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
Duncan Caillard is a PhD candidate in Screen and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, and a coordinator of the Screening Ideas program. His research addresses empty space, silence and inactivity in contemporary art cinema, with a focus on independent filmmaking in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Cristóbal Escobar
Dr. Cristóbal Escobar is a teaching associate at the University of Melbourne and a coordinator of the Screening Ideas program. His doctoral thesis on The Intensive-image: Rethinking Deleuze's Film-Philosophy has recently been recommended for the Chancellor's Prize for the Best PhD thesis in the humanities. Since 2019, Cristóbal has worked as head of international programming for the Santiago International Documentary Film Festival (FIDOCS) and his writings can be found in various academic journals, film and art magazines.
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.