Research and Recent Publications

Film and Screen Studies research at Monash University is ranked ‘4’ (Above World Standard) in the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2012. 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.


  • The following grants were received by members of the Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory in 2014: Davis, Therese and Chris Healy (University of Melbourne), “Contemporary Indigenous film and television: new frames of understanding” Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant, 2014-2016 Kossew, Sue, Beatrice Trefalt, Therese Davis, Belinda Smaill and Olivia Khoo, “Unfinished Business: Apology Cultures ... 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
  • 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


  • Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory members published a number of excellent journal articles in 2014: Davis, Therese and Belinda Smaill, “Introduction: The Place of the Contemporary Female Director”, Special Issue of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, “The Place of the Contemporary Female Director”, edited by Therese Davis and Belinda Smaill Volume 29, Number ... Read more


  • RUFCT members contributed the following book chapters in 2014: Davis, Therese, 2013, ‘”A Beginning”: Reviewing Australia’s colonial past in Indigenous film and television,’ in Remapping the Future: History, Culture and Environment in Australia and India, eds Raelene Frances and Deb N. Bandyopadhyay, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne United Kingdom, pp. 15-32. Khoo, Olivia ‘Singapore, Sinophone, Nationalism: Sounds ... Read more