Screening Ideas is a research communication and community engagement program organised around free public film screenings tied to lectures, talks and panel discussions. Produced in partnership with interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Melbourne and beyond, each event presents research on the most pressing issues facing the world through the accessible and engaging medium of film.
'Island of the Hungry Ghosts': trauma and narrative therapy
'Hava, Maryam, Ayesha': women’s filmmaking practices in Afghanistan
‘The Inner Scar’: Garrel, Nico, and the Zanzibar era revisited
‘Money Has Four Legs’: film and opposition in the Myanmar crisis
‘Sleep Has Her House’: experimental ecocinema in context
'Wood and Water': patience for slow cinema
'Wood and Water': capturing the elements
'The Faculties': what is the meaning of the university institution?
'Ali's Wedding': reframing Asian-Australia
Dr Duncan Caillard
Dr Duncan Caillard is a teaching associate and early career researcher at the University of Melbourne. His research investigates transnational art cinema in the Asia-Pacific, concentrating on works of anti-authoritarian and decolonial art practice in Thailand and Hawai’i. He holds a PhD in Screen and Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne, where his dissertation analysed formal emptiness and contemplation in the screen works of Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He is a coordinator of the Screening Ideas program, the vice-president of Senses of Cinema.
Dr Cristóbal Escobar
Dr Cristóbal Escobar is a teaching associate at the University of Melbourne and a coordinator of the Screening Ideas program. His research interests centre on film-philosophy, modernism, and Latin American cinemas. He is the author of The Intensive-Image in Deleuze’s Film-Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming) and has published in various international journals on film theory, ethnographic filmmaking, and global art cinema. Dr Escobar is also a film programmer for the Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago (FIDOCS).
Corey Cribb is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne whose research re-evaluates the question of ontology in contemporary film theory and film-philosophy. His latest publication ““To Believe in an Image (Again)”: The Politics of the Index, André Bazin’s Ontology of Sense, and the Antidote to Digital Skepticism” can be found in Volume 17, issue 3 of Cultural Politics.
Pınar Fontini is a feminist scholar and an award-winning director. She works at the intersection of Middle Eastern cinema and feminist film studies. She is a teaching fellow at the University of Melbourne where she works on her doctoral thesis that theorizes women's cinema in contemporary Turkey. Fontini is the producer and director of the movies Dream Workers (2021) and What's the Name of the Film? (2022).
Screening Ideas is supported by the University of Melbourne Researcher Development Unit, the SSAF Grants Program, the School of Culture and Communication and the Faculty of Arts.