Honorary Associate Teresa Rizzo


Biographical Details

Teresa Rizzo

Teresa graduated with Hons in Communication Studies from Murdoch University (1994). For her Honours thesis she made a half hour documentary on gender fluidity called On Becoming (1994), which won several national and international awards. She then worked in the television industry as a producer for 10 years.

In 2005 she was awarded a PhD in Film Studies from the University of New South Wales. Her PhD thesis was interdisciplinary and crossed spectatorship theory, aesthetics, philosophy and feminism. It sought to explore affective, embodied modes of spectatorship by combining recent feminist philosophy with the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

Teresa has held teaching positions at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She has published in the areas of film philosophy, feminist film theory, television and convergent media in international refereed journals. She is the author of Deleuze and Film: A Feminist Introduction (Continuum Publishing London, 2012).

Research Interests

  • Feminist film theory
  • Film philosophy
  • Multiplatform television
  • Participatory media
  • Production theory and practice
  • Convergent Media
  • Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Current Projects

Teresa is currently working on 2 books. The first, Television in a Digital and Convergent Age, focuses on post-broadcast television. It investigates new forms of digital television in order to rethink what television is and what is it does culturally, socially and in terms of viewer engagement. The second book, Deleuze, Cinema and Ethics explores questions of ethics in relation to different cinematic styles and aesthetics using the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.

Awards and Honours

On Becoming, (Teresa Rizzo, Director/Writer/Producer, 1994)

  • Best film, Flickerfest, International Film Festival, Sydney
  • Best documentary, Flickerfest, International Film Festival, Sydney
  • Best direction, Western Australian Film and Video Festival
  • Best documentary, Western Australian Film and Video Festival
  • SPAA award for excellence, Western Australian Film and Video Festival


  • 3rd Place in the documentary category, Reeling: The 15th Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival

Selected Publications

Deleuze and Film: A Feminist Introduction, Continuum Publishing, London, 2012.

Book Chapters
'Without Judgment: A Feminist Reading of the Immanent Ethics and Aesthetics in Morvern Callar' in A Critique of Judgement in Film and Television, ed. Silke Panse and Dennis Rothermel, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

'Programming your own channel: An Archaeology of the Playlist' in TV Futures: Digital Television Policy in Australia, ed. Andrew T. Kenyon, Melbourne University Press, 2007.

Refereed Journal Articles
'Expanded Television: Making Sense of Gene Youngblood in a Digital Age,' Australian Journal of Communication, 40.3, 2013.

'YouTube: The New Cinema of Attractions,' Scan: Journal of Media Arts Culture, 5.1, 2008.

'Discourses of Choice in Australian Pay Television,' Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 124, 2007.

'The Molecular Poetics of Before Night Falls,' Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 11.12, 2005.

'The Alien Series: A Deleuzian Perspective,' Women: A Cultural Review, 15.3 2004.

'On Becoming - An Interview with Moira Gatens,' Southern Review, 28.1 1995, co-authored with Steven Maras.