenges relating to the psychological implications of immersion for users, to data extraction and privacy, and associated with the claim that immersion in real world content has unique prosocial potential.


In this lecture, Mandy Rose will unpack the domains in which VR provokes novel or specific issues for documentary practice, and discuss how a toolkit might support VR nonfiction practitioners in thinking through the ethics of their work.


The lecture reflects research undertaken within the EPSRC Virtual Realities; Immersive Documentary Encounters project.

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Community Conversations 3: i-docs and multi-perspectival thinking webinar

Wednesday 21st October 2020, 5pm

We are delighted to be supporting the third i-Docs Community Conversations webinar – i-docs and multi-perspectival thinking.

In this webinar i-Docs Co-director, Judith Aston, and Stefano Odorico, Director of the International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS), will present their ongoing work on i-docs and multi-perspectival thinking.

Central to this work is their research into polyphony, as a means through which to promote intercultural dialogue and exchange in a context of increasing polarization.

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August sees the release of These Pages Fall Like Ash Second Edition

Published August 2020

DCRC Members Tom Abba and Duncan Speakman are releasing a second edition of These Pages Fall Like Ash – an immersive story told across time, place and the pages of two books. One book is a crafted, physical, familiar artefact, a guide to an imagined world, and a reminder that your own world is just as unique. The other is a digital text that weaves the two books together. Immerse yourself from August 20th 2020.



Composed by Tom Abba, Duncan Speakman With Emilie Grenier, Nick Harkaway and Neil Gaiman.

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Hot off the press in July a new edited collection: Contemporary Radical Film Culture

Published July 2020

DCRC researcher Steve Presence, alongside co-editors Mike Wayne and Jack Newsinger, have announced the publication of their new edited collection – Contemporary Radical Film Culture: Networks, Organisations and Activists – the first book to emerge from the Radical Film Network.

With 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.

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DCRC to collaborate in new
multi-million-pound creative
hub for the South West

5 year project will start Autumn 2020

DCRC researchers will join a new creative media powerhouse called MyWorld which is set to create more than 700 jobs and further the South West as an international trailblazer in screen-based media, thanks to £46 million funding.


Led by Professor David Bull at the University of Bristol, the initiative will develop major new research and development (R&D) facilities and partnerships connecting regional, national and international creative industry and technology partners.


DCRC’s Mandy Rose will lead the UWE Bristol team in MyWorld, working with Simon Moreton and Jon Dovey. The UWE Bristol academics will contribute expertise in immersive media production,  and draw on a significant body of research into creative industry ecosystems to understand the impact of the MyWorld project in the city region.


Photo – Creative Producers International Residential Lab at the Watershed, Bristol.


Photo credit: Shamphat Productions

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