Deane Williams

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students


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Personal profile


I am a film historian specialising in cultural networks, documentary film history and Australian documentary. I am the author of 10 monographs and edited collections and of articles published in Studies in Documentary FilmScreening the Past, Continuum, Media International Australia, Framework and Critical Arts.

I was Editor of Studies in Documentary Film (ISSN 1750-3280 (Print), 1750-3299 Online), from 2007-2017, 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 25 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, Screen Cultures Research Program 2018-2019 and currently Research Coordinator of the School of Media, Film and Journalism. I have also introduced and taught more than a dozen new undergraduate units into the Film and Television/Film and Screen studies curriculum.


Research area keywords

  • documentary
  • Cultural Networks
  • Australian Cinema and Television
  • Film History
  • Intertextuality
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Realist Film Theory

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Research Output

Colonial adaptations: Ken G. Hall’s the Silence of Dean Maitland (1934)”

Williams, D., 1 Aug 2019, Critical Edition of The Silence of Dean Maitland. Morrison, K. (ed.). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 367-373 7 p.

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

Digital Transmedia Forms and Transnational Documentary Networks

Williams, D., 2019, A Companion to Australian Cinema. Collins, F., Landman, J. & Bye, S. (eds.). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 493-507 14 p. (Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinema).

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

Essie Coffey’s My Survival as an Aboriginal (1978) and My life as I live it (1993): autobiographical documentary and the socio-political struggle of an Aboriginal, Black woman

Chaves, R., Tonelo, G. & Williams, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Studies in Documentary Film. 13, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Australian Film Theory and Criticism: Volume 3 Documents

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

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Before and after ACMI: a case study in the cultural history of Australia's State film centres

Williams, D. M. & Verevis, C. E., 2 Jan 2018, In : Studies in Australasian Cinema. 12, 1, p. 6-13 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review