Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945 - 1980

  • Gibson, Ross (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Broderick, Michael (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Williams, Deane (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Masco, Joseph (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The project will discover, document, analyse and work to compile a lasting archive of Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia. 'Utilitarian' describes client-sponsored, instructional and governmental filmmaking existing outside the conventional theatrical contexts by which cinema is usually defined. Focused on the post-WWII decades prior to the proliferation of video in the late-1970s, the project shines startling light on previously-unstudied aspects of the media industries. Bringing Australian scholars into dialogue with experts presently pioneering the study of utilitarian filmmaking in Europe and the US, the project engages with major cultural institutions to generate conferences, books, articles, exhibitions and interactive archives.
Effective start/end date1/04/1631/08/21


  • University of Canberra: A$76,218.00
  • Murdoch University: A$76,218.00
  • Monash University – Internal Faculty Contribution: A$76,218.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$363,359.00
  • Monash University – Internal School Contribution
  • University of Chicago