Community Conversations: Wendy Haslem and Al Cossar

Episode 1: Wendy Haslem in conversation with Al Cossar

Join us for the first of our Community Conversations series as Dr Wendy Haslem, Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies, joins Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Artistic Director Al Cossar to chat about what they’ve been watching in lockdown, MIFF 68½ and why the festival is so important to film buffs and Melburnians.

Each year, Wendy and Al work collaboratively on the partnership between MIFF and the Faculty of Arts, delivering exclusive experiences for students to prepare them for a career in film.

Dr Wendy Haslem
Dr Wendy Haslem

About Wendy Haslem

Dr Wendy Haslem is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies and Academic Director of the Bachelor of Arts. She teaches and researches the intersections of film history and new media and coordinates subjects that include – Film Noir: History and Sexuality, Introduction to Screen Studies, Censorship: Film, Art, Media and Exhibition: Film and Art.

Dr Haslem is widely published and her research includes: Gothic film, film noir, cinema of the 1950s, Atomic culture, trauma cinema, censorship, Japanese film, Australian film culture and industry

Al Cossar
Al Cossar

About Al Cossar

Al Cossar is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, where he has previously worked as Associate Artistic Directory, Acting Artistic Director, and Programmer since 2011. He has an extensive background in local screen culture organisations, including as the Festival Manager for Flickerfest, Programmer and Board Member for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Program Director for Portable Film Festival, among others.

He has also been a resident film critic for ABC News Breakfast, and worked as an Assistant Post Production Supervisor in New Zealand prior to moving to Australia in 2004.

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