Transnational Screen Traffic Workshop

State Library of Victoria

More than a space of local production, Melbourne is a site of international screen flows. This workshop will trace the presence, impact, and politics of transnational “screen traffic” (Acland) in and through the city. Melbourne is home to a dense and proliferating network of screen culture sites, from film festivals to the multiplexes and the home with its ever-expanding array of digital services. This workshop takes as its starting point the proposition that Melbourne constitutes a node in a network of global screen flows, and that screen culture in Melbourne is and has always been a transnational practice. Using a series of examples – including microcinemas, streaming services, diasporic television, and festivals – the panel will problematize assumptions about the relationship between the screen and the city. Each speaker will offer a short presentation (approx. 10 mins) that addresses one of these sites in relation to particular debates about the transnational dimensions of Australian screen culture. Collectively, the workshop’s participants will lead a discussion on established and emerging approaches to understanding this changing geography of screen culture.

Liam Burke is Senior Cinema and Screen Studies Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. He is the author of the first book length study of comic book movies, The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre. Liam’s current research project, New Media, Ageing, and Migration, considers how older Irish people in Melbourne make use of new media.

Ramon Lobato is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Ramon is a media industries scholar with a special interest in screen distribution. He is the author or editor of four books, and the recipient of two ARC Fellowships (APD, DECRA). Working across media industry studies, cultural studies and political economy, Ramon is interested in developing new ways to understand screen markets, including non-legal and informal markets. He has written widely on intellectual property and piracy, and their relation to film culture. Ramon’s current DECRA project is about the geography of video streaming.

Mark Freeman is a lecturer in the Department of Film and Animation at Swinburne University of Technology. He has published widely in film journals such as Senses of Cinema, Metro, and Screening the Past, and has published commissioned articles through publications such as If Magazine, Metro Screen Education and Insight. His current research focuses on the areas of postnational cinema, microcinemas and reality television.

Tessa Dwyer is Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies, Monash University. She is part of the inter-disciplinary research group Eye Tracking the Moving Image and Vice-President of the journal Senses of Cinema. Tessa’s research focuses on screen translation, language difference and transnational reception and distribution practices. Her book Speaking in Subtitles: Revaluing Screen Translation is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.