I am a film historian specialising in documentary film history and Australian documentary. I am the author of 7 monographs and edited collections and of articles published in Screening the Past, Continuum, Media International Australia, Framework and Critical Arts.
I am 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 I commenced work with Ross Gibson, Mick Broderick, John Hughes, Joe Masco on the four-year Australian Research Council Discovery Grant supported project, Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945-80). ($AUD 363,359).
I have supervised more than 20 Higher Degree by Research candidates to completion and in 2015 was nominated for the Vic Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision. I am 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 I was the Faculty of Arts Associate Dean, Graduate Research and was Director of the Film, Media and Communication Graduate Program 2014-15. I have also introduced and taught more than a dozen new undergraduate units into the Film and Television/Film and Screen studies curriculum.