Wentworth is the new Prisoner – TV Studies Conference

Date/Time: Thu 05 Apr - Fri 06 Apr / All Day

Location: RMIT University Activator, Level 2, Building 98, 102 Victoria Street, Carlton

School of Media, Film and Journalism 


Wentworth is the new Prisoner

The conference brings together local and international fans, critics, researchers and industry professionals, including screenwriters, actors, producers and other creatives from Foxtel’s Wentworth (2013–) and Prisoner (1979-1986) – the cult Aussie series from the 1980s, where it all began. Topics include: representations of Asian gangs in Wentworth; fan remixing; queer time; sexuality and the sociopath; the feminine gothic; TV format trade, TV memory; Foxtel and Netflix, script development, casting, and much more including two ‘Voices from the Inside’ industry panel discussions.

KIM AKASS  is the leader of the Media Research Group and Senior Lecturer in Film and TV in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Kim has co-edited and contributed to Reading Sex and the City (IB Tauris, 2004), Reading Six Feet Under: TV To Die For (IB Tauris, 2005), Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (IB Tauris, 2006), Reading Desperate Housewives: Beyond the White Picket Fence (IB Tauris, 2006) and Quality TV: Contemporary American TV and Beyond (IB Tauris, 2007). She is co-founding editor of the television journal Critical Studies in Television (MUP), managing editor of the website CSTonline as well as (with McCabe) series editor of ‘Reading Contemporary Television’ for IB Tauris. She is currently researching the representation of motherhood on television for a forthcoming book for IB Tauris: From Here to Maternity: Representations of Motherhood in the Media.

SUE TURNBULL is Senior Professor of Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong and Discipline Leader for the Creative Industries. Her publications include The TV Crime Drama (Edinburgh University Press 2014) and Media and Communications in Australia with co_editor Stuart Cunningham (Allen and Unwin 2014). She is Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council grant: Border Crossings: The Transnational Career of the TV Crime Drama (DP 160102510). Sue also reviews crime fiction for the Fairfax press and is Ambassador for Sisters in Crime, Australia.

Thursday 5 April  
08:30 am – 05:30 pm

Friday 6 April 
08:30 am – 07:30 pm

RMIT University Activator 
Level 2, Building 98
102 Victoria Street 

For further information, visit the registration page

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