Deane Williams

Assoc Professor

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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.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

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

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