Swinburne University members

Liam Burke

Liam Burke is a screen and media studies lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. He is the coordinator of Swinburne’s Cinema and Screen Studies Major, which he established in 2014. He is also the Media Discipline Leader. His research interests include: Screen Adaptation, Audience Studies, Irish Cinema, Comics Studies, and Transmedia Storytelling. The University Press of Mississippi published Liam’s latest book, The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre, in early 2015. His past books include the Superhero Movies and the edited collection Fan Phenomena Batman. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Liam was the BA with Film Studies Coordinator at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was the programmer of the inaugural John Ford Ireland – Film Symposium in 2012. 

Jock GivenJock Given is Professor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research. He researches, writes and teaches about media and communications policy, business, law and history. His work has been published in Studies in Australasian Cinema, Telecommunications Policy, the Journal of Information Policy, Business History, Media History and the Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television. His radio documentaries ‘Crawfords: Television for the People’ and ‘Empire State: Ernest Fisk and the World Wide Wireless’ were first broadcast by ABC Radio National’s Hindsight program in 2014 and 2012. Jock is chair of the editorial board of Media International Australia and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Digital Television. He previously worked as Director of the Communications Law Centre, Policy Advisor at the Australian Film Commission and Director, Legislation and Industry Economics in the federal Department of Transport and Communications.

DDan Goldingan Golding is a screen and media studies lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. His research interests include videogame studies, genealogies of screen media, Hoollywood cinema, and film music. He is also the director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival (freeplay.net.au), and works as a freelance journalist, and has had work published at ABC Arts, Crikey, The Guardian, Meanjin, and The Walkley Magazine. He is also a contributing editor for ATOM’s Metro Magazine. Dan also wrote, presented, and edited a radio documentary ‘A Brief History of Video Games’ which was broadcast on ABC Radio National in 2015, which was later highly commended at the annual Australian IT Journalism awards. Before joining Swinburne, Dan was a sessional lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Screen Studies program, where he received his PhD.

AlexaAlexandra Heller-Nicholasndra Heller-Nicholas is the author of Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study (2011), Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality (2014), and a book on Dario Argento’s Suspiria is due for a late 2015 release as part of Auteur’s Devil’s Advocates series. Alex is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University.

RamRoman Lobatoon Lobato is a Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research. His research focuses on screen distribution – how film and TV texts circulate, legally or otherwise. Ramon is currently undertaking a three-year ARC DECRA project exploring how Australians are using video streaming services. He also has a special interest in the practices and politics of media piracy. He has published three books: Shadow Economies of Cinema: Mapping Informal Film Distribution (BFI 2012), The Informal Media Economy (Polity 2015, with Julian Thomas), and the co-edited collection Amateur Media: Social, Cultural and Legal Perspectives (Routledge 2012). This year he will be working on a new co-edited collection about international geoblocking circumvention, Geoblocking and Global Video Culture, to be published with Institute of Network Cultures.

ClClaudy Op den Kampaudy Op den Kamp is a postdoctoral research fellow at Swinburne Law School. She recently finished a PhD at the University of Plymouth investigating the relationship between access to archival film, copyright ownership and film historiography. She is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam (Film and Television Studies) and holds a Masters in Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia. She has worked as Haghefilm Conservation’s Account Manager in Amsterdam; as a Film Restoration Project Leader at the then Nederlands Filmmuseum and as a senior research assistant at the Department of Film Studies at the University of Zurich.

Marilyn Tofler lectures in film and television at Swinburne University and convenes Scriptwriting and Directing: Short Film Production and Hollywood Cinema. Marilyn has previously lectured at VCA, RMIT and Open Channel. Marilyn is currently researching best practice in narrative comedy television series project development. She has published ‘Gals Who Make the Jokes: Feature Film Screenwriting for the Satirical Female Voice’ in C Batty Screenwriters and Screenwriting, (2014). Marilyn’s creative interests include writing and producing film and television comedy featuring strong female characters. Marilyn co-created and wrote the critically acclaimed television comedy series, ‘Whatever Happened to That Guy?’ for Foxtel Comedy Channel. She has assessed film and television scripts and series proposals both locally and in the United States.