Dr Richard Smith

BA, MA University of Queensland, PhD University of NSW
Director of Film Studies
Honours Coordinator

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4208
Fax +61 2 9351 4212

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Research interests

My principle area of research interest is the temporality and form of the cinematic image, the place of technology and thought in generic and formal change and the range of theories useful for considering these aspects of cinema. Within this principle area of research I engage with structuralist and poststructuralist accounts of meaning and its production, materialist and idealist accounts of cinematic technology, Bergsonian and Deleuzian concepts of time and evolution, phenomenological accounts of cinematic subjectivity. I am also interested in post Cold-War American and Hollywood cinema, particularly action-suspense genres such as the hi-jack, the heist, and the escape. I find these genres useful for thinking about the movements, procedures, and operations of capitalised and urbanised milieux.

Current projects

"The Digital Apparatus" is a research project that will test a range of methodologies for thinking through the relation between technology and thought in film production, criticism and theory. It is particularly interested in the idealist-materialist tussle within general theories of film.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2010

  • WUN East Asia Studies: 'Mixed Cinema' Network; Smith R; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Smith, R. (2007). Action and Transnational Cinema: Review of On Hong Kong Connections: Transnational Imagination in Action Cinema. Cultural Studies Review, 13(1), 233-238.
  • Smith, R. (2004). Criticism Without Myth? Richard Smith reviews the first three titles in the Australian Screen Classics series from Currency Press. Australian Humanities Review, 31-32, 1-6.

2007

  • Smith, R. (2007). Action and Transnational Cinema: Review of On Hong Kong Connections: Transnational Imagination in Action Cinema. Cultural Studies Review, 13(1), 233-238.

2004

  • Smith, R. (2004). Criticism Without Myth? Richard Smith reviews the first three titles in the Australian Screen Classics series from Currency Press. Australian Humanities Review, 31-32, 1-6.

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