Personal profile


Dr Agata Frymus is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Monash University Malaysia.

Before joining Monash, she was a Marie Skłodowska Curie postdoctoral fellow (under Horizon 2020) at Ghent University, Belgium, where she was a principal investigator on Black Cinema-Going in New York during the Interwar Period (2018-2020).

She is the author of Damsels and Divas: European Stardom in Silent Hollywood (Rutgers University Press, 2020). The book explores the personae of three stars of the silent era: Vilma Banky, Pola Negri and Jetta Goudal.

She serves as a submissions editor for Early Popular Visual Culture.



[3] Sustainability and Cinematic Heritage in Malaysia and Singapore (2022-2024). Principal Investigator. Co-investigators: Chrishandra Sebastiampillai, Thaatch Kananatu. Monash University Malaysia ECR Intra-School Grant. 70,000RM

[2] Malaysian Moviegoing in Kuala Lumpur during the 1970s (2020-2021). Principal Inverstigator. Monash University Malaysia, School of Arts and Social Sciences. 15,000RM

[1] Black Cinema-going in New York during the Interwar Period (2018- 2020). Principal Investigator. Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, grant no. 792629, EU under Horizon 2020.  160,800€

Research interests

Dr Frymus’ main interests lie in film history, star studies and silent cinema.

Her work focuses on the intersections between race, ethnicity, stardom, and audiences, particularly in the first half of the twentieth century. She is interested in bringing women - both as consumers of film, as well as producers and stars - to the forefront of film history.

Supervision interests

Dr Agata is interested in supervising projects relating to feminism, race, and film history, broadly defined.

Current PhD students

2022 Choo Sum Lee, "Kawaii Kayfabe: Co-construction and Negotiation of Indonesian VTuber Talents’ Fictive Realities." With A/Prof Olivia Khoo (Monash Australia) and Dr Jonathan Driskell

2023 Jeanette Goon, "Disturbance of Medical Understandings of the Female Body in a Modern Postcolony." With Dr Jonathan Driskell

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Film Studies, PhD, European Stardom in Silent Hollywood: Pola Negri, Vilma Bánky and Jetta Goudal (supervised by Prof Andrew Higson), University of York (United Kingdom)


Film and Television Studies, MA, University of Bristol


Film and Media and Cultural Studies, BA (Hons), University of the West of England


Research area keywords

  • Film History
  • Audience Studies
  • Feminism
  • Moviegoing
  • Film
  • Race
  • Stardom
  • American History
  • Malaysian History
  • African American
  • Women's History

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