1997 …2023

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  • My work moves between a number of disciplinary locations, spanning both film theory and cultural studies. I have a special interest in media seriality – film and TV remakes, sequels and trilogies – and have authored and edited books on each of these topics: Transnational Film Remakes (co-edited with Iain Robert Smith, 2017), Transnational Television Remakes (edited with Claire Perkins, 2016), Film Remakes, Adaptations and Fan Productions(co-edited with Kathleen Loock, 2012), Film Trilogies (co-edited with Claire Perkins, 2012), Second Takes: Critical Approaches to the Film Sequel (co-edited with Carolyn Jess-Cooke, 2010), and Film Remakes (2006).

    Since 1996 I have taught film and television studies at Monash University, initially in the Visual Culture program and (as of 2007) in a dedicated Film and Television Studies program (now Film and Screen Studies in the School of Media, Film and Journalism).

    I have published widely in the areas of film and cultural studies, and my essays and reviews have appeared in edited collections, and journals such as AntithesisAustralian StudiesContinuum, Critical Arts, FrameworkFilm CriticismFilm StudiesHitchcock AnnualMedia International AustraliaSenses of Cinema, Studies in Australasian Cinema, and Studies in Documentary Film.

    I am Associate Editor of several peer-reviewed journals, including: Film CriticismScreening the Past, Senses of Cinema, Metro and Screen Education. I have co-convened the international conferences Telling Stories (Monash & RMIT, 2006), B for Bad Cinema (Monash, 2009), Cinema at the End of the World (Monash, 2015) and The Uses of Cinema (Monash, 2018), and appeared as invited (fully sponsored) speaker at Remake-Remodel conference (University of Göttingen, Germany, 2010), Memory and Mass-media (Trento, Italy, 2010), Media Across Borders (Roehampton U, London, 2012), Bestsellers and Blockbusters (Aalborg U, Denmark, 2013), Popular Seriality (University of Göttingen, Germany, 2013), Bis Repetita Placent?: Remakes, genre and gender (Université du Havre, France, 2014),  Seriality, Seriality, Seriality (Free University, Berlin, 2016); European Film Remakes (U of Ghent, Belgium, 2018).

    In 2014, I was Visiting Fellow at John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin, where I previewed work from a New Millennial Remakes research project (in preparation).

    Over the past decade, I worked with co-investigators Noel King and Deane Williams on an Australian Research Council, Discovery Project that looked at the development of Australian Film Theory and Criticism in the decade long period 1975–85. The outcomes include a three volume set: Australian Film Theory and Criticism: Vol 1. Critical Positions (2013),  Vol. 2. Interviews(2014), and Vol. 3. Documents (2018).

    My recent and current projects include: the co-authored Australian International Pictures (with Adrian Danks, in preparation, Edinburgh UP), Remakes and Sequels in the New Millennium (in preparation, Wallflower/Columbia UP), Flaming Creatures (in preparation, Wallflower/Columbia UP), and Film Reboots (in preparation, with Daniel Herbert, Edinburgh UP).

    With Claire Perkins, I am founding editor of the new book series, Screen Serialities at Edinburgh University Press.


Research area keywords

  • Cinema Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Media Serialty

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