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Sydney Screen Studies Network Talks is a research-led podcast covering all aspects of film, television, and screen-based media. Scholars and graduate students from Sydney share their research, discuss screen culture and history, and debate the latest film and television releases and technology. This podcast is made possible by the kind support of the School of the Arts & Media, UNSW Sydney. Visit sydneyscreenstudies.wordpress.com/podcast for archived episodes and more info.

Sydney Screen Studies Network Talks is a research-led podcast covering all aspects of film, television, and screen-based media. Scholars and graduate students from Sydney share their research, discuss screen culture and history, and debate the latest film and television releases and technology. This podcast is made possible by the kind support of the School of the Arts & Media, UNSW Sydney. Visit sydneyscreenstudies.wordpress.com/podcast for archived episodes and more info.
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Sydney Screen Studies Network Talks is a research-led podcast covering all aspects of film, television, and screen-based media. Scholars and graduate students from Sydney share their research, discuss screen culture and history, and debate the latest film and television releases and technology. This podcast is made possible by the kind support of the School of the Arts & Media, UNSW Sydney. Visit sydneyscreenstudies.wordpress.com/podcast for archived episodes and more info.

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Episodes

Common Ground: Australian co-productions with China

1/15/2019
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Over the past decade, the Australian film industry has increasingly engaged in co-productions with China. Screen Australia’s 2013 'Common Ground' report into screen partnerships in Asia highlighted Australia’s intention to develop co-production relationships in the region. Its support of Arclight Films’ Chinalight company in the 2017 round of the Enterprise program funding, gave this intention a physical, development and production company presence that made the hope clear that a stronger...

Duration:01:32:00

Through an Indigenous Lens

10/25/2018
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Throughout Australia’s television history, Indigenous people have faced considerable misrepresentation in both their characterization and absence from our screens. Graduate student and actress Josie Atkinson looks at three key case studies: Boney (1971-2; 1992) Neighbours (1985-), and The Secret Life of Us (2001-5), revealing that while problems still exist in the representation of Indigenous people in televised media dramas, there have been some groundbreaking developments in this facet of...

Duration:01:03:26

Gendered Vulnerability in Transnational Action Cinema: xXx, The Great Wall, and Kung Fu Yoga

10/10/2018
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Where is transnational cinema going? Dr Timothy Laurie looks at the numerous high budget action films emerging in the US, China, and India in the past decade that employ both international casting and transnational narratives. He argues these films create new kinds of masculine heroes as well as signalling deep cultural differences. Prof. Meaghan Morris joins Tim after his talk to further discuss masculinity, K-Pop stars, and underrated action films. Seminar: 0.00 - 53min Q & A: 53min - 1hr...

Duration:01:32:35

A Good Man with a Gun

10/3/2018
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"The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun". These are words spoken by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre. Film scholar Dr Rodney Wallis argues this statement has a peculiar resonance with the mythic ideal of an armed saviour in American culture. He explores how Hollywood has contributed to this ideal through the 1950s Western, particularly focusing on George Steven's 1953 movie Shane. He is joined by Ben...

Duration:01:01:55

Icons and Politics in Spanish Cinema

7/31/2018
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What cultural and social value can be found in 1970s exploitation cinema? Doctoral candidate Váleri Codesido explores 1970s Spanish exploitation cinema to question what it can tell us about Spain in both a pre- and post- Franco era, and Spain's relationship with the world, through its explicit portrayal of sex and violence. Váleri also proposes that aesthetic parallels can be found in the Ozploitation films of the 1970s, opening up further questions around the stark differences in...

Duration:01:13:18

The Female Hero: The Research-led Screenplay

5/1/2018
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The Hero's Journey has proven highly adaptable to the three-act screenplay structure. The problem is it has almost exclusively been applied to masculine heroes. Screenwriter Sophia Riley Kobacker proposes a new narrative template that can be used to tell the story of a more authentic female Hero's Journey. The new template is designed to encourage the production of future female-protagonist-led films. Screenwriter and academic Dr Natalie Krikowa joins Sophia for a Q & A session with the...

Duration:01:13:31

Fassbinder: As He Appears to Us

4/17/2018
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Director, performer or author? UNSW Honours student Zach Karpinellison interrogates these three roles occupied by German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder. These roles, Zach argues, allow Fassbinder to exert greater control over the moral and political reception of his work. He also explores the filmmaker's important cultural value as both an auteur and a key figure in New German Cinema. Dr Michelle Langford joins Zach for a Q&A after his talk. Produced by the Sydney Screen Studies Network...

Duration:01:04:12

Intersections of Media Effects Research: Developing Socially Responsible Media Production

3/20/2018
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Are we influenced by what we watch? Psychologist and media consultant Danya Braunstein talks us through some of the vital research into how individuals' thoughts, attitudes and beliefs are affected by the media they consume. She dispels some of the myths around media effects, and she proposes how media producers can adopt a socially responsible approach to producing their content. Danya is joined by her Macquarie Uni colleague Chanelle Tarabay for a Q & A at the end. Seminar: 0.00 - 38mins...

Duration:01:10:03

Ways of Seeing and Feeling: Rhythm and Pulse

3/6/2018
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Film scholar Dr Sharon Mee explores the role of the pulse and rhythm in film. She examines a series of experimental films - Brakhage, Kubelka, and Duchamp - which visually inscribe rhythm onto the image. She extends this analysis into horror film, specifically the work of George Romero, to argue that the pulse is a response to the experience of 'felt' time; the human pulse is integral to the connection between the viewer and the rhythmic images on screen. Dr Richard Smith responds to...

Duration:01:09:09

Examining Chinese Cinema Audiences’ Opinions Through User-Generated Content: A Case Study of The Mermaid

11/7/2017
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Within the film industry, methods traditionally used to conduct audience analysis include utilising surveys and statistical data such as box office revenues. However, with the rapid growth of digital technology, collecting data on audiences’ opinions towards a specific content, product or services, has eased the process through electronic word-of-mouth communication. Kai Soh (U. Wollongong) examines the data from Chinese social networking site – Douban – to understand Chinese audiences’...

Duration:00:52:50

New Intimate Cinema Spaces

10/24/2017
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Rebecca Lelli, a Macquarie Uni graduate student, examines the plethora of viewing environments and platforms used to watch films today. She challenges the traditional assumption that the public theatre is the 'best' place to watch a film. Rebecca uses a case study of queer cinema to explore how new, intimate, digital viewing spaces allow for queer youth identity development and drastically change queer politics around film and media engagement. Rebecca's talk is followed by a Q&A session...

Duration:01:15:24

Reframe: Considering Screens to Reconfigure Postmedia

8/29/2017
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UNSW postgraduate Charu Maithani explores the new kinds of interactions enabled between viewer/spectator and screen in the postmedia age. She examines changing aspect ratios, interactivity, and film production technology through the past 50 years, and questions: Can screens be studied as a new way to reconfigure postmedia? How do these technologies change the way we interact with screens? She is joined afterwards by Melanie Robson for a Q&A with the audience, where they chat about the...

Duration:01:14:26

Gendered Vulnerability in Transnational Action Cinema: xXx, The Great Wall, and Kung Fu Yoga

8/15/2017
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Where is transnational cinema going? Dr Timothy Laurie looks at the numerous high budget action films emerging in the US, China, and India in the past decade that employ both international casting and transnational narratives. He argues these films create new kinds of masculine heroes as well as signalling deep cultural differences. Prof. Meaghan Morris joins Tim after his talk to further discuss masculinity, K-Pop stars, and underrated action films. Seminar: 0.00 - 53min Q & A: 53min - 1hr...

Duration:01:32:36

A Crysis of Perspective: (S)pawning Subjectivity in Interactive Media

5/24/2017
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Video games present an interesting challenge to other visual media: they are neither wholly narrative, nor wholly interactive. Ben Eldridge (USyd) explores mainstream interactive media with a brief case study of two texts splattered with violence and security content – Crytek’s video game Crysis 2 (2010) and Peter Watts’ subsequent novelization of the game, Crysis: Legion (2011). Crysis 2 is an interchangeable example of the so-called First Person Shooter (FPS); formulaic, uninspiring, and...

Duration:01:09:40

Inside the 'Open-Image': Virtual Reality Cinema as a Medium of Ethical Experience

5/10/2017
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Recent developments in cinematic VR open up vital questions around how much this new mode can draw on established cinematic paradigms, such as linear narrative progression, techniques of montage, and emotional engagement via identification with diegetic characters. In this talk, PhD candidate Adam Daniel examines VR’s potential as a medium of ethical experience. He expands ethical experience beyond an intellectual consideration of moral or ethical dilemmas, to examine how images can affect...

Duration:01:12:37

Bedevil in the Details: Australian Experimental Film in the Era of New Media

5/3/2017
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In the 1990s, Australian experimental and avant-garde film traditions were displaced – at the level of theory, policy and practice. The 1994 ‘Creative Nation’ policy announced the Keating Government’s enthusiasm for innovation and digital media. Australian artists and organisations scrambled to claim ground, funds and relevance in an era marked by insistent declarations of the end of the avant-garde, the end of cinema and the inevitability of a digital future. Two decades on the innovation...

Duration:01:19:28

The Social Life of Films: An Alternative Perspective on Informal Film Circulation

4/26/2017
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Complex transnational and local factors have made way for alternative channels of film circulation to emerge all around the globe. What is significant about these channels is not just that they are illegal, but the ways they transform the films, culturally and politically. PhD candidate Mahsa Salamati explores this transformation through Jafar Panahi’s This is not a Film (In Yek Film Nist, 2011) and his ongoing ban from filmmaking. Mahsa is joined by Melanie Robson for a Q&A with the...

Duration:00:57:14

Nostalgia, Representation and Transgression in Disney Princess Culture

4/5/2017
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Between 1937 and 2016, Walt Disney Animation Studios released 56 animated theatrical films for children. Since 2000, the teenage and young adult female protagonists from 12 of these films have been retroactively grouped into a media franchise called the Disney Princesses. Although most research around the Disney Princesses relates to the franchise’s appropriateness for children, they are not the only demographic with an investment in this franchise. Adults online produce fan works,...

Duration:01:26:20

When File-Sharing Isn't Piracy: Formalising Peer-to-Peer Distribution

3/8/2017
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Film critic and PhD candidate Lauren Carroll Harris uses a case study of US comedy HITS (David Cross 2015) and the BitTorrent Now website to explore how filmmakers are using file-sharing networks to monetise film distribution and reach their own fanbases. This seminar presents an argument for how file-sharing can be a valid, legal form of reintermediation that supports independent film culture, and reinserts filmmakers into the film value chain with a minimum of interference from...

Duration:00:51:36