Research

In the Excellence in Research for Australia exercise undertaken by the Australian Research Council in 2010, 2012 and 2015, UNSW was the only university on each occasion to receive the highest possible ranking of 5 for the disciplinary group Film, Television and Digital Media. Our major concentrations of expertise include film and critical theory, American independent cinema, comedy, film performance, allegory in film, documentary, and a range of national and regional cinemas (South-East Asian, Australian, Russian, German, Iranian, French, and Italian).

Our researchers frequently publish in top international presses and journals and are highly successful in the annual Australian Research Council’s Discovery Grant scheme, with recent grants including Robert Frank: Experimentation Across Film and Photography in Post-War America; Film as Philosophy: What is Cinematic Thinking and William Faulkner Between Cinema and Literature.

Our scholars regularly present at key international conferences, and provide expert commentary across a number of fields (including DVD commentaries). Our vibrant research culture includes collaboration across staff, postgraduate and Honours students, and is manifest in a regular schedule of visiting speakers, research seminars, staff-led reading groups, workshops and symposia, as well as major conferences.

We have recently appointed two post-doctoral fellowships in Film and Theatre.

Recent publications by Film Studies staff include:

  • George Kouvaros, Awakening the Eye: Robert Frank’s American Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)
  • Jane Mills, Loving and Hating Hollywood: Reframing Global and Local Cinemas (Allen and Unwin, 2009)
  • Michelle Langford, Allegorical Images: Tableau, Time and Gesture in the Cinema of Werner Schroeter (Intellect Books, 2006)
  • Greg Dolgopolov, “The Petrov Affair: An ambivalent migrant narrative,” Studies in Australasian Cinema Vol. 5, No. 2 (2011)
  • Lisa Trahair, The Comedy of Philosophy: Sense and Nonsense in Early Cinematic Slapstick (SUNY, 2007)
  • Julian Murphet, Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American Avant-Garde (Cambridge UP, 2009)
  • Jodi Brooks, “Ghosting the Machine: The sounds of tap and the sounds of film,” Screen 44.4 (Winter 2003): 355-378. Awarded the Screen Award (UK) for Excellence in Screen Studies for 2002/2003.

UNSW Film Studies has an ongoing partnership with the Sydney Film Festival, involving visits, symposia and talks from a number of members of staff.