Associate Professor Jane Mills

Associate Professor
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Kent-at-Canterbury; Ph.D. University of Western Sydney
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 8529
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 231V, Level 2, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus

Consultation

By appointment.
On leave starting Semester 2, 2016 and returning 26 Jan 2017
Fields: Film and Television

I joined UNSW as  Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Research Centre, where I was Acting Director in 2013. I was a frequent Visiting Professor to the Japanese Institute for Moving Images and was actively involved in designing and setting up their Screen Literacy course for undergraduates.

My publishing activities include: Series Editor of Australian Screen Classics (formerly: Currency Press and the National Film & Sound Archive), Associate Editor and referee for the two Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) journals: Metro and Australian Screen Education, and founding Editor and Board member of the online interdisciplinary journal, Fusion.  I Previously a Board Member of the Sydney Film Festival, I remain actively involved in this and several other film festivals. I am currently writing a book for I.B Tauris: Sojourner Cinem: The Outsider's Eye.

In addition to consulting, teaching and publishing in screen studies, screen literacy, visual media and communication, I have a production background in television and documentary film and have written on subjects including cinema, censorship, sex education, socio-linguistics, feminism, human rights and cosmopolitanism. A committed anti-censorship campaigner, I am a founder-member of ‘Watch on Censorship’. I am also a frequent broadcaster on television and radio and a film critic for ABC Radio 702.

I'm the author of eight books of which the most recent are: Jedda (Currency Press/NFSA, 2012); Loving and Hating Hollywood: Re-framing Global and Local Cinemas (Allen & Unwin, May 2009); The Money Shot: Cinema, Sin & Censorship (Pluto, 2001).

My documentary films include: Yilmaz Guney: His life, His Films (Channel 4) about the late Kurdish-Turkish director whose film Yol won the Palme d’or at Cannes in 1984; and Rape: That’s Entertainment? (BBC1) about the representation of sexual violence towards women in cinema.

Books

2012     Jedda, Currency Press/National Film & Sound Archive

2009     Loving and Hating Hollywood: Reframing Global and Local Cinemas, Allen & Unwin

 

2001     The Money Shot: Cinema, Sin and Censorship, Pluto Press; Reinventing the Reel: The Road Movie, AFI. 

1993     Guide to Erotic Literature, (ed.), Bloomsbury Press, University of  Chicago Press

1993     Sexwords,  Penguin Books, London

1992     Make It Happy, Make It Safe, Penguin Books, London

1989     Womanwords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Patriarchal Society. In UK: Longman, Virago  Press; In US: The Free Press, Henry Holt. Also translated and published in Taiwan (1997)

1979     Make It Happy, Virago Press,  London. Translated and published in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany.
              Co-winner of  The Times Educational Supplement ‘Information Book of the Year’ Award.

1973     Turkey: Torture and Political Persecution, Pluto Press, London. Co-winner of the Society of Young Publishers 'Book of the Year' award.

 

Chapters & Articles

2017   'Linking Australian First Nation cinema and American cinema: Representations and hybridisations.' in Adrian Danks, Stephen Gaunson, P. Kunze (eds), Australian and American Cinemas: International Collaborations, New York: Palgrave             Macmillan (in press)

2017   'Imagining the Unimaginable: Representing genocide in Australian cinema.' Critical Arts (in press)

2016   ‘Settler colonialism and genocide in Australian cinema’ (with Sarah Maddison) in J. Friedman & W.L. Hewitt (eds), The History of Genocide in Cinema: Atrocities on Screen. London: I.B. Tauris

2015    ‘Cosmopolitanism and Bordering Practice in Toomelah (Ivan Sen)’, Screening the Past.

2015    'Sojourner Sydney:  Looking from the Outside', Neol Mitchell (ed), World Film Locations: Sydney. Bristol: Intellect Books

2014    ‘Sojourner Cinema: Towards a Geocinematics of Cosmopolitanism.’ Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media  55(1)

2014:   'Screening otherness: The potential of screen literacy learning for cosmopolitan knowledge and understanding’ in Chiba Shigeki & Nakayama Shuji (eds),  Eiga Kyouiku No Jissentekikenkyu ~cineliteracy kyouiku no kanousei wo saguru                [Film Education Research: What Can Cine-literacy Do]. Shin-yuri: Japan Institute of Moving Image

2013     ‘Popular Screen Culture and Digital Communication Technology in Literacy Learning: Towards  a New Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism’, with B. Green, in  Journal of Popular Film & Television. 41:2

2013     ‘The Sydney Film Festival and the Canon’, Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive. Sydney: SFF

2013     ‘From confusion to fusion: The birth of a new academic, peer-reviewed, online journal’,  Fusion, 1:1 (ISSN 2201-7208)

2013     ‘Situating the ‘Beyond’: Adventure-learning and Indigenous Cultural Competence’, (With B. Hill), Discourse. 34: 1

2012     ‘Visual Culture, Literacy Learning: Towards a Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism’,  Journal of Australian Studies Association in Japan

2012      ‘Hollywood: Bad Cinema’s Bad “Other”’, J. Vassilieva & C. Verevis (eds), After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image. London:    Routledge

2012      'Making Mini-Movies: The Mobile Phone as a Resource for a New Cosmopolitanism',  Journal of Australian Studies Association in Japan

2011      ‘Screen Literacy: Its Social, Cultural and Educational Implications and Applications’ in Mary A. Drinkwater (ed), Beyond Textual Literacy: Visual Literacy for Creative & Critical Inquiry. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press

2010      ‘Expanding Horizons: Screen Literacy and Global Citizenship’, English in Australia. Vol 45: 2; ‘Hollywood: Bad Cinema’s Bad “Other”’, Continuum. 24:5

2010      ‘Mapping Australia: Cinematic Cartographies of (Dis)Location’, Senses of Cinema,  Vol. 55

2009      ‘Journey Among Women-Special and Electric’: booklet accompanying Collectors Edition DVD, Journey Among Women, Mad Man: Melbourne;

2009      ‘First Nation Cinema: Hollywood’s Indigenous Other’, Screening the Past. Vol 24: 2

 

 

Research

Before coming to Australia in 1995 I was a Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University where I was Course Director for the Masters degree in Documentary in the Northern Media School. Prior to that I was: Head of Producing at the National Film & Television School; Founder Director of the Edinburgh International Television Festival; Series Producer for a radical science series at Central Television (for Channel 4); Head Production at Granada Television as well as researcher on the investigative current affairs programme, World In Action and presenter on the daily news programme, Granada Reports; freelance author, journalist and filmmaker.

From 1995-2001 I was Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS). From 2001-2009 I was a consultant in cineliteracy to the NSW English Teachers Association and the NSW Department of Education & Training, Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and Honorary Research fellow at AFTRS. During this period I studied for my PhD at the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. My thesis is entitled: Hollywood and its Others: Porous Borders and Creative Tensions in the Transnational Screenscape. In 2009 I was appointed Associate Professor in the School of Communication (later the School of Communication and Creative Industries) at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW. I am now in the School of the Arts & Media at UNSW (Australia) on the Kensington campus and live at Bondi.

In 2014 I joined the School of the Arts and Media (SAM) after being Deputy Director (2012) and then Acting Director of the Journalism & Media Research Centre throughout 2013 when the Centre was successfully integrated into SAM. I am a frequent Visiting Professor to the Japanese Institute for Moving Images (JIMI) and was actively involved in designing and setting up their Cineliteracy course for undergraduates. My publishing activities include: Series Editor of Australian Screen Classics (Currency Press and the National Film & Sound Archive), Associate Editor and referee for the two Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) journals, Metro and Australian Screen Education, and founding Editor and Board member of the online interdisciplinary journal, Fusion, working closely with former colleagues at Charles Sturt University and with the University of Lincoln (UK). I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the Routledge series, Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia. Previously a Board Member of the Sydney Film Festival, I remain actively involved in this and several other film festivals.

In addition to consulting, teaching and publishing in film and screen studies, screen literacy, visual media and communication, I have a production background in television and documentary film and have written on subjects including cinema, censorship, sex education, socio-linguistics, feminism, human rights and cosmopolitanism. A committed anti-censorship campaigner, I am a founder-member of ‘Watch on Censorship’. I am also a frequent broadcaster on television and radio and a film critic for ABC Radio 702. I'm the author of eight books of which the most recent are: Jedda (Currency Press/NFSA, 2012); Loving and Hating Hollywood: Re-framing Global and Local Cinemas (Allen & Unwin, May 2009); The Money Shot: Cinema, Sin & Censorship (Pluto, 2001). My documentary films include: Yilmaz Guney: His life, His Films (Channel 4) about the late Kurdish-Turkish director whose film Yol won the Palme d’or at Cannes in 1984; and Rape: That’s Entertainment? (BBC1) about the representation of sexual violence towards women in cinema.

Publications

Books

2012      Jedda, Currency Press/National Film & Sound Archive

2009      Loving and Hating Hollywood: Reframing Global and Local Cinemas, Allen & Unwin

2001      The Money Shot: Cinema, Sin and Censorship, Pluto Press; Reinventing the Reel: The Road Movie, AFI. 

1993      Guide to Erotic Literature, (ed.), Bloomsbury Press, University of  Chicago Press

1993      Sexwords,  Penguin Books, London

1992      Make It Happy, Make It Safe, Penguin Books, London

1989      Womanwords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Patriarchal Society. In UK: Longman, Virago  Press; In US: The Free Press, Henry Holt. Also translated and published in Taiwan (1997)

1979      Make It Happy, Virago Press,  London. Translated and published in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany. Co-winner of  The Times Educational Supplement ‘Information Book of the Year’ Award.

1973      Turkey: Torture and Political Persecution, Pluto Press, London. Co-winner of the Society of Young Publishers 'Book of the Year' award.

Recent Chapters & Articles

2014      ‘Sojourner Cinema: Towards a Geocinematics of Cosmopolitanism.’ Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media, 55:1 (in press)

2013      ‘Popular Screen Culture and Digital Communication Technology in Literacy Learning: Towards  a New Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism’, with B. Green, in  Journal of Popular Film & Television. 41:2;  ‘The Sydney Film Festival and the Canon’, Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive. Sydney: SFF; ‘From confusion to fusion: The birth of a new academic, peer-reviewed, online journal’,  Fusion, 1:1 (ISSN 2201-7208); ‘Situating the ‘Beyond’: Adventure-learning and Indigenous Cultural Competence’, with B. Hill, Discourse. 34: 1.

2012      ‘Visual Culture, Literacy Learning: Towards a Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism’,  Journal of Australian Studies Association in Japan; ‘Hollywood: Bad Cinema’s Bad “Other”’, J. Vassilieva & C. Verevis (eds), After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image. London: Routledge; Making Mini-Movies: The Mobile Phone as a Resource for a New Cosmopolitanism, Journal of Australian Studies Association in Japan.

2011      ‘Screen Literacy: Its Social, Cultural and Educational Implications and Applications’ in Mary A. Drinkwater (ed), Beyond Textual Literacy: Visual Literacy for Creative & Critical Inquiry. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press

2010      ‘Expanding Horizons: Screen Literacy and Global Citizenship’, English in Australia. Vol 45: 2; ‘Hollywood: Bad Cinema’s Bad “Other”’, Continuum. 24:5; ‘Mapping Australia: Cinematic Cartographies of (Dis)Location’, Senses of Cinema,  Vol. 55

2009      ‘Journey Among Women -  Special and Electric’: booklet accompanying Collectors Edition DVD, Journey Among Women, Mad Man: Melbourne;  ‘First Nation Cinema: Hollywood’s Indigenous Other’, Screening the Past. Vol 24: 2.

 

Publications

Teaching

I have taught, supervised and examined undergraduate and postgraduate subjects and courses in film, media, screen and communication across a range of fields including documentary, social media, visual communication and other interrelated moving image, media and communication disciplines.

As an advisor, I compiled the Reader for the undergraduate 4th year specialisation in Cineliteracy for the Japanese Institute of Moving Images introduced in 2013.

In my previous position as Associate Professor of Communication in the School of Communication & Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University (2009-2012), I was the Honours and Postgraduate Coordinator, taking a special interest in developing the professional practice research doctorate whose students I taught and supervised.

At UNSW, my HDR students are studying a range of screen topics that include: the education/entertainment nexusof contemporary television; feature film soundscapes; challenges to conventional patterns of film distribution and exibition; feminist reperesentation in TV animation series; sex,gender and power in the postfeminist romantic comedy feature film; the cultual inmpacts of Film Distribution; The fragmented self revealed through supernatural manifestations in Female Gothic cinema.

Honours and prizes

 

 

Professional contribution

Associate Editor: fusion, a peer-reviewed, open access, online international journal for the communication, creative industries and media arts disciplines. http://www.fusion-journal.com 
Series Editor: Australian Screen Classics.  http://www.currency.com.au/australian-screen-classics.aspx

In 2013 I chaired the Film Critics Circle of Australia film panel at the Melbourne International Film Festival and delivered the keynote lecture, ‘The Future for Visual Communication’, at the Intelligent Information Symposium, Sydney.

At moar recent Sydney Film Festivals I have introduced the films screening in the retrospectives for directors such as Bertolucci, Altman and Scorsese) and intoruced and interviewed numerous guest directors. I have been a judge for the ATOM film Awards, the Sydney Underground Film Festival and for the annual Film Critics Circle of Australia awards.

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For details of Australian Screen Classics of which I am the Series Editor, please see
Australian Screen Classics_Currency Press

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Selected Keynote, plenary and seminar lectures and papers

2012 "Aboriginal women films and filmmaking", Visiting Professor: Japanese Institute of
Moving Images

'Screen Literacy in Australia: Current and Future Practices and Trends' Keynote: Niigata
Cineliteracy Literacy Conference; Fukushima CineLiteracy Conference

Screen Literacy and English Teaching: A Matter of Affect. (With
Professor Bill Green) Keynote: AATE national conference

Digital Communication Technology in Literacy Learning: Towards a
New Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism: UWS research seminar series

2011 'Visual Culture, Literacy Learning: Towards a Pedagogy of 
Cosmopolitanism'. Keynote: Australian Studies Association in Japan 
Conference

2011 Media Literacy: From Multiculturalism to Transculturalism. Visiting Professor: Keio 
University

2010 Introduction to Graduation Address speaker, Mr Mervyn Bishop,
School of Communication & Creative Industries (CSU)

2010 Passing Through: Cinema’s Voluntary Vectors. Plenary: Film History
Association of Australia and New Zealand

2010 Expanding Horizons: Screen Literacy and Global Citizenship. 
Keynote: ASAJ/Fukushima University

2009 'Dare to Break the Rules.' Graduation Address: School of 
Communication, CSU

2008 Expanding our Horizons: Teaching and Using Documentaries.
Visual Literacies Conference, Keynote: NSWDET

2006 The Denigration of the Visual. Macquarie University (Guest)

2007 Cinema, Censorship and the Abject. Brisbane ARC Biennial
Conference

2003 The Concept of the Journey. Keynote: English Teachers Association Annual
HSC Conference

2001 Cinema and its Debt to Fine Art. Art Gallery of NSW