Dr Jodi Brooks

Senior Lecturer
School of the Arts & Media


+61 2 9385 5635
+61 2 9385 6812
231H, Level 2 Robert Webster
Kensington Campus


    Book Chapters

    • Brooks J, 2017, 'Gender matters: Gender policy and the rewriting of the mother-daughter narrative in contemporary Australian women’s filmmaking', in Australian Screen in the 2000s, pp. 143 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48299-6_7
    • Brooks J, 2015, 'Laurel Canyon: Lacuscular Cinema', in Perkins C; Verevis C (ed.), US Independent Filmmaking After 1989: Possible Films,eds. Claire Perkins and Constantine Verevis, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 133 - 148
    • Brooks J, 2013, '"Invisibility's Beat: Ralph Ellison, Rhythm, and Cinema's Blind Field', in Hoogstad, JH (ed.), Off Beat: Pluralizing Rhythm, edn. Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race, Rodopi, Amsterdam - New York, NY, pp. 149 - 168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789401208871_011
    • Brooks J, 2011, 'The State of the Discipline: Film Studies as Bad Object', in Vassilieva J; Verevis C (ed.), After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image, edn. Original, Routledge, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415679268/
    • Brooks J, 2004, ''Worrying the Note': inaudible beats in the gangsta film', in Drobnick J (ed.), Aural Cultures, edn. Original, YYZ Books, Toronto, pp. 157 - 168
    • Brooks J, 1999, 'Performing aging/performance crisis for Norma Desmond, Baby Jane, Margo Channing, Sister George - and Myrtle', in Figuring age: women, bodies, generations, edn. Original, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana USA, pp. 232 - 247
    • Brooks J, 1999, 'Crisis and the everyday: some thoughts on gesture and crisis in Cassavetes and Benjamin', in Falling for you: essays on cinema and performance, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, Australia, pp. 73 - 104
    • Brooks J, 1995, 'Between Contemplation and Distraction: Cinema, Obsession & Involuntary Memory', in Jayamanne L (ed.), Kiss Me Deadly: Feminism and Cinema for the Moment, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, pp. 77 - 90

    Journal articles

    • Brooks J, 2014, 'The kids are all right, the pursuits of happiness, and the spaces between', Camera Obscura, vol. 29, pp. 111 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/02705346-2408534
    • Brooks J;Davis T, 2012, 'Untimely Cinema: Cinema Out of Time', Screening the Past, vol. 34, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2012/08/untimely-cinema-cinema-out-of-time/
    • Brooks J, 2012, 'Missed Beats: Unseen Cinema and a Cinema of the Unseen (or Stella Dallas, Again)', Screening the Past, vol. 34, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2012/08/missed-beats-unseen-cinema-and-a-cinema-of-the-unseen-or-stella-dallas-again/
    • Brooks J, 2011, 'Cinema, Disappearance, and Scale in David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006)', Screening the Past, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2011/07/cinema-disappearance-and-scale-in-david-lynch%E2%80%99s-inland-empire-2/
    • Brooks J, 2010, 'Teaching bad objects: Introduction', CONTINUUM-JOURNAL OF MEDIA & CULTURAL STUDIES, vol. 24, pp. 787 - 789, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2010.505941
    • Brooks J, 2010, 'The state of the discipline: Film studies as bad object', Continuum, vol. 24, pp. 791 - 797, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2010.505942
    • Brooks J, 2007, 'The Lure of the Breach: Invisibility and the Dissolution of Cinematic Vision', Screening the Past, vol. 22, pp. Online
    • Brooks J, 2006, 'The last `Darky`: Bert williams, black-on-black minstrelsy, and the African diaspora.', Screening the Past, vol. 20, pp. online
    • Brooks J, 2003, 'Ghosting the machine: The sounds of tap and the sounds of film', Screen, vol. 44, pp. 355 - 378
    • Brooks J, 2003, 'Ghosting the machine: The sounds of tap and the sounds of film (African-American tap dance styles and Hollywood cinema)', SCREEN, vol. 44, pp. 355 - 403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/screen/44.4.355
    • Brooks J, 2003, 'Jodi Brooks reviews Arthur Knight, Disintergrating the musical: black performance and American musical film', Screening the Past, vol. Issue
    • Brooks J, 2003, 'Ghosting the machine: the sounds of tap and the sounds of film', Screen, vol. 44, pp. 355 - 378
    • Brooks J, 2001, ''Worrying the note': Mapping time in the gangsta film', Screen, vol. 42, pp. 363 - 381, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/screen/42.4.363
    • Brooks J, 2001, 'Performing aging / performance crisis (for Norma Desmond, Baby Jane, Margo Channing, Sister George and Myrtle)', Senses of Cinema, vol. 16, pp. On the internet
    • Brooks J, 2001, 'The sound of knocking: Jacques Becker`s Le trou', Screening the Past, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 13
    • Brooks J, 2000, 'Jonathan Crary, suspensions of perception: spectacle, and modern culture', Screening the Past, vol. 11
    • Brooks J, 1998, 'The force of the image', UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing, pp. 180 - 187
    • Brooks J, 1997, 'Rituals of the Filmic Body', Writings on Dance, vol. 17, pp. 15 - 29
    • Brooks J, 1989, '"Consumed by Cinematic Monstrosity"', Art & Text, vol. 34, pp. 79 - 94

Teaching and Supervision

I teach the following courses in the Film Studies major:


Current PhD supervisions

  • Caroline Grose "Child/adult pairings in contemporary screen fictions."
  • Jessica Ford "(Re)Historicising contemporary American feminist-postfeminist television and discourses on quality in the postnetwork era"
  • Kate Johnson, "Queer life documented on screen in Australian short film, 1970-1990."

Recent PhD and MA thesis completions

  • Dr Jessica Ford, "American Feminist Sensibiltity Television in the Post-Network Era" (PhD 2017).
  • Dr Rodney Wallis "The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Hollywood Cinema: the Middle East, the Cold War, and the construction of United States political identity" (PhD, 2016)
  • Dr Annette Barnes, "The Soundtracks of Australian Transcultural Cinema: re-sounding the past" (PhD, 2014)
  • Dr Megan Carrigy, "Performing History, troubling reference: tracking the screen re-enactment" (PhD, 2011). Awarded the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences PhD prize.
  • Dr Caroline Wake, "Performing Witness: Testimonial Theatre in the Age of Asylum, Australia 2000-2005" (PhD, 2010), joint supervised with Dr Meg Mumford.
  • Dr Effie Rassos “Questions of temporal presence and absence in comtemporary film and video” (PhD, 2006)
  • Dr Teresa Rizzo “From the cinematic apparatus to cinematic assemblages: a feminist intervention” (PhD, 2005).
  • Dr Erin Brannigan “A cinema of movement: Dance and the moving image” (PhD, 2004).
  • Dr Tara Forrest “The politics of imagination in Benjamin, Kracauer, and Kluge” (PhD, 2005, awarded the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences PhD prize).
  • Dr Deborah Staines “Representations of Auschwitz” (PhD, 2002).
  • Tara Forrest “Habitual Perception and Film” (MA, 2000)

Honours and prizes

FASS Dean's Learning & Teaching Award (2014) for Outstanding Track Record in Higher Degree Research Supervision.

ARC Postgraduate Council Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award (2014)

Screen Award for Excellence in Screen Studies (UK, 2002). http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/screen/award.html

Humanities Research Program Dissertation Award, 1998, University of New South Wales for thesis: Benjamin for Girls: Cinema, Spectatorship, Fascination”

Engagement and Professional contributions

Member of the Film Advisory Panel, Sydney International Film Festival.

Vice-President (Australia), Screen Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (SSAAANZ)

Member of the Sydney Film Festival Film Advisory Panel.

Related links

Other information


Humanities Research Program (UNSW) Teaching Release Award, 2002
Small ARC Grant, 2000: “Black Popular Music in Hollywood Cinema.”
Small ARC Grant, 1999: "Mapping the Ghetto and Urban Space in the Contemporary Gangsta Film."
Small ARC Grant, 1996-7 (Melbourne University): "Aging Women in Cinema: Performance Crisis."
Special Initiatives Grant (Melbourne University) 1995-6: "Performing Aging."

Conference convening
“Time, Memory, and the Moving Image.” One-day conference, UNSW (2005), co-convened with Prof. Paula Hamilton (UTS)
“Cinema and the Senses.” International film conference, UNSW 1998. Co-convened with Dr Laleen Jayamanne (USyd) and Dr George Kouvaros (UNSW)