After teaching literature at Monash and Melbourne Universities, and taking a Post-graduate Diploma in Film Studies at University College London, I established Film Studies courses in the Dept of Visual Arts at Monash.
In the 1980s, for seven years I was honorary company secretary of the Melbourne International Film Festival, and in this capacity set up links between the Indonesian film world and Australian film festivals and filmmakers. I was the editor of Film in South East Asia: Views from the Region (Hanoi: SEAPAVAA and the Vietnam Film Institute, 2001).
I have successfully supervised half a dozen PhDs, on a wide variety of topics; done translations for subtitles for more than a dozen Indonesian films; initiated several film preservation projects; and, in addition to teaching, supervision and research work at Monash, am currently curator of ‘Between Three Worlds DVD’ (a division of the MAI Press) that distributes South East Asian films internationally.
At Monash I have taught film form, film history, documentary film, film theory, Asian cinema and European cinema, and in 2000 introduced a unit in video and DVD production. I am currently completing a book on Indonesian cinema from 1950 to 2010.
MA (University of Melbourne), PGDip(FilmStudies) (University College London), BA, Hons (University of Melbourne)