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  • Smaill, Belinda. Regarding Life: Animals and the Documentary Moving Image. SUNY Press, 2016. (forthcoming)
  • Khoo, Olivia, Belinda Smaill and Audrey Yue. Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas. Lexington Books (Imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group), 2013.
  • Smaill, Belinda. The Documentary: Politics, Emotion, Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Book Chapters

  • Smaill, Belinda. “The Documentary: Female Subjectivity and the Problem of Realism.” The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender. E. Ann Kaplan, Patrice Petro, Dijana Jelača, and Kristin Hole, (eds). London: Routledge, 2016. [Forthcoming]
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Ecological Relations and the Back of Beyond: Australian Documentary, the Human and the Wildlife Webcam.”A Companion to Australian Cinema. Felicity Collins, Jane Landman and Susan Bye (eds.). London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. [Forthcoming]
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Darwin’s Nightmare and The Cove: Emotion and Political Documentary.” Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology and Film. Alexa Weik von Mossner (Ed.). Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Teaching Australian Television Studies.” After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image. Julia Vassilieva and Con Verevis (Eds.). London: Routledge, 2012.  [Reprint]
  • Smaill, Belinda.“Asia Pacific Modernities: Youth and Media Locations.” Youth, Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region. Usha M. Rodrigues and Belinda Smaill (Eds). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.

Edited Books and Journal Issues

  • Therese Davis, Belinda Smaill and Patricia White (Eds). “The Place of the Contemporary Female Director.” Camera Obscura 85 (2014).
  • Olivia Khoo, Belinda Smaill and Audrey Yue (Eds). “Asian Australian Cinema.” Special Issues of Studies in Australasian Cinema 2:2 and 2:3 (2008).
  • Rodrigues, Usha M. and Belinda Smaill (Eds). Youth, Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Smaill, Belinda.Beatriz’s War: Female Subjectivity, Cinema, the World and Timor-Leste.” Unfinished Business; A Special Issue of Australian Humanities Review. 2017 (forthcoming)
  • Smaill, Belinda. “New Food Documentary: Animals, Identification and the Citizen Consumer.” Film Criticism 39.2 (2015)
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Tasmanian Tigers and Polar Bears: The Documentary Moving Image and Species Loss.” NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies (Spring 2015). Online. View article.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Documentary Film and Animal Modernity in Raw Herring and Sweetgrass.” Australian Humanities Review 57 (2014). Online
  • Smaill, Belinda.A Death in the Asia Pacific: Three Documentaries by Annie Goldson.” Studies in Documentary Film 8.1 (2014).
  • Smaill, Belinda.“Promoting Australia: Post-war Documentary and Asia.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 2014.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “The Male Sojourner, the Female Director and Popular European Cinema: The Worlds of Susanne Bier.” Camera Obscura 85 (2014): 5-31.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Sofia Coppola: Reading the Director.” Feminist Media Studies 13.1 (2013): 148-162.
  • Smaill, Belinda. ” Asianness and Aboriginality in Australian Cinema.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 30.1 (2013): 89-102.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Cinema Against the Age: Feminism and Contemporary Documentary.” Screening the Past 34 (2012).
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Asian Australian Intercultural Domesticity in Aya and The Home Song Stories.Journal of Australian Studies 35.1 (2011): 19-32.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “History, Feminism and Documentary Time: Gillian Armstrong’s Documentary Series.” Metro 167 (2010): 102-107.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Teaching Australian Television Studies.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 24.5 (2010): 805-809.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Intercultural Romance and Australian Cinema: Asia and Australia in The Home Song Stories and Mao’s Last Dancer.” Screening the Past 28 (2010).
  • Smaill, Belinda. “The Documentaries of Kim Longinotto: Women, Change and Painful Modernity.” Camera Obscura 71 (2009): 43-74.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Documentary Investigations and the Female Porn Star.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 51 (2009).
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Affective Authorship: Contemporary Asian Australian Documentary.” Studies in Australasian Cinema 2.2 (2008): 157-170.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Loss and Transformation: Mourning and The Finished People.” Journal of Film and Video 59:3 (2007): 32-45.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Injured Identities: Pain, Politics and Documentary.” Studies in Documentary Film 1.2 (2007): 151-163.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Diasporic Subjectivity in Contemporary Australian Documentary: Travel, History and the Televisual Representation of Trauma.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 20.2 (2006): 269-283.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Three Australian Documentaries: Diaspora and Subjectivity.” Post Script: Essays in Film and Humanities 24.2/3 (2005): 23-35.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Commissioning Difference? The Case of SBS Independent and Documentary.” Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy 107 (2003): 105-116.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Narrating Community: Multiculturalism and Australia’s SBS Television.” The Journal of Communication Inquiry 26.4 (2002): 391-407.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Disorientations: Sadness, Mourning and the Unhomely.” Journal of Australian Studies 73 (2002): 161-169.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “Filmic Encounters: The Indigenous Struggles on Film Festival.” Metro, 134 (2002): 136-141.
  • Smaill, Belinda. “SBS Documentary and Unfinished Business.” Metro,126 (2001): 34-40.

Reviews and Commentary

“Review of Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier.” Screening the Past, 29 (2011).

“Review of Diasporas of Australian Cinema.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 25:01 (2011) 132-134

“The Cowra Breakout.” Making Film and Television Histories. Bennett, J. & Beirne, R. (eds.). New York; Palgrave MacMillan, 2011. 133-137.

“An Understated Approach: Telling Truths in The Tall Man.” Metro 169 (2011): 48-51.

“Scenes from Abu Ghraib: Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure.” Metro Magazine 157 (2008): 82-85.

“Interview with Kim Longinotto.” Studies in Documentary Film 1:2 (2007): 151-163.

“Passion and Politics in Documentary Film.” Arena Magazine April/May 2006.