Natural Cinema Director Peter Spence (MA Screen Arts) works with a regular team of experienced co-producers, directors, videographers and editors.

Peter’s background at the British Film Institute, Architectural Association and work on numerous BBC and other broadcast productions gives Natural Cinema a unique understanding of its clients’ creative and production needs.

In addition we have independently produced award winning drama and documentary short films widely screened on the international film festival circuit.


Newton Garth (2013)

Built in 1967, the the Newton Garth estate in Chapeltown, North Leeds is a relatively rare example of a 60’s modernist terrace in the UK. Designed by Derek Walker shortly before being appointed as Chief Architect for Milton Keynes, the estate provides equal living space for 60 households. Nearly 50 years after it was built, the film asks the current residents whether the democratic ethos underpinning the origins of the estate is borne out today. (DV, 5 mins)

Screenings: Istanbul Architecture and Urban Film Festival; Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam; Arquitectura Film Festival Santiago, Chile

Windmill (2009)

The wind turbine as central protagonist in this short film highlights the history of its technology and its connection with our future. Commissioned by Lumen / Screen Yorkshire. (HD, 3 mins)

Screenings: Evolution Film Festival, Leeds; Impressions Gallery, Bradford; Independent European Film Festival, Paris; Union 105, Leeds

Christmas in Huddersfield (2007)

Winner: Best Music Documentary, London Short Film Festival, 2008
Special Mention: Glimmer Short Film Festival, 2008

The remarkable story of a children’s party given by notorious punk group the Sex Pistols on Christmas Day 1977. The testimonies of those who were there, together with previously unseen footage of the Sex Pistols, reveals a largely unknown episode in the band’s history, and one very much at odds with their public persona. (HD, 10 mins)

Screenings: Edinburgh International Film Festival; Sheffield Doc/Fest; Britspotting, Berlin; Hamburg Short Film Festival; Sydney International Film Festival; World Wide Short Film Festival, Toronto; Melbourne International Film Festival; Bradford International Film Festival; Flickerfest, Sydney

Steel Man (2002)

Winner: Audience Award, Cambridge Film Festival, 2002

An ex-steel worker with a troubled history returns home after many years away. He embarks on a journey of re-discovery in a changing city which brings him to a devastating realisation about his past. (16mm, 9 mins)

Screenings: Festival de Cannes; Cambridge Film Festival; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Portobello Film Festival, London; Leeds International Film Festival; London Short Film Festival