Personal profile


I am a film historian specialising in documentary film history and Australian documentary. I am the author of 7 monographs and edited collections and of articles published in Screening the Past, Continuum, Media International Australia, Framework and Critical Arts.

I am also Editor of Studies in Documentary Film (ISSN 1750-3280 (Print), 1750-3299 Online), the only international, refereed, scholarly journal dedicated to the history and criticism of documentary.

In 2015 I commenced work with Ross Gibson, Mick Broderick, John Hughes, Joe Masco on the four-year Australian Research Council Discovery Grant supported project, Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945-80). ($AUD 363,359).

I have supervised more than 20 Higher Degree by Research candidates to completion and in 2015 was nominated for the Vic Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision. I am available to supervise candidates in the fields of documentary film, Australian film and television, realist film theory, intertextuality and film and television, musicality and film and television. From 2010-2013 I was the Faculty of Arts Associate Dean, Graduate Research and was Director of the Film, Media and Communication Graduate Program 2014-15. I have also introduced and taught more than a dozen new undergraduate units into the Film and Television/Film and Screen studies curriculum.



  • documentary, Australian cinema, film history

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Projects 2007 2019

Research Output 1997 2018

Australian Theory and Criticism

Williams, D. M. (ed.) & Verevis, C. E. (ed.) 2018 Chicago USA: Intellect Books. 500 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book

Introduction: 'Notes for History of Contexts'

Verevis, C. E. & Williams, D. M. 2018 Australian Film Theory and Criticism. Verevis, C. & Williams, D. (eds.). Bristol Classical Press, Vol. 3, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Reading across cultures towards a comparative documentary film studies: Eduardo Coutinho's documentary Jago de Cena (2007)

Williams, D. M. & McDonald, S. J. 2017 Southern Screens: Cinema, Culture and the Global South. Traverso, A. J. (ed.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 140-152 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)