Deane is a film historian specialising in documentary film history and Australian documentary. He is the author of seven monographs and edited collections, and of articles published in Screening the Past, Continuum, Media International Australia, Framework and Critical Arts.
He is also Editor of Studies in Documentary Film (ISSN 1750-3280 Print, 1750-3299 Online), the only international, refereed, scholarly journal dedicated to the history and criticism of documentary.
In 2015, Deane commenced work with Ross Gibson, Mick Broderick, John Hughes and Joe Masco on the four-year Australian Research Council Discovery Grant supported project, Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945-80 ($AUD 363,359).
Deane has supervised more than 20 Higher Degree by Research candidates to completion and in 2015 was nominated for the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision. He is available to supervise candidates in the fields of documentary film, Australian film and television, realist film theory, intertextuality and film and television, musicality and film and television.
From 2010-2013 he was the Faculty of Arts Associate Dean, Graduate Research and was Director of the Film, Media and Communication Graduate Program 2014-15. He has also introduced and taught more than a dozen new undergraduate units into the Film and Television/Film and Screen studies curriculum.