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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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