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.

Her research interests are varied and Belinda has published on a wide range of topics including multicultural television, diasporic and transnational cinema, the cultural politics of documentary cinema and Australian film and television. Her research has consistently been driven by an interest in the politics of subjectivity and how these relate to broader formations of publicness, history and representation.

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  • 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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