Film students check out comedy pilot Behave Yourself

The Behave Yourself panel.

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.

The students rubbed shoulders with panel guests Arj Barker, Guy Sebastian and Claire Hooper.
Film and Screen Studies students enjoy the comedy pilot, Behave Yourself at the ABC studio in Melbourne.
Film lecturer Dr Tessa Dwyer said the visit also included a Q&A session with the production coordinator and a producer, as well as a studio tour.
Film and Screen experts Claire Perkins and Whitney Monaghan.
“It was a great opportunity for staff and students to see behind-the-scenes and experience first-hand the ‘magic’ of television,” Dr Dwyer said.
Film and Screen experts Belinda Smaill and Claire Perkins.


Monash alumni launch new Australian women in film festival March 2017


MFJ academics play key part in Screening Melbourne

Dr Tessa Dwyer.

Screening Melbourne, an exciting conference  and events program, was held in the the CBD recently, which involved moving attendees through the city to experience its history, materiality and contemporary complexity.

Participating city venues included RMIT University, Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne laneways, the Treasury Theatre, Deakin Edge at Federation Square, the Capitol Cinema, State Library of Victoria, Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Limelight Department Studio at the Salvation Army Heritage Centre.

Monash University’s film and screen lecturer Dr Tess Dwyer was one of the main organisers of Screening Melbourne. Sean Redmond and Toija Cinque, from Deakin, and Glen Donnar, RMIT,  also organised the event.

Dr Dwyer presented at the conference as part of a workshop on Transnational Screen Traffic (with Liam Burke, Ramon Lobato and Mark Freeman) and put together the Monash sponsored panel event ‘Crime on the Streets: Homicide to Jack Irish‘.

Other FSS presenters included:


  • Keynote presentation by Lesley Stern (Professor Emeritus, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)and Monash Adjunct).
  • Con Verevis introduced the keynote speaker Lesley Stern.
  • Deane Williams chaired the panel event ‘Crime on the Streets: From Homicide to Jack Irish’.
  • Con Verevis and Deane Williams co-presented a paper on ‘Before and After ACMI: Researching, Curating and Advancing a Cultural History of, and Future for, Melbourne’s State Film Centres’.
  • Olivia Khoo was an invited speaker for the panel event ‘Difference: Screening Diversity’.
  • Whitney Monaghan presented ‘Please Like Me: Queering happiness in suburban Melbourne’. 
  • Kirsten Stevens presented her paper ‘Film Festivals and the City: Locating celebrations of film within the Melbourne’s urban history’.
  • HDR student Belinda Glynn presented a paper ‘On the (Hot Frankston) Beach: Ava Gardner and Melbourne in the 1950s’.
  • HDR student Simon Troon presented ‘Metro Trains and Melancholy: Daniel Crooks’ Post-Cinematic Mapping of Melbourne’.


Other MFJ presenters included:

  • Tony Moore presented a paper Screening Bohemia: Melbourne from the margins’.

  • Mark Gibson presented a paper ‘Freeplay and the Field – Independent Games Production in Melbourne’.

    Crime on the Street panel presented at the Screening Melbourne conference.

    Screen media form the connective tissue of Melbourne’s cultural life. From key moments in early cinema, such as the production of the world’s first feature film The Story of the Kelly Gang, to the broadcast of national events like the Melbourne Cup and AFL Grand Final, to early video game developers such as Beam Software setting up in the city, there is barely a section of Melbourne that is not illuminated by screen culture.

    The symposium has been designed to rediscover all the elements which make Melbourne a city steeped in screen history.


Kirsten Steven to launch Australian Film Festivals

Dr Kirsten Stevens.

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.

Tracing the birth of film festivals in Australia in the 1950s through to their present abundance, it asks why film festivals have prospered as audience- driven spectacles throughout Australia, while never developing the same industry and market foci of their international fellows.

Drawing on over sixty-years of archival records, festival commentary, interviews with festival insiders and ephemera, this book opens up a largely uncharted history of film culture activity in Australia.

The School of Media, Film and Journalism presents the launch of a new title by Dr Kirsten Stevens, teaching associate in Film & Screen Studies at Monash University.

Please join us on Thursday 23 February when Michelle Carey (Artistic Director, Melbourne International Film Festival) will launch Kirsten Stevens’ Australian Film Festivals: Audience, Place and Exhibition Culture.

Date: Thursday 23 February

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Loop Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne


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.

Associate Prof Smaill contends that the narrative and aesthetic qualities of the documentary genre enable new understandings of animals and animal/human relationships.

As indicated by the success of such films as March of the Penguins and Food, Inc., the documentary has become the preeminent format for rendering animals and nature onscreen.

In Regarding Life, Belinda Smaill brings together examples from a broad array of moving image contexts, including wildlife film and television, advocacy documentary, avant-garde nonfiction, and new media to identify a new documentary terrain in which the representation of animals in the wild and in industrial settings is becoming markedly more complex and increasingly more involved with pivotal ecological debates over species loss, food production, and science.

Associate Professor Belinda Smaills.

While attending to some of the most discussed documentaries of the last two decades, including Grizzly Man; Food, Inc.; Sweetgrass; Our Daily Bread; and Darwin’s Nightmare, the book also draws on lesser-known film examples, and is one of the first to bring film studies understandings to new media such as YouTube.

The result is a study that melds film studies and animal studies to explore how documentary films render both humans and animals, and to what political ends.

Emeritus Professor David Desser, author of American Jewish Filmmakers, said Associate Prof Smaill’s book was “a brilliant, cogent, and timely look at the intersection of animals, the environment, food, and the people who enjoy and consume them”.

“This is the most solid book on film I have read in quite a while, and it will be taken up with much enthusiasm by documentary scholars, animal-rights activists, eco-warriors, and a broad public that is interested in one or another—or all—of the subjects covered here,”  Professor Desser said.

Belinda Smaill is Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University in Australia. She is the author of The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture and the coauthor (with Olivia Khoo and Audrey Yue) of Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas.


New book reframes women’s indie filmmaking

ir-coverSenior 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.


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 has made an impressive contribution to the discipline of film and screen studies since 2010.

Dr Jan Loreck.
Dr Jan Loreck.

Dr Loreck, who was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in cinema studies in 2014, has been recognised by the Dean of Monash Faculty of Arts, Professor Rae Frances, for her innovation and outstanding performance in teaching.

Dr Loreck has won two Dean’s commendation teaching awards, and in 2009 won the Australian Postgraduate Awarded for her exceptional research as an HDR scholar.

She has taught film and screen studies units, including ATS1304 Introduction to Television Studies, ATS3531 Watching Film and Television, ATS2535 Storytelling in Film and Television, and ATS4002 Honours Research Methods Seminar.

Dr Loreck’s PhD thesis, Difficult Subjects: Women, Violence and Subjectivity in Distinguished Cinema, has been published as Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and has been acclaimed for its outstanding contribution to art cinema.

Janice Loreck's book, Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema was released.
Janice Loreck’s book, Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema was released.

“Boldly setting in motion several somewhat entrenched debates around art cinema, transgressive women, and generic hybridity in contemporary cinema, Janice Loreck’s book produces an enlargement and nuancing of our understanding of gendered subjectivity in cinema through the figure of the violent woman,” University of Otago’s Associate Professor Catherine Fowler said.

Dr Loreck has made significant research contributions to Monash and the discipline of film and screen studies internationally.

We congratulate Dr Loreck for her outstanding work and we wish her well in her future endeavours.


‘Let’s wash the eyes’ film screening & seminar

14890484_1094230420694540_7766560763087962193_oHazara Australian filmmaker Abdullah Ferjad screens and discusses his short film ‘Let’s wash the eyes’.

Film synopsis: Hamid is a photographer. He sees everything as black and negative in Afghanistan.

Hamid has been prosecuted by the Taliban regime because he does not have a beard.

A Talib commander who himself sports a sophisticated beard has made a gash on Hamid’s face.

The gash becomes a constant reminder, a bitter remembrance and a persistent accompaniment to his current life.

Click here for details 

CWADRN film screening and seminar
Friday, November 4, 11am-12:30pm
H2.22, Monash University Caulfield Campus


Public Lecture: Professor Michael Renov

The School of Media, Film and Journalism, with thanks to Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, presents:

Documenting the Arctic Sublime
Public Lecture: Professor Michael Renov

50ed382e_9279_f61b_00c2b28c28e40bad_originalThis talk examines how the notion of the sublime has come to be so strongly associated with human encounters with the far north while offering a framework – historical and conceptual – for understanding the documentative urge that has arisen from and is tied up with those encounters. How, this talk asks, does the mixture of awe, rapture and terror associated with the sublime of 19th century European romanticism and the writings of Burke, Kant, Wordsworth and Coleridge, come to have a particular connection to the experience and representation of the far north? It maps out this notion of the arctic sublime as a quite specific context for and instance of what I have elsewhere called “documentary desire,” that unquenchable drive to record and meditate on the sounds and images of the world. To that end I sketch out the role of artists, photographers, filmmakers and videographers as agents of an Arctic-based documentative urge culminating in a brief look at one film, Skagafjörður (2002-2004), produced by American experimental filmmaker Peter Hutton.

Michael Renov is the Haskell Wexler Chair in Documentary and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is the author of Hollywood’s Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology and The Subject of Documentary, editor of Theorizing Documentary, and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, Collecting Visible Evidence, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies and Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Peter Forgacs. In 1993, Renov co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences and is one of three general editors for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press.

Professor Michael Renov is an ACJC Dr Jan Randa Visiting Scholar.
He is at Monash to participate in Rethinking Holocaust Paradigms – Dr Jan Randa Aftermath Conference 2016

Date/Time: Mon 19 Sep / 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

LocationH238, Building H, Caulfield Campus


Introducing the FSS Film Society!

The brand-new and exciting Film and Screen Studies (FSS) Film Society is hosting a series of film screenings where people from FSS can share the movies they love, love to hate or just want to have a really good chat about. Every movie screened will be selected by someone from FSS and will be followed by a discussion about the film. This screening series provides the perfect opportunity for people from FSS to share their research and favourites films with like-minded colleagues, inspire great discussions with intelligent people and (as a bonus) eat lots of popcorn.images-3

The first screening will be in the Caulfield Theatrette  (B537) from 4pm on Thursday September 22nd. Dr Janice Loreck will be introducing Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2014) and will be hosting a Q&A session following the film. 

We are looking for Film and Screen Studies people to nominate movies for the screening series to run in 2017. To request a film screening or to register your interest in being part of the film society, email, or

We look forward to seeing you there!


The future of film studies in the age of media studies

Independent scholar Dr Noel King (from left), University of Melbourne’s Professor Angela Ndalianis, University of New South Wales’ Professor George Kouvaros, Monash University’s Associate Professor Therese Davis, New York University’s Dana Polan and Associate Professor Constantine Verevis.

Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism ran a workshop, The future of Film Studies in the age of Media Studies, at the Monash Media Centre at Caulfield on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.


Prof. Dana Polan (New York University),

Assoc. Prof. Therese Davis (Monash University)

Dr. Noel King (Independent scholar)

Prof. George Kouvaros (University of New South Wales)

Prof. Angela Ndalianis (University of Melbourne)

Conveners and chairpersons:

Assoc. Prof. Constantine Verevis (Monash University)

Assoc. Prof. Deane Williams (Monash University)

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When we – Noel King, Constantine Verevis and Deane Williams – put together our ARC-funded, Australian Film Theory and Criticism (1975–1985) project to document the development of film studies in Australia, we were also thinking about how events of that period informed and shaped the current state of film studies in Australia (and elsewhere).

Now, with the discipline of media studies ascendant and digital media formats proliferating across various platforms, it seems timely to bring together a select group of academics – ­Dana Polan, Therese Davis, Noel King, George Kouvaros and Angela Ndalianis – to ask if and how film studies can remain a distinct discipline, with its own unique history and methods, or whether film studies is nowadays simply one of several areas in a larger field of media studies.

Among the questions raised for discussion at this workshop are:

1. What place does film studies have in contemporary media studies?

2. How can scholars bridge the cinematic emphasis of their research and training with the amorphous structure of both contemporary media and media studies?

3. Is there a regional specificity to film studies? Does Australia’s proximity to Asia influence film studies here? What of our relationship to the Northern hemisphere?

4. How have recent shifts in on-line publishing affected the discipline? Has writing about film – and the methods of film criticism – changed as a result?

5. How has globalisation, and the circulation of films and other materials affected the discipline? How have on-line delivery methods, web chatter, Facebook, etc. impacted viewers and audiences of world cinema?

Each panelist will prepare a short (10-minute) response, which will be followed by open discussion with invited participants.

Participants include: R. Butler (Monash), S. Bye (ACMI), R. Caputo (La Trobe), A. Danks (RMIT), J. Davey (Monash), M. Dutto (Monash), T. Dwyer (Monash), D. Fairfax (Yale), ), L. French (RMIT), S. Gaunson (RMIT), O. Khoo (Monash), R. Letizi (Monash), R. Lobato (Swinburne), W. Monaghan (Monash), S. Rios (Monash), G. Russell (Monash), B. Smaill (Monash), K. Stevens (Monash), Mia Treacey (Federation), S. Troon (Monash HDR), J. Vassilieva (Monash), K. Warren (Monash).


New books examine violent women and queer girls on screen

Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism has recently celebrated the launch of two exciting new titles in film and screen studies: Dr Janice Loreck’s Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema  and Dr Whitney Monaghan’s Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: Not ‘Just a Phase’.

Dr Loreck and Dr Monaghan are assistant lecturers at Monash and graduates of the Film, Media and Communications HDR program.

Associate Professor Belinda Smaill and Dr Claire Perkins launched the books, which have both been published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.


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Violent Women in Contemporary Cinema explores the exciting challenge posed by women who kill through six films released over the last 20 years: Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009), Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001), Baise-moi (Coralie Thinh Thi and Virginie Despentes, 2000), Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994), Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003) and The Reader (Stephen Daldry, 2008).

Exploring how these films play with cultural ideas of ‘typical’ feminine behaviour and the challenges presented to these by homicidal women, this daring work takes up a unique focus on the depiction of violent women in contemporary art and critically-distinguished films.

Exploring the appeal that violent women hold for spectators within this viewing context, Loreck opens up the discussion of how cinema responds to the cultural construction of the violent woman as a conundrum and enigma.


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Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: Not ‘Just a Phase’
offers a key intervention into the growing scholarship and increasing visibility of queer characters in films and television series around the globe.

Taking up the queer girl as a represented and rhetorical figure within film, television and video, this book analyses the terms of the queer girl’s newfound visibility.

Monaghan’s clear critical perspective argues for a temporal logic that underpins many representations of queer girlhood.

Examining an archive of screen texts that includes teen television series, teenpics, art-house, queer and independent cinemas as well as new forms of digital video, she expands current discourse on both queer representation and girls’ studies by looking at sexuality through themes of temporality.

The first full-length study of its kind, this book draws on concepts of boredom, nostalgia and transience to offer a new perspective on queer representation in contemporary screen media.




Getting to know … Tessa Dwyer

Dr Tessa Dwyer.
Dr Tessa Dwyer.

Dr Tess Dwyer joins the Film and Screen Studies academic team at Monash University, based at Caulfield campus.

Dr Dwyer teaches long-form television, which is a new offering in the department.

Getting to know …

Name:  Tessa Dwyer

Title: Dr

Faculty/Division: Arts/School of Media, Film and Journalism

Dept: Film and Screen Studies

Campus: Caulfield

How long have you worked at Monash?: Six weeks on the job!

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?: I worked as a lecturer at the University of Melbourne and I did some research work at Swinburne University, in the Swinburne Institute for Social Research.

What do you like best about your role? I’m teaching a really fun course on long-form television at the moment that is brand new, so I’ve been able to shape it how I wish.

I’m really enjoying teaching TV and hearing from students about a subject that they are really informed about and engaging with regularly in their everyday lives.

Why did you choose your current career path? My career path hasn’t been exactly straight, although once I decided to return to postgraduate study after a break of about five years, I really committed to it, and my current career developed from there.

Prior to commencing my PhD, I had worked in the Arts for a stint, with two years as director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography. It was under-funded, challenging and fun work, but I really missed doing in-depth research and academic writing.

First job? Dimmeys deparment stores in Richmond – a cutural institution! When I first started there, just out of school, it still had a flying fox set-up that linked to all the cash registers across the store, so cash could be shot up to a central upstairs office.

Worst job? Shift work at Media Monitors. I had to stay up all night cutting and copying news articles to deliver to slick city offices the next day! Often I had to do the delivery myself. It was unpleasant in many ways.

What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve? I am looking at ways in which people around the globe are engaging with screen media via networking platforms such as video sharing sties and social media.

These behaviours are starting to migrate from online spaces to more traditional venues like cinemas that, in some parts of the world (such as China and Japan), are holding special screenings where audience texting is encouraged and displayed on the cinema screen for all to view.

I am also researching the role that language and accent play in the ways that screen media travels, is consumed and produced.

What is your favourite place in the world and why? So hard to chose… but one of my local, favourite places is Mt Buffalo. I’ve been going there for family holidays since I was very little and I love it. Its incredibly beautiful with amazing, other-worldly rock formations and clean, crisp air that’s invigorating,

What is your favourite place to eat and why? I love eating and nice places to in which to do so. Japanese bars like Izakaya Den in the city are great, as are places like Supermaxi in North Fitzroy that are relaxed and welcoming.


What is the best piece of advice you have received? Dance instead of going to the gym.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know? I’m not a bad roller-skater.


Shweta Kishore appointed lecturer in Vietnam

Shweta Kishore.
Shweta Kishore.

Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism’s HDR candidate and sessional lecturer, Shweta Kishore, has taken up the position of lecturer at the Centre for Communication and Design, RMIT Vietnam in Saigon South, Vietnam.

Shweta submitted her PhD thesis on July 12, 2016, and flew to Saigon five days later to commence her new appointment.

The School of Media, Film and Journalism wishes Shweta the very best for her new position.


A Reflection on Unhip Cinema of the 1960s

A public lecture with New York University Cinema Studies expert, Professor Dana Polan

v2 Dana Polan FlyerIllustrated with a variety of clips, The Square Screen: A Reflection on Unhip Cinema of the 1960s suggests how mainstream films of the American Sixties complicate easy divisions of the period into establishment cinema and a hip, cutting-edge alternative.


Dana Polan.
Dana Polan.

Dana Polan is a Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU and author of 8 books in film and media studies, including Power and Paranoia: History, Narrative, and the American Cinema, 1940-1950, Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film, 1915-1935, and Julia Child’s the French Chef.


Event details:

Date: Thursday 11 August

Time: 6.30pm – 8pm

Location: Monash Conference Centre

Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne

RSVP by 8th August


Chinese Caribbean Cinema and the Logic of Reeling

Film and Screen Studies, School of Media, Film and Journalism and Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster, Monash Asia Institute present …

Sean Metzger.
Associate Professor Sean Metzger.

A public seminar with Associate Professor Sean Metzger, Chinese Caribbean Cinema and the Logic of Reeling.

Where: Theatrette B.5.37, Monash Media Lab, Level 5, Building B, Caulfield campus, Monash University on July 1 from 11am to 12.30pm.

This talk examines documentary films featuring Chinese Caribbean connections in regard to which  Associate Professor Metzger elaborates the logic of reeling; this word conjures the cinematic apparatus even as the verb “to reel” suggests both fishing for something (or, more generally, winding something) and staggering as a result of some sort of stimuli.

The visible evidence of the Chinese in the Atlantic highlighted by the documentary genre also raises questions about the affective responses such materials engender.

Associate Professor Metzger explores a wide range of documentaries that visualize particular attachments to places.

His discussion includes films that center on Cuba (work by Rigoberto Lopez), Trinidad (works by Richard Fung and Natalie Wei), Guyana and Martinique (work by Jil Servant), and Jamaica (work by Jeanette Kong) in order to think through the articulation of island and regional imaginaries that inscribe, contest, or otherwise complicate Chinese flows of capital and people.

Ultimately, Associate Professor Metzger is interested in probing an emergent Chinese Atlantic seascape (that is a constellation of images and performative strategies that might collectively begin to figure a Chinese Atlantic aesthetic and epistemology).

He investigates both the lateral connections among the places and populations depicted in the film as well as the cinematic expression of particular localities. In other words, I interrogate Caribbean image-making both “on-location” and in terms of larger discourses of globalization.

Enquiries to: Olivia Khoo

Sean Metzger is an Associate Professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. He is the author of Chinese Looks: Fashion, Performance, Race (Indiana U Press, 2014).

His co-edited volumes include: Embodying Asian/American Sexualities (Lexington, 2009); Futures of Chinese Cinema: Technologies and Temporalities in Chinese Screen Cultures (Intellect, 2009); and Awkward Stages: Plays about Growing Up Gay (Cambria, 2015).

He has also co-edited special issues of Cultural Dynamics (2009) and Third Text (2014).


Tribute to FSS alumnus Adrian Slattery

Adrian Slattery  1985-2016

Film and Screen Studies staff, and the Monash community, are saddened to hear of the death of alumnus, Adrian Slattery, on May 14, 2016. 

Adrian is remembered as a kind and talented student who graduated with a BA and BA (Hons), majoring in film and television studies (FTVS).

Adrian was awarded the distinction of best FTVS Honours thesis (2011) for a dissertation titled Systematically Stoned: Genre Theory and the Stoner Film.

One examiner described Adrian’s dissertation as “a superb thesis, very entertainingly written and an absolute joy to read … a really excellent and eminently publishable work”.

FSS staff extend their condolences to Adrian’s family and friends.

Read more here


The Other Paris: Public Seminar with Luc Sante

In his only Melbourne engagement, acclaimed author Luc Sante talks about the why and how of his recent book, The Other Paris (2016), including a reading from a chapter titled “Zone.”

Sante will present in Building B at Monash’s Caulfield campus in Room B5.37 on Thursday, May 26 from 6.30pm to 8pm.

The presentation includes a Q&A with Associate Professor Deane Williams of the School of Media, Film and Journalism, and audience discussion time.  

Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium. His books include The Other ParisLow LifeEvidence, The Factory of Facts, and Kill All Your Darlings.

He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), an Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman fellowships.

He has contributed to The New York Review of Books since 1981, and has written for many other magazines. He is the visiting professor of writing and the history of photography at Bard College and lives in Ulster County, New York.

Event information here.

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Verevis invited to present at Berlin conference

Associate Professor Con Verevis.
Associate Professor Con Verevis.

Monash’s School of Media, Film and Journalism academic Associate Professor Constantine Verevis has been invited as a speaker for the Seriality, Seriality, Seriality conference in June.

Associate Professor Verevis is currently a Fellow at the Research Unit in Popular Seriality (Free University, Berlin).

His presentation in Berlin will mark the end of the unit’s six years of DFG-funded research projects.

Conference profile of Associate Professor Constantine Verevis:

Constantine Verevis is Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University. He is author of Film Remakes (Edinburgh UP, 2006), co-author of Australian Film Theory and Criticism, Vol 1: Critical Positions (Intellect, 2013) and co-editor of Second Takes: Critical Approaches to the Film Sequel (SUNY P, 2010), After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image (Routledge, 2011), Film Trilogies: New Critical Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan 2012),Film Remakes, Adaptations and Fan Productions: Remake/Remodel (Palgrave Macmillan,2012), B Is For Bad Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value (SUNY P, 2014) and US Independent Film After 1989: Possible Films (Edinburgh UP 2015).

Click here for conference details of Seriality, Seriality, Seriality,  and click here for the conference poster.



Monash University launches innovative media lab

The Monash Media Lab’s news room for journalism students.

A state-of-the-art media lab will be officially launched at Monash University’s Caulfield campus on April 7.

Waleed Aly.
The Project’s presenter Waleed Aly.

Waleed Aly, well-known journalist and Monash University academic, will launch the lab, which is part of the Faculty of Arts’ School of Media, Film and Journalism.

The Monash Media Lab will provide a unique environment that will transform the way students learn, giving them the skills to navigate a new, high-tech world of media and journalism.

Waleed’s opening talk will highlight what can be achieved when ideas and media professionalism come together.

The lunchtime launch will be followed by a mini film festival in the Media Lab’s theatrette and an evening panel chaired by the ABC’s Virginia Trioli.

The evening panel, featuring industry professionals and former students, will focus on the rapidly changing media environment and what it means for future careers.

The session will explore the role of technology and media literacy in educating students with the skills they need to be industry ready when they graduate.


The Monash Media Lab’s newsroom and conference room.

Many scholars working in the School of Media, Film and Journalism are journalists and film-makers with significant industry experience.

As part of the launch, a mini film festival will highlight recent works by Dr Romaine Moreton and Associate Professor Tony Moore.

Dr Moreton’s critically acclaimed short films The Farm (2009) and The Oysterman (2013) will be shown as well as Assoc Prof Moore’s feature length documentary Death or Liberty.

The documentary is based on the book co-written by Moore and was broadcast in Ireland in 2015 and on ABC television in early 2016.

Click here for picture gallery of the Monash Media Lab

The media lab features equipment and facilities that will transform the way journalism, film and media are taught and learnt. The facilities include:

• Two radio/sound production studios with an adjacent control-room/audio production and teaching suite;

• An open-plan newsroom;

• Broadcast TV and video production studio announcer/guest desk for six people with mobile tripod mounted cameras, overhead lighting grid and full sound and vision cabling and graphics screen;

• A control room/vision mixing production and teaching suite; and

• Two laboratories, each with 24 student computer terminals, e-lecterns, interactive screens and optical fibre cabling for synchronous and asynchronous blended teaching and learning activities.

The media lab will also provide the means to demonstrate and develop MFJ’s industry engagement and research impact in the community through radio, TV, and online current affairs journalism, documentaries and short films.

For more information contact Assoc Professor Mia Lindgren or Monash Media & Communications + 61 3 9903 4840 or

Newsroom Panorama
Students are enjoying state-of-the-art facilities in the new Monash Media Lab.