Sydney Film Festival

After a successful collaboration with Sydney Film Festival (SFF) last year, our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to build on our continuing sponsorship of this key cultural event in 2014 by becoming presenting partner of the International Documentary Series.

With a shared commitment to the big ideas that affect our world, this collaboration will see the University sponsoring the whole suite of 34 films that make up this innovative and thought-provoking series, in the festival that runs from June 4-15.


Micro Talks

Academics will take centre stage for a series of 'Micro Cuts' talks, featuring Associate Professor Catherine Driscoll on teen films, Dr Melissa Hardie on queer cinema, Dr Rebecca Sheehan on masculinity on the screen and Julie Lynch on costume design

International Documentaries

The University of Sydney is thrilled to be the presenting partner of the International documentary series at the Sydney Film Festival for 2014. This Series will include 34 films from around the world.


Our experts

Catherine Driscoll

Associate Professor Catherine Driscoll lectures in cultural studies and has carved out particular expertise on the portrayal of youth and girls in popular media. In 2011, she published Teen Film: A Critical Introduction, a book exploring ideas of youth and adolescence in films such as The Wild One, Heathers, Akira and Donnie Darko. Her wider research interests include gender and modernity.

Melissa Hardie

Dr Melissa Hardie from the Department of English writes, researches and teaches on a range of contemporary American films. She is currently writing a book on the cinematic depictions of true crime and has recently co-edited a collection of essays on Mad Men. Melissa also specialises in the areas of film piracy and cult cinema.

Rebecca Sheehan

Dr Rebecca Sheehan is a lecturer in US History, whose work focuses on depictions of gender and sexuality in American popular culture. Rebecca also comments on the changing face of America, and the loss of dominance of the white, straight male. Her thesis Boxing Dreams: Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Hollywood Boxing Film received first-class honours.

Julie Lynch

Doctorate student and professional costume designer Julie Lynch, brings her designer’s eye to her research on the impact of costume design on screen. Julie's Masters thesis explores the costume's contribution to the mise en scène and how the performer's physicality and character interpretation is supported by dress.

Tyler Pike

Tyler Pike teaches Chinese Cinema at the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney. He is a fluent Mandarin-speaker and his research interests lie in Chinese Thought, Early China, the Tang Dynasty and Classical Chinese literature.

Josh Wheatley

Josh is currently undertaking his PhD in the Film Studies department at the University of Sydney. His thesis examines trash aesthetics in contemporary American cinema, and engages with postmodernism, ecology and the carnivalesque.