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:

  • A new book written jointly by Olivia Khoo, Belinda Smaill and Audrey Yue. This is the first study to chart the cinematic relations between Asia and Australia over the 20th century.   Synopsis: To date, there has been little sustained attention given to the historical cinema relations between Australia and Asia. This is a significant omission given ... Read more
  • The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture is a book that proposes that emotions such as pleasure, hope, pain, empathy or nostalgia play a powerful role in the circulation and reception of documentaries. Emotion shapes how political issues and individuals are represented and perceived in documentary and it is crucial to how we engage with the ... Read more


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