Student Profile

Kim Wilkins


Doctor of Philosophy

Thesis Title

There’s a Problem with the Connection: American Eccentricity and Existential Anxiety


David Kelly

Bruce Isaacs

Thesis Abstract

My thesis centres on a particular mode of contemporary American filmmaking that emerged in the 1990s, that I call American Eccentricity. The work aims at defining, and theorising this mode within the broader American cinematic tradition, through the aesthetic, cultural, and ideological imprint of the New Hollywood cinema (1967-1979).

Professional and/or Community Engagement

I am the co-founder and co-curator of the Yeah Sessions, which have held talks on cinema at Yulli’s bar, the Sydney Film Festival and at Jurassic Lounge.
I am also a co-editor for the online journal Philament.
I have tutored film subjects at the University of Sydney (Introduction to Film Studies) and at the University of Newcastle (Media Structures and Practices).

Conference Presentations


Kim Wilkins, “The Sounds of Silence: Hyper-dialogue and American Eccentricity,” New Review of Film and Television Studies, forthcoming, 2014.

Favourite Films

The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, 2007)
The Last Metro (Franҫois Truffaut, 1980)
Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)