Senior lecturer in Film and Screen Studies, Dr Claire Perkins has co-edited an exciting new book reframing American women’s independent cinema. Independent films by women constitute a vital and multidimensional cinema distinct from both Hollywood and the popular ‘indie’ sector. This book is dedicated to highlighting the work of a range of these women, whose fresh, feminist voices we need more than ever in this political climate
‘A groundbreaking collection, with an all-star feminist cast of editors and contributors, Indie Reframed taps the many benefits of examining women’s agency in the production and distribution practices of independent cinema. Theoretically savvy and up-to-date, the volume satisfyingly redresses the gender imbalance of earlier indie film scholarship.’ — Catherine Grant, University of Sussex
With the consolidation of ‘indie’ culture in the 21st century, female filmmakers face an increasingly indifferent climate. Within this sector, women work across all aspects of writing, direction, production, editing and design, yet the dominant narrative continues to construe ‘maverick’ white male auteurs such as Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson as the face of indie discourse. Defying the formulaic myths of the mainstream ‘chick flick’ and the ideological and experimental radicalism of feminist counter-cinema alike, women’s indie filmmaking is neither ironic, popular nor political enough to be readily absorbed into pre-existing categories. This collection, the first sustained examination of the work of female practitioners within American independent cinema, reclaims the ‘difference’ of female indie filmmaking. Through a variety of case studies of directors, writers and producers such as Ava DuVernay, Lena Dunham and Christine Vachon, contributors explore the innovation of a range of female practitioners by attending to the sensibilities, ideologies and industrial practices that distinguish their work – while embracing the ‘in-between’ space in which the narratives they represent and embody can be revealed.
Joanna fashions a career in research
Not to boast, but Monash is always proud of our incredibly talented students. Joanna Batsakis … Continue reading Joanna fashions a career in research
Jessica on the way to becoming a rom-com queen
A love of rom-coms, film and TV is turning into a burgeoning screenwriting career for … Continue reading Jessica on the way to becoming a rom-com queen
Education and screen culture combine for Sian
Sian Michell says she is working in her dream job, but wants to do it … Continue reading Education and screen culture combine for Sian
Amanda taking over the world, one film festival at a time
There are a lot of different career paths that our School of Media, Film and … Continue reading Amanda taking over the world, one film festival at a time
From screen to sound for Hayley
After completing her Honours in Film and TV studies at Monash, career success for Hayley … Continue reading From screen to sound for Hayley
Curiosity and critical thinking propels Anders’ career
For Anders Furze, studies in Film and TV has led to varied career outcomes. But … Continue reading Curiosity and critical thinking propels Anders’ career
Film students check out comedy pilot Behave Yourself
MFJ Film and Screen Studies staff and students visited the ABC Studios in Elsternwick on April 18 to be part of the studio audience for new Channel 7 comedy pilot Behave Yourself.
Monash alumni launch new Australian women in film festival March 2017
Monash Arts Film & Screen Studies PhD alumni Sian Mitchell, Kirsten Stevens, Whitney Monaghan and Janice Loreck are behind the inaugural Melbourne Women in Film Festival (view the trailer) launching 3-4 March 2017 at Melbourne’s Treasury Theatre, the former State Film Centre.
MFJ academics play key part in Screening Melbourne
Screening Melbourne, an exciting conference and events program, was held in the the CBD recently, which involved moving … Continue reading MFJ academics play key part in Screening Melbourne
Kirsten Steven to launch Australian Film Festivals
Australian Film Festivals: Audience, Place and Exhibition Culture is the first book to offer an in-depth examination of the history, operation, and growth of film festivals as a cultural phenomenon within Australia.
Belinda Smaill launches her book Regarding Life
Monash Film and Screen Studies’ Associate Professor Belinda Smaill has produced a book, Regarding Life: Animals and the Documentary Moving Image, which has been published by SUNY Press.
FSS applauds Janice’s outstanding contribution to its program ahead of her Monash departure
Monash’s School of Media, Film and Journalism applauds the work of Dr Janice Loreck, who … Continue reading FSS applauds Janice’s outstanding contribution to its program ahead of her Monash departure