Associate Professor Belinda Smaill

PhD (Monash University), BA Hons (University of Canterbury), BFA (University of Canterbury)

Belinda Smaill is an Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies. She completed her PhD at Monash University in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Belinda grew up in New Zealand and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (American Studies) at Canterbury University in Christchurch.

Belinda has published on a wide range of topics including multicultural television, diasporic and transnational cinema, the cultural politics of documentary cinema and women and cinema. In recent years her research has explored documentary media concerned with the politics of the environment and animals. She is the author of The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture (2010), Regarding Life: Animals and the Documentary Moving Image (2016) and the co-author of Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas. (2013). Belinda’s research has appeared in a range of international journals including Camera Obscura, Jump Cut, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Film Criticism, Studies in Documentary Film, NECSUS: European Journal of Women Media Studies and Feminist Media Studies.

Professional Affiliations

Editorial Appointments
Member of the advisory board for the journal Studies in Documentary Film (Taylor & Francis, U.K.).

Member of the Editorial Board for the international series of monographs, Documentary Film Cultures (Peter Lang, Switzerland).


Research Networks
Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand:

Member of the Australasian Animal Studies Association:

Member of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture,
Australia New Zealand:

Member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies:


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