The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie – a 2-day symposium

David Bowie during the ‘Heroes’ album sessions. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita, 1977. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Masayoshi Sukita

David Bowie during the ‘Heroes’ album sessions. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita, 1977. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Masayoshi Sukita

The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie is a 2-day symposium that brings together artists, academics, and cultural commentators to reflect on the influences of and on David Bowie in rock, pop, film, art, fashion and performance.

When? 17th-18th of July @ ACMI.

Bowie’s cultural and artistic currency is presently at an all-time high with the release of his first album in almost a decade, The Next Day (2013), reviewed in The Independent as possibly “the greatest comeback album ever”.

The release of a series of momentous music videos that recall and reflect upon his artistic career, the record-breaking David Bowie is global exhibition tour, and the recently released ‘Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)’ from Nothing Has Changed (his forthcoming compilation album spanning 50 years of recorded work) continues to ensure David Bowie’s status as an agent of change and inspiration.

Experts in the field of Popular Culture, Celebrity and Media Studies will include Keynote speakers:

Professor Will Brooker, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University;
Dr Kathryn Johnson, Curator of David Bowie Is and Director’s Researcher, Victoria and Albert Museum;
Robert Foster (Songer-songwriter, author and founding member of the Go-Betweens).

Also featuring a number of national and international academics and art practitioners, the conference will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, performances and workshops.

The conference has been organised by ACMI, Sean Redmond and Toija Cinque from the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, and Angela Ndalianis from the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne.


Batman: 76 Years as a Transmedia Text – a free public lecture by Will Brooker

Batman: 76 Years as a Transmedia Text

Professor Will Brooker
Film and Television Department, Kingston University

Melbourne School of Design-B120 1 [Singapore theatre], University of Melbourne
1:00 to 2:30pm
Wednesday 15/07/2015

Free public lecture

Since 1940, one year after his inception, Batman has occupied multiple media texts: from 1943 onwards he has also existed across multiple media forms. This talk takes us through 76 years of Batman as a cross-platform cultural icon, tracing his journey from comics through newspaper strips and film serials to television, movies and video games. It argues that these different Batmen exist in a dialogue, rather than a simple process of adaptation, and explores the way in which they continue to inform each other, right up to the Arkham video games, the Gotham TV show and the forthcoming Batman v Superman blockbuster.

Will Brooker is Professor of Film and Cultural Studies and Head of the Film and Television Department at Kingston University, London. Professor Brooker’s work primarily studies popular cinema within its cultural context, situating it historically and in relation to surrounding forms such as literature, comic books, video games, television and journalism. In addition to the numerous essays and articles on film and fan culture that he has published, his books include Star Wars (2009),  Alice’s adventures: Lewis Carroll in popular culture (2004), Using the force: Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans (2002), and the edited anthologies The Blade Runner Experience (2004) and The Audience Studies Reader (2003).  He is also a  leading academic expert on Batman and the author/editor of several books on the topic, including Batman Unmasked (2000) Hunting the Dark Knight (2012) and Many More Lives of the Batman (in press, August 2015).

Professor Will Brooker’s public lecture is sponsored by the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne and the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.

For bookings go to:

Free screening of documentary film Lessons in Dissent, 10 March 2015, 4.30pm to 6.30pm – followed by discussion with director and writer Matthew Torne

Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 1.06.22 amFree screening of documentary film Lessons in Dissent, on 10 March 2015 (Tuesday), 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room (Room 106), The University of Melbourne (on Swanston St). Details of the film and event are included below.

Lessons in Dissent

Schoolboy Joshua Wong (nominated for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2014) dedicates himself to stopping the introduction of National Education, and a showdown with the government seems inevitable. Microphone in hand, and still in his school uniform, he leads 120,000 protesters into battle. Meanwhile, former classmate Ma Jai fights against political oppression on the streets and in the courts. Having dropped out of school and dedicated himself to the social movement, he endures the persecution suffered by those not lucky enough to be protected by the media’s glare.

Lessons in Dissent catapults the viewer onto the streets of Hong Kong and into the heart of the action: confronting the viewer with Hong Kong’s oppressive heat, stifling humidity and air thick with dissent. The film will be introduced by Shiau Ching Wong, who is writing her PhD thesis in the School of Culture and Communication on the anti-National Education movement in Hong Kong. The screening will be followed by a video-linked discussion with Matthew Torne, director and writer of the film, and Avery Ng, activist and Vice-Chairman of the League of Social Democrats, and moderated by Associate Professor Fran Martin.

This event is sponsored by the Screen & Cultural Studies Program, School of Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne, with support from the Research Unit in Public Cultures.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Fran Martin ( or Shiau Ching Wong (

We look forward to seeing you there!

Deakin-WIFT International Women’s Day Film & TV event at Deakin Edge 12 March 6.30pm

WIFT in partnership with Deakin will be hosting a screening of work by women Film & TV graduates from Deakin University (and the former Rusden college) for International Women’s Day.

Location: Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Date: 12th of March
Time: 6.30 – 10pm.
Cost: Free
Tickets: to secure free tickets:

There will be a Q&A after the screening and an opportunity to catch-up with former students with drinks and nibbles.

For all the event info:

Public lecture by Murray Pomerance: “Who Knew Too Much: Painful Indications and the Question of Sight” April 13 2015

Screen Cultures Research Lab Presents a Public lecture by Murray Pomerance: “Who Knew Too Much: Painful Indications and the Question of Sight”

While brilliantly and fascinatingly introducing analytical elements of a syndrome he calls “Intensive Continuity,” David Bordwell neglects to comment on an underlying substructure of this relatively new cinematic trend, the dependence on indication and indicativeness in the construction and reception of films. This talk explores indication and subjunctivity as possible modes of cinematic experience, with in-depth focus on three films of Hitchcock, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).

DATE: Monday 13 April, 2015
TIME: 17.30pm
VENUE: RMIT University
Swanston Street
Bldg 10, level 8, Room 4

Murray Pomerance

Mexico’s New Transnational Auteurs: Local/Global Cultural Dynamics

A free public lecture by

Marvin D’Lugo
Professor of Spanish and Screen Studies, Clark University

The recent international success of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim have altered the popular perception of Mexican cinema and perhaps even of Mexico itself. These three film auteurs are contemporary exemplars of Mexican cinema’s long-standing international aspirations. This talk will explore the local/global dynamics of these “three amigos” as well as lesser-known art-house directors—Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante—who have in recent years become the darlings of European film festivals.

Marvin D’Lugo is a Research Professor of Spanish and Screen Studies at Clark University (Worcester Massachusetts) and principal editor of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas. He is author of books on Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura (Princeton University Press, 1991), Guide to the Cinema of Spain (Greenwood, 1997), Pedro Almodóvar (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and co-editor of the Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). He is currently working on a book on Mexican Film Auteurs in Global Contexts, and co-editing a new critical anthology: The Routledge Companion to Latin-American Cinema (2016).

When:  Thursday, 12 March | 5:30-7:00pm

MacMahon Ball Theatre
Ground Floor, Old Arts Building
Parkville, The University of Melbourne

Admission is free.
Bookings are required.
Seating is limited.
Register at:

Contact: Jeremy Taylor in the School of Language and Linguistics at or phone 03 8344 4720.

Call for Papers – 2015 XVIIth Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) Conference in association with the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAANZ)

Date: Wednesday 1 July to Friday 3 July 2015
Place: Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane.
Deadline for abstract submission: Friday 27 February 2015

The 17th FHAANZ Conference invites papers and panel suggestions from scholars, archivists, educators, policymakers, filmmakers and post-graduate students on any aspect of screen studies and film history. Suggested topics for the 2015 conference include, but are not limited to:

Screen history
Australian cinema 1999 –2015
Realism and documentary
Digital media: online and mobile screen content, social media, digital distribution
Television aesthetics, genres and ethics
Sound and the screen
Screen theory and philosophy
Creative practice and production
Aesthetic cycles, genres, key thematic and stylistic concerns
Reimagining landscape
Production, distribution, exhibition, audiences
Screen education, industry frameworks and policy settings

Abstracts for individual papers and for pre-constituted panels (of up to four speakers) are welcomed on any of the conference themes listed above.

For papers, please submit an abstract of 150-200 words and a bio of 50 words for each presenter, using the abstract template.

For panel proposals please submit a proposal for a panel comprising 3-4 speakers (3 x 20 min or 4 x 15 min papers). Please provide a descriptive title for the panel, abstracts of 150-200 words each and a bio of 50 words for each presenter, using the panel proposal template.

Submissions closing soon! Deadline for abstracts Friday 27 February 2015

Best paper prize Organising Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 FHAANZ Best Paper Prize. Currency have offered a $200 book voucher to be used on any Currency Press print or ebook as a prize for the paper that best enhances the knowledge and understanding of cinema. To be in the running, submit your full paper (a maximum of 5,000 words) to by 1 June 2015. Notification of the winner will be announced at the conference. Selected conference papers will be published as a journal special issue with other publication opportunities also possible.

Paper format: double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman or Arial font.

Call for papers:
Open: Monday 27 October 2014
Close: Friday 27 February 2015
Presenters notified: Friday 27 March 2015
Full paper submissions: Monday 1 June 2015

Please submit your proposals to the following email address:

Refereed Publication
We anticipate publishing selected papers from the conference as a journal special issue, with other publication opportunities also possible.

The 2015 FHAANZ conference convenors are:
Mark Ryan and Ben Goldsmith (Queensland University of Technology).

For general conference enquires please send an email to