Melbourne University members

DSC03479.jpgJessica Balanzategui is a doctoral candidate at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She has taught film, literature and media studies at James Cook University and The University of Melbourne. Jessica’s thesis explores the construction of uncanny child characters in a recent assemblage of transnational horror films from America, Spain and Japan. She has published work on horror media and transnational cinema in refereed journals such as Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, etropic, and Media International Australia, in an edited collection published by InterDiscplinary.Press and forthcoming collections published by McFarland and Palgrave Macmillan. She recently co-edited the special issue of Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media titled “Transmedia Horror”.

Lauren Bliss is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, researching the figuration of pregnancy in cinema. Her work has been published in Un Magazine, Discipline, Screening the Past, and Arena. She is a regular contributor to international film magazine

Kim DoyleKim Doyle is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the materiality of digital textuality and the way screen culture remediates print culture. She has authored two minor theses as part of her Honours and Masters degrees on Australian news media discourse and Social Media and the Arab Spring. She has had a journal article accepted for publication in Platform: Journal of Media and Communication and delivered a paper at the symposium “Doing Cultural Studies: Interrogating ‘Practice’”.

TDWYER_02Dr Tessa Dwyer teaches Screen Studies at the University of Melbourne, specialising in language diversity within global media. Her research covers screen histories, media fandom and fansubbing, audiovisual translation, media access, voice/accents, screen text and titling, media piracy and censorship. She is a member of the Melbourne-based research group Eye Tracking and the Moving Image (ETMI) and is currently writing a book on error and screen translation. Tessa is the former director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne’s leading photo-based arts venue.

Felicity FordFelicity Ford is a PhD candidate in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research is primarily concerned with disruptions to the cinematic form particularly in relation to sound, vision and movement. She is president of the graduate cinema reading group, The Light Trap ( and has published work for The Conversation and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Dan GoldingDan Golding recently submitted his PhD and is a sessional lecturer and coordinator in the Screen Studies program at the University of Melbourne. He researches and teaches in the fields of videogame studies, digital media, Hollywood cinema, and film music. He is also the director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival (, and works as a freelance journalist, having had work published in ABC Arts, Metro Magazine, Crikey, The Guardian, Meanjin, and The Walkley Magazine. Dan is currently making a radio documentary on the history of games for Radio National. Dan is also the co-founder and editor of Press Select Publishing (

Stephanie HannonStephanie Hannon: I am a PhD candidate at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. My PhD project is exploring how screen-based media installations affect the perception and experience of public space. I am looking at existing practices of screen spectatorship and how these inform contemporary approaches to public screen viewing. My research contributes to contemporary debates on the role of public spectatorship as a civic practice and the extent to which audiencehood is equivalent to citizenship in contemporary mediated public space.

Samuel HarveySamuel Harvey is a PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne. His thesis, Rococo Film Aesthetics and the Sinuous Cinema of Sofia Coppola, explores how the eighteenth-century decorative style of the rococo has emerged in contemporary film, as particularly evident in the work of director Sofia Coppola. Harvey is interested in film aesthetics, and his work primarily explores the more sensuous, emotional, and empathetic aspects of film. In particular, Harvey is concerned with the synaesthetic aspects of film spectatorship, and how the moving image inspires our complete sensorium. Further research interests include architecture, fashion and film, animation, and the construction of the moving image.

Wendy HaslemWendy Haslem teaches, researches and publishes on the intersections of film history and new media. In the Screen Studies program at Melbourne University, Wendy coordinates subjects including: Introduction to Cinema Studies, Film Noir: History and Sexuality, Censorship – Film, Art, Media and Film, Art & Exhibition. Her research includes: Gothic film, film noir, cinema of the 1950s, Atomic culture, trauma cinema, censorship, Japanese film, Australian film culture and industry. Wendy is also interested in the impact of new forms of exhibition on the archive. She is the author of ‘A Charade of Innocence and Vice’: Hollywood Gothic Films of the 1940s (2009) and she is a co-editor for the anthology Super/Heroes: From Hercules to Superman (2007). She is currently researching the intersections between pre-cinema and early film experiments and digital media for her book Spectral Projections: From Méliès to New Media.

Ilona HongistoDr. Ilona Hongisto is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Turku (Finland) and an Honorary Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (Australia). Her research cuts across documentary cinema, philosophies of fabulation, media theory and geopolitics, most recently in a project on post-Soviet Eastern European documentary cinema. Hongisto approaches cinema and screen cultures from the point of view of new materialism and focuses on the ways in which documentary media capture and express realities to come. She is particularly interested in storytelling as a material practice that contributes to the conditions and potentials of the future. This interest ties in with a research focus on film festivals and cultural policy. In addition to the geopolitical dimension of film festivals, Hongisto elaborates on the festival circuit as a harbinger of ‘future aesthetics’. Her monograph Soul of the Documentary: Expression and the Capture of the Real is forthcoming from Amsterdam University Press in 2015.

Dion KaganDion Kagan is a writer and researcher on film, TV, sex and popular culture. He lectures in Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at Melbourne University and has written reviews and commentary for Australian Book Review, The Big Issue, Metro and Kill Your Darlings. His book, Positive Images: Gay Men & HIV/AIDS in the Culture of ‘Post-Crisis’, is forthcoming in 2015 from the I. B. Tauris Gender and Popular Culture Monograph series. Dion currently writes a regular queer column for The Lifted Brow and is a regular voice on fortnightly culture podcast The Rereaders ( He tweets @DionKagan.

TLomaxphotoTara Lomax is a PhD Candidate in Screen Studies at The University of Melbourne. Her research employs Deleuzian concepts of multiplicity and rhizomes to examine the heterogeneous conditions of franchise cinema, with a focus on the intersections between the cinematic text and the franchise form. She has research interests in Sequels/Seriality, Deleuze in Cinema and New Auteurism (particularly the work of George Lucas and Joss Whedon); she also has other interests in Critical Animal Studies in Cinema, with specific work on the Hannibal Lecter franchise. Tara is currently a sessional tutor, teaching the unit Hollywood and Entertainment, and is also a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, The University of Sydney and La Trobe University.  — Twitter: @tj_lomax  — Email:

Craig Martin

Craig Martin is a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne. His thesis focuses on the history of the evil child in film. Craig completed his Masters degree at La Trobe University with a thesis analysing the carnivalesque nature of the evil child in film. He is published in Red Feather Journal and Screening the Past and has contributed essays to the books Kid Power! and Children in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Jade Rosina McCutcheonJade Rosina McCutcheon is currently engaged in a PhD in film studies after more than thirty years in theatre. Past research revolves around actor training, consciousness, the relationship between the actor and the audience and theatre as a tool of communication. Jade is interested in feminist film theory, shamanism, art and culture, and the work of Clément and Cixous. She presently lives in Oregon, attending film classes taught by Jon Lewis and directing productions for Oregon State University. Her website is:

Angela NdalianisAngela Ndalianis is Professor in Screen Studies at Melbourne University. Her research interests include: film history and theory; genre studies, with expertise in the horror and science fiction genres; entertainment media and media histories; the contemporary entertainment industry and the convergence of films, video games, television, comic books and theme parks. Her current research explores the important role played by entertainment media in the advancement of robotics. Her publications include Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment (MIT Press 2004), Science Fiction Experiences (New Academia 2010), The Horror Sensorium; Media and the Senses (McFarland 2012) and The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero (editor, Routledge 2008). She is currently completing two books — Batman: Myth and Superhero (Rutgers UP) and Robots and Entertainment Culture — has published numerous essays in refereed journals and anthologies, and is editor of the refereed journal Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media. For further information you can visit her website.

Mark NichollsDr Mark Nicholls is Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne where he has taught film since 1993. He is the author of Lost Objects of Desire: The Performances of Jeremy Irons for Berghahn Books (2012), Scorsese’s Men: Melancholia and the Mob, Pluto and Indiana University Press (2004), and recently published chapters and articles on Italian Art and Film in the Cold War (Third Text), Mad Men (Refractory) Martin Scorsese (Film Quarterly, Palgrave Macmillan, Blackwell & Cambridge), Luchino Visconti (QRFV) and Shakespeare in film (JFV). Mark is a film journalist and worked for many years on ABC Radio and for The Age newspaper, for which he wrote a weekly film column between 2007 and 2009. Mark has an extensive list of stage credits as a playwright, performer, producer and director.

Radha O'MearaDr Radha O’Meara is Lecturer in Screenwriting in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has studied in Australia, the USA and Germany and taught at universities in Australia and New Zealand. Radha currently teaches Writing for Screen and Advanced Screenwriting. She has created fiction and non-fiction for film, video, television and new media. Her critical research concentrates on serial narrative form in contemporary film and television. She has published on soap operas, superheroes and cat videos.

Tinonee PymTinonee Pym is currently completing an MA by Research in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Her thesis looks at racism and affective politics in contemporary Australian public broadcast television.

Alex ScarlataAlexa Scarlata: I’m currently 6 months into my PhD in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. I am interested in the informal and digital distribution of television content, media piracy and the political economy of transnational programming. My PhD will look at the introduction and take-up of television streaming services in Australia over the next year and examine the impact of this new distribution platform on the traditional broadcast paradigm.