Film and Television Studies Research at UQ

The University of Queensland’s School of Communication and Arts boasts one of the strongest research profiles in Film and Television Studies in all of Australasia, as demonstrated by our record of success in the Australian Research Council’s 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (4), publishing in the field’s top Film and Television Studies journals and lists, attracting major external funding, and graduating HDR students.

Our team comprises four continuing teaching and research academics, a post-doctoral research fellow, an honorary research associate, and 15 enrolled HDR candidates.

Please have a look at our recent successes, listed below, and click through to see the profiles of individual researchers.

Journal Articles Published Since 2010

Cinema Journal, Screen, Television and New Media, Cultural Studies, Adaptation, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Film Criticism, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image Media International Australia, Studies in European Cinema, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Critical Studies in Television, Continuum, Convergence, Celebrity Studies, Refractory, Screening the Past, Senses of Cinema, Lola, International Journal of Cultural Studies, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Studies in Australasian Cinema, Journal of Australasian Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Architectural Theory Review, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, British Journal of Aesthetics, Journal of Literary Theory, Journal of Screenwriting, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, The Brecht Yearbook, Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur

Books Published Since 2010

  • David Milch (Manchester University Press, Forthcoming)
  • Screen Performance and Special Effects in Popular Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2017)
  • Appreciating the Art of Television: A Philosophical Perspective (Taylor & Francis, 2017)
  • Breaking Bad and Dignity: Unity and Fragmentation in the Serial Television Drama (Palgrave, 2015)
  • Cognitive Media Theory (Routledge, 2014)
  • Television Aesthetics and Style (Bloomsbury, 2013)
  • A Philosophy of the Screenplay (Routledge, 2013)
  • Politics as Form in Lars von Trier: A Post-Brechtian Reading (Bloomsbury, 2013)
  • Deadwood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • Personality Presenters: Television’s Intermediaries with Viewers (Ashgate, 2011)
  • Pockets of Change: Adaptation and Cultural Transition (Lexington, 2011)
  • Rating the Audience: The Business of Media (Bloomsbury, 2011)
  • Local Hollywood: Global Film Production and the Gold Coast (UQ Press, 2010)

Major External Grants Completed or Ongoing Since 2010

  • The Persistence of Television: How the Medium Adapts to Survive in the Digital World (2013-2016)
  • Media Transformation in its Australian and International Contexts (ARC Discovery Project, 2012-2015)
  • A Cultural Atlas of Australia: Mediated Spaces in Theatre, Film, and Literature (ARC Discovery Project, 2010-2013)
  • Worldwide: The History of the Commercial Arm of the BBC (ARC Discovery Project, 2009-2012)


HDR Projects

HDR Completions Since 2010

  • "Film Phenomenology and Adaptation: Words Made Flesh" (PhD 2017)
  • "Docucharacters: Public Figures as Characters in Film, Television and Fandom" (PhD 2017)
  • "The New World of Wrestling Entertainment: American Professional Wrestling in the Post-Broadcast Era" (PhD 2017)
  • "Body of a Woman, Heart of a King: Female Power in Recent Historical Queen Television Dramas" (MPhil, 2015) 
  • “Blown on the Wind: The Interaction of Policy, Genre, Funding, and Reception in Iranian National Cinema, 2000-2013” (PhD, 2015)
  • “Profoundly Disturbing: The Aesthetics of Violence and the Everyday in European Art Cinema” (PhD, 2014)
  • “Creating Heritage in the Australian Historical Miniseries 1978-1995” (PhD, 2014)
  • “Queens, Dames, and Blokes in Frocks: Redressing Transgender in Australian Television and Film” (PhD, 2014)
  • “Femmes, Filles, and Hommes: Postfeminism and the Fatal(e) Figure in Contemporary American Film Noir” (PhD, 2014)
  • “New Queer Cinema and the Queer Parodic” (PhD, 2013)
  • “Bigger on the Inside: Managing Multiple Representations in Long-Running Texts” (PhD, 2013)
  • “Crisis and Continuity: Film Criticism as a Cultural Institution” (PhD, 2013)
  • “The Representation of Prison and Prisoners in Long Running Fictional Television Programs” (PhD, 2013)
  • Breaking Bad and Dignity: Possibilities of Character in the Television Fiction Series” (MPhil, 2013)
  • “New Media and Minors: The Production Ecology of Australian Children’s Television From 2006-11” (PhD, 2012)
  • “Classical Music Networks: Creative Industry, Community, and the Arts in Australia” (PhD, 2011)
  • “Contemporary Television Spaces, Power Dynamics and Constructions of Identity in Prison Break” (PhD, 2011)

Current Areas of Supervision Expertise

  • film and television aesthetics and criticism
  • film and television theory – in particular classical film theory, feminist film theory, phenomenological film theory, cognitive film theory, and spatial theory,
  • film and television history
  • film and television production studies
  • authorship in film and television
  • national film and television– in particular Australian cinema and British television
  • screen performance and star studies
  • popular film and television
  • avant-garde film
  • cult film and television
  • history and theory of visual effects
  • film and television comedy
  • animation studies
  • film and philosophy / philosophy of film – in particular ethics and aesthetics
  • history and theory of screenwriting