Sydney Screen Studies Talks

Sydney Screen Studies Talks

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A series of talks on all aspects of film, television, and screen-based media.


Common Ground: Australian co-productions with China
Jan 15 • 92 min
Over the past decade, the Australian film industry has increasingly engaged in co-productions with China. Screen Australia’s 2013 ‘Common Ground’ report into screen partnerships in Asia highlighted Australia’s intention to develop co-production…
Through an Indigenous Lens
Oct 25, 2018 • 63 min
Throughout Australia’s television history, Indigenous people have faced considerable misrepresentation in both their characterization and absence from our screens. Graduate student and actress Josie Atkinson looks at three key case studies: Boney (1971-2;…
A Good Man with a Gun
Oct 3, 2018 • 61 min
“The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. These are words spoken by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre. Film scholar Dr Rodney Wallis argues this statement has a peculiar…
Icons and Politics in Spanish Cinema
Jul 31, 2018 • 73 min
What cultural and social value can be found in 1970s exploitation cinema? Doctoral candidate Váleri Codesido explores 1970s Spanish exploitation cinema to question what it can tell us about Spain in both a pre- and post- Franco era, and Spain’s…
The Female Hero: The Research-led Screenplay
May 1, 2018 • 73 min
The Hero’s Journey has proven highly adaptable to the three-act screenplay structure. The problem is it has almost exclusively been applied to masculine heroes. Screenwriter Sophia Riley Kobacker proposes a new narrative template that can be used to tell…
Fassbinder: As He Appears to Us
Apr 17, 2018 • 64 min
Director, performer or author? UNSW Honours student Zach Karpinellison interrogates these three roles occupied by German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder. These roles, Zach argues, allow Fassbinder to exert greater control over the moral and political…
Intersections of Media Effects Research: Developing Socially Responsible Media Production
Mar 20, 2018 • 70 min
Are we influenced by what we watch? Psychologist and media consultant Danya Braunstein talks us through some of the vital research into how individuals’ thoughts, attitudes and beliefs are affected by the media they consume. She dispels some of the myths…
Ways of Seeing and Feeling: Rhythm and Pulse
Mar 6, 2018 • 69 min
Film scholar Dr Sharon Mee explores the role of the pulse and rhythm in film. She examines a series of experimental films - Brakhage, Kubelka, and Duchamp - which visually inscribe rhythm onto the image. She extends this analysis into horror film,…
Examining Chinese Cinema Audiences’ Opinions Through User-Generated Content: A Case Study of The Mermaid
Nov 7, 2017 • 52 min
Within the film industry, methods traditionally used to conduct audience analysis include utilising surveys and statistical data such as box office revenues. However, with the rapid growth of digital technology, collecting data on audiences’ opinions…
New Intimate Cinema Spaces
Oct 24, 2017 • 75 min
Rebecca Lelli, a Macquarie Uni graduate student, examines the plethora of viewing environments and platforms used to watch films today. She challenges the traditional assumption that the public theatre is the ‘best’ place to watch a film. Rebecca uses a…
Reframe: Considering Screens to Reconfigure Postmedia
Aug 29, 2017 • 74 min
UNSW postgraduate Charu Maithani explores the new kinds of interactions enabled between viewer/spectator and screen in the postmedia age. She examines changing aspect ratios, interactivity, and film production technology through the past 50 years, and…
Gendered Vulnerability in Transnational Action Cinema: xXx, The Great Wall, and Kung Fu Yoga
Aug 15, 2017 • 92 min
Where is transnational cinema going? Dr Timothy Laurie looks at the numerous high budget action films emerging in the US, China, and India in the past decade that employ both international casting and transnational narratives. He argues these films create…
Vallaikkaariya? - Constructing Amy Jackson, Nativity and Whiteness in Tamil Cinema
Aug 1, 2017 • 65 min
Since Liverpool local Amy Jackson’s debut in 2010, where she played a young British woman in the Tamil period-drama Madrasapattinam, Jackson has played exclusively Tamil/Indian characters in all of her films. Despite her Caucasian background, Jackson is…
A Crysis of Perspective: (S)pawning Subjectivity in Interactive Media
May 24, 2017 • 69 min
Video games present an interesting challenge to other visual media: they are neither wholly narrative, nor wholly interactive. Ben Eldridge (USyd) explores mainstream interactive media with a brief case study of two texts splattered with violence and…
Inside the ‘Open-Image’: Virtual Reality Cinema as a Medium of Ethical Experience
May 10, 2017 • 72 min
Recent developments in cinematic VR open up vital questions around how much this new mode can draw on established cinematic paradigms, such as linear narrative progression, techniques of montage, and emotional engagement via identification with diegetic…
Bedevil in the Details: Australian Experimental Film in the Era of New Media
May 3, 2017 • 79 min
In the 1990s, Australian experimental and avant-garde film traditions were displaced – at the level of theory, policy and practice. The 1994 ‘Creative Nation’ policy announced the Keating Government’s enthusiasm for innovation and digital media.…
The Social Life of Films: An Alternative Perspective on Informal Film Circulation
Apr 26, 2017 • 57 min
Complex transnational and local factors have made way for alternative channels of film circulation to emerge all around the globe. What is significant about these channels is not just that they are illegal, but the ways they transform the films,…
Nostalgia, Representation and Transgression in Disney Princess Culture
Apr 5, 2017 • 86 min
Between 1937 and 2016, Walt Disney Animation Studios released 56 animated theatrical films for children. Since 2000, the teenage and young adult female protagonists from 12 of these films have been retroactively grouped into a media franchise called the…
Phenomenology and Contemporary Film Consumption
Mar 22, 2017 • 64 min
In this talk, Dr Karina Aveyard examines the embodied elements of the film viewing experience across the range of public and private environments. The proliferation of internet-based technologies has given rise to renewed scholarly interest in the…
When File-Sharing Isn’t Piracy: Formalising Peer-to-Peer Distribution
Mar 8, 2017 • 51 min
Film critic and PhD candidate Lauren Carroll Harris uses a case study of US comedy HITS (David Cross 2015) and the BitTorrent Now website to explore how filmmakers are using file-sharing networks to monetise film distribution and reach their own fanbases.…