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Thanks to School of Media and Communication at RMIT University for providing these videos.

Professor TOM O’REGAN – Re-inventing Film Writing: Why the Coming of Sound Matters to the Development of Film Reviewing – presented July 4, 2017

The advent of the sound cinema transformed the relation between the cinema and film writing. In the silent period the film was part of a larger ensemble of elements and was, as such, a semi-finished product needing to be completed by the local provision of film’s musical and sound accompaniment and live performance events. While these circumstances encouraged film writing in general interest print and radio to develop it would need the sound cinema with its tidy separation of cinema from live performance to see the development and wide extension of film reviewing. While both silent and sound cinema relied upon the central figure of the cinema theatre as a stable place for the continuous mounting of films the sound cinema’s distinctive form of theatrical exhibition encouraged the recognition of the cinema as a distinct cultural form. In this context the consolidation and the extension of the film review was very much part of a process by which newspapers and magazines improvised their new relation to what was for all intents and purposes a new medium. This allowed a thoroughgoing film criticism to emerge through the extended film review that has had lasting value and ongoing significance.

Tom O’Regan is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. He has written widely on Australian film and television, the emergence of globally dispersed film and television production, and audience measurement. This paper draws on research undertaken with Huw Walmsley-Evans on how successive screen media transformations have shaped the nature and character of film writing as part of an ARC Discovery project theorizing media transformations.

He was a visitor in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT from the 26th June to the 19th July.


GARTH DAVIS (director of ‘Lion’, ‘Top of the Lake’) in conversation with ROWAN WOODS (director of ‘The Boys’, ‘Little Fish’, ‘The Kettering Incident’, ‘Rake’) – May 30, 2017

Presented by The Australian Directors’ Guild in association with RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Director Garth Davis, winner of 2017 ADG Award for ‘Best Direction for a Feature Film’, discusses his works from the past to present with AFTRS’ Head of Directing, Rowan Woods (The Kettering Incident, Rake, Little Fish, The Boys). Wood talks to Garth about his work from his first short film through to the Academy Award nominated Lion.

Garth Davis made his feature directorial debut with Lion, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and won 2017 DGA Award for First-Time Feature Film Director. Davis was previously nominated for an Emmy for co-directing the critically acclaimed drama Top of The Lake alongside Academy Award-winner Jane Campion. He also earned a DGA Award nomination for his work in commercials.

This session of  ‘The Directors Chair’ was presented by The Australian Directors’ Guild in Association with the AFTRS and RMIT University.


International Film Festivals: Connecting films with markets and audiences
In conversation with Clare Stewart at RMIT University (November 21, 2016)

Clare Stewart, Head of Festivals for the BFI (British Film Institute) draws on her own experience and approach as Festival Director of the BFI London Film Festival (since 2012) and previously, the Sydney Film Festival (2007-2011), to provide insight into the world of international film festivals. The conversation focuses on strategies for navigating the international film festival circuit and unpacks the role film festivals play introducing films to both global and local markets. She also discusses her own approach to programming and the changing landscape in film distribution and audience behaviours. The conversation is hosted by Professor Lisa French, Deputy Dean, RMIT School of Media and Communication.

Clare Stewart has been BFI Head of Festivals and BFI London Film Festival Director since October 2011. Her 20 year programming career has encompassed leadership roles as Festival Director, Sydney Film Festival (2006-2011) and the inaugural Head of Film Programs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne (2002-2006) as well as various roles at the Australian Film Institute (1996-2001), including Exhibition Manager, and programmer and Committee Member of the Melbourne Cinémathèque (1995-2002). She is a graduate of RMIT Media Studies (BA).

In Conversation with Screen Australia and Film Victoria (October 25, 2016).
Representing Screen Australia was CEO Graeme Mason, Head of Production Sally Caplan, Head of Audience and Business Richard Harris and from Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi, and Head of Screen Industry Programs Ross Hutchens
The focus of this In Conversation event was the business of Feature Film development and financing, primarily for narrative projects, although documentary features were also covered.

The discussion examined various elements to consider if you intend to seek development or production funding support from either agency in the coming 12-24 months. Elements for consideration included: genres, budgets, financing, accessing the producer offset and/or investment from Screen Australia and/or Film Victoria, distribution, sales, audience, festivals, co-production considerations and more.

From Novel to Screen: adapting The Dressmaker (November 5, 2015).
Panel discussion with; film director: Jocelyn Moorhouse; Producer: Sue Maslin; Author of the novel: Rosalie Ham.
The panel examines questions such as ‘what makes a good adaptation?’; ‘what is the difference between the film and the novel?’; ‘what is the process to adapt a novel to a film?’; ‘How did the characters and the story need to change from the novel in order to become a feature film?’; ‘How do actors deal with a script that is also a novel?’; ‘How do you attract A –list actors?’

Homicide: 50th Anniversary panel (October 20, 2014). Panel discussion celebrating the Australian crime drama tv series Homicide.
Panel members: Ian Crawford (Producer/Executive Producer), John Jacob (sound/Associate Producer/Director), Michael Harvey (writer), Leslie Dayman (an actor who played Senior Detective Bill Hudson 1966 -68), Professor Jock Given (Swinburne University), Andrew Nette (2014 AFIRC Research Fellowship winner and crime writer). The panel was introduced and chaired by Associate Professor Lisa French (RMIT University).


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