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.
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
‘Let’s wash the eyes’ film screening & seminar
Hazara Australian filmmaker Abdullah Ferjad screens and discusses his short film ‘Let’s wash the eyes’. … Continue reading ‘Let’s wash the eyes’ film screening & seminar
Public Lecture: Professor Michael Renov
The School of Media, Film and Journalism, with thanks to Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, presents: … Continue reading Public Lecture: Professor Michael Renov
Introducing the FSS Film Society!
The brand-new and exciting Film and Screen Studies (FSS) Film Society is hosting a series … Continue reading Introducing the FSS Film Society!
The future of film studies in the age of media studies
Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism ran a workshop, The future of Film Studies … Continue reading The future of film studies in the age of media studies
Getting to know … Tessa Dwyer
Dr Tess Dwyer joins the Film and Screen Studies academic team at Monash University, based … Continue reading Getting to know … Tessa Dwyer
Shweta Kishore appointed lecturer in Vietnam
Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism’s HDR candidate and sessional lecturer, Shweta Kishore, … Continue reading Shweta Kishore appointed lecturer in Vietnam
A Reflection on Unhip Cinema of the 1960s
A public lecture with New York University Cinema Studies expert, Professor Dana Polan Illustrated with … Continue reading A Reflection on Unhip Cinema of the 1960s
Chinese Caribbean Cinema and the Logic of Reeling
Film and Screen Studies, School of Media, Film and Journalism and Asian Cultural and Media Studies … Continue reading Chinese Caribbean Cinema and the Logic of Reeling
Tribute to FSS alumnus Adrian Slattery
Film and Screen Studies staff, and the Monash community, are saddened to hear of the death of alumni student, Adrian Slattery, on May 14, 2016.
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.
Verevis invited to present at Berlin conference
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.