Welcome to the Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory

The Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory is associated with the Film and Screen Studies program at Monash University, one of the largest stand-alone film studies programs in Australia. Members of RUFCT hold a strong interest in World Cinema, documentary, women’s cinema, Australian cinema, Asian cinema, film remakes and seriality, film aesthetics and intellectual histories. From the first silent films through to YouTube, we contribute to a body of research at the vanguard of film theory, criticism, history and culture.


  • Three full-time, funded, scholarships available for PhD candidates to undertake research into Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945 – 1980, as part of a four-year Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project. This ground-breaking project will discover, document, analyse and compile a lasting archive of Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia. ‘Utilitarian’ describes client-sponsored, instructional and governmental filmmaking existing ... Read more
  • On Thursday November 12th, renowned film scholar Professor Lesley Stern presented a public lecture at the Monash Conference Centre. Sponsored by the Film and Screen Studies Program, the School of Media, Film and Journalism and the Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Professor Stern presented an incredibly smart and beautifully written paper, theorising what the ... Read more
  • Adrian Martin, an Adjunct Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University, launched his book, Mise en Scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art, on February 26.   Associate Prof Martin’s presentation,  Using Multimedia Like We Mean It: Audiovisual Demonstration in Film and Media Studies Today, was delivered before the Monash  academic ... Read more
  • Call for Papers New Directions in Screen Studies: A National Conference for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers in Screen Studies New Directions in Screen Studies is a two-day conference for postgraduates and early career researchers (ERCs) in Screen Studies. The conference is a forum for new researchers to showcase their work before their peers and develop professional ... Read more
  • International Conference 16–19 November 2015 Call for Papers Every day hundreds of people travel back and forth between southern countries, including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, Indonesia, Timor Leste and South Africa; and with these people travel cultures, experiences, memories and images. The Cinema at the End of the World International Conference takes on a transversal South-South approach to the study of ... Read more
  • 2-4 pm in Room H805/06.Caulfield Campus. First Monday of every month during Semester Next Session: 2nd March 2015 Under Construction is the School of Media, Film and Journalism seminar series run by postgraduates for postgraduates. Meeting on the first Monday of every month during semester, this series provides a great opportunity to interact with other postgrads and ... Read more
  • Mise en Scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art by Adrian Martin Synopsis: Styles of filmmaking have changed greatly from the classical Hollywood system, with its emphasis on narrative and character, to the current digital era of YouTube and installation art, where audiovisual spectacle takes command. The ways in which film critics and ... Read more
  • The Digital Media as Method symposium was convened by Deane Williams. Held November 13-14 2014, it featured leading international researchers/practitioners in a critical consideration of new methods in digital humanities. Keynotes “Dissolves of Passion”? Materially thinking through editing in digital videographic film and moving image studies Dr Catherine Grant, University of Sussex Focusing on a number of videographic explorations of matters ... Read more
  • The Asian Cultural & Media Studies Research Cluster of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University hosted  an international conference, ‘Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now’ at Monash University, Caulfield campus in Melbourne on 6 and 7 November 2014. The conference aimed to critically revisit some of the key issues in the study of Asian culture, media and communications, ... Read more
  • Affect and Appropriation: Film Theory in the Digital Age October 13, 2014. Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square. Presented by The Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory, Monash University and the School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. Thomas Elsaesser is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of ... Read more
  • “New Directions in Indigenous filmmaking and performance: screenings and Q and A”. Presented by Dr Romaine Moreton and Lou Bennett European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) International Conference: Encountering Australia: Transcultural Conversations Wednesday 24 September 2014, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy. In this session, keynote speaker Dr Romaine Moreton, Goernpil Bundjulung filmmaker and scholar, joins with Yorta ... Read more
  • India In Flux: Living Resistance at Melbourne International Film Festival 2014 is the first public presentation of a curated Indian documentary film programme in Australia. Co-curator Shweta Kishore said the project was motivated by the desire to expand knowledge and appreciation of Indian screen cultures amongst Australian audiences. “The programme presents a stirring vision of social resistance ... Read more
  •   In July 2014, Constantine Verevis convened a workshop on seriality with the Research Unit “Popular Seriality—Aesthetics and Practice,” at JFK Institute, Free University in Berlin. Read more
  • On May 19, 2014 Dr Therese Davis and Dr Romaine Moreton presented findings from their recently completed Screen Australia Research and Publication Partnership Program project and launch the new Australian-Indigenous Film and Television Digital Bibliography Abstract: Colonialist classification systems of Indigenous identity have a long and contentious history in Australia. In recent years official use of race-based and ... Read more
  • Sinophone Cinemas Edited by Olivia Khoo and Audrey Yue Synopsis: Sinophone Cinemas considers a range of multilingual, multidialect and multi-accented cinemas produced in Chinese-language locations outside mainland China. Showcasing a variety of new and fascinating case studies from Britain, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia, and canvassing a range of formats including commercial co-productions, short films, documentaries and independent ... Read more
  • The Grierson Effect: Tracing Documentary’s International Movement Edited by Deane Williams and Zoe Druick Synopsis: This landmark collection of essays considers the global legacy of John Grierson, the father of British documentary. Featuring the work of leading scholars from around the world, The Grierson Effectexplores the impact of Grierson’s ideas about documentary and educational film in a wide range ... Read more
  • B Is for Bad Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value Edited by Constantine Verevis and Claire Perkins Synopsis: B Is for Bad Cinema continues and extends, but does not limit itself to, the trends in film scholarship that have made cult and exploitation films and other “low” genres increasingly acceptable objects for critical analysis. Springing from discussions of taste ... Read more
  • Last Day Every Day: Figural Thinking from Kracauer and Auerbach to Brenez and Agamben by Adrian Martin Synopsis: Where is film analysis at today? What is cinema theory up to, behind our backs? The field, as professionally defined (at least in the Anglo-American academic world), is presently divided between contextual historians who turn to broad formations of modernity, ... Read more
  • Associate Professor Deane Williams will present (in collaboration with author-filmmaker, John Hughes), a paper entitled “No Going Back: Continuity and Change in Australian Documentary” at Laboratory of Audiovisual Investigation and Critique (LAICA), University of São Paulo, Brazil, on April 5, 2013. Synopsis: In 1952 the Australian Department of Information released the singular Mike and Stefani, written ... Read more
  • Constantine Verevis will present a keynote address entitled “Blockbuster Remakes” at a Conference on Bestseller and Blockbuster Culture – Books, Cinema and Television, 21-22 March 2013, Aalborg, Denmark.   Synopsis: Considering the omnipresence of the bestseller concept in everyday life, the bestseller culture seems a valid label to describe our contemporary culture. In the area of feature ... Read more