Dr Stefan Popescu

BVA(Hons) PhD (Sydney)
Lecturer, Visual Art

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1055

Biographical details

Stefan Popescu is a filmmaker and academic and is currently one of the directors of the Sydney Underground Film Festival. Having completed his PhD in Film and Digital Art in 2007, he has written and directed three feature films - Rosebery 7470 (2007), Nude Study (2010) and Zombie Massacre 3 (2012) and The Performance Artist (in post-production).

Research interests

Stefan is interested in alternate and marginal cinema and his research involves theorising emerging forms in cinema. This includes the relationship between materiality, affect and narrative in film and theorising technological developments in the emergence of contemporary subgenres. Stefan's research extends into making feature films and focuses on creating films that experiment with material, aesthetics, character and story structure. Additionally, he is the founder and director of the Sydney Underground Film Festival that provides an exhibition platform and a cultural hub for alternate and experimental films.

Current research students

Project title Research student
We are like the Dreamer, who Dreams and then lives inside the Dream Simon BARE

Awards and honours

Best Foreign Drama Feature, Nude Study (90min Feature Film), Atlanta Underground Film Festival, 2011

Artist Residency, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture
Dawson City, Canada, 2010

Creative Catalyst Award, Creative Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Popescu, S. (2008). Material Affects: The Body-Language of Film. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Muller.

Journals

  • Popescu, S. (2016). The Dark Knight Rises: Christianity, Capitalism and Psychopathology. The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 5(1), 49-57. [More Information]
  • Popescu, S. (2013). Hyper-real Narratives: The Emergence of Contemporary Film Subgenres. Journal of Literature and Art Studies, 3(9), 568-575.

Visual Art

  • Popescu, S. (2016). 1. Central Systems 2. Central Station 3. Celestial Ghetto 2 4. Anunnaki. In: Stefan Popescu at Penny Contemporary. Penny Contemporary, Hobart, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2015). Pink Christine. In: Editions #1. Penny Contemporary, Hobart, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2014). (Un)identified. In: The Sceptical Image | (Un)identified. Sydney College of the Arts. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2014). Nude Studies 2012. In: Striking Contrasts - Touring Exhibition. dLux Media Arts. Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2013). Natural Phenomena. In: Re: Cinema. Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2009). Fauvette Loureiro. In: Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artist Travel Scholarship Finalists Exhibition. Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. SCA Auditorium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2009). Group Show. In: Group show. ESP Gallery, Marrickville, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2009). Repressions 2000 - 2004. In: The Sense of Touch. Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Film / Video

  • Popescu, S. (2015). Vixen Velvet's Zombie Massacre. DVD, Perth, Australia: Revelation Perth International Film Festival.
  • Popescu, S., Berger, K. (2010). Nude Study. Film festival screening, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Underground Films.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Popescu, S. (2014). Film Cunst. Sydney, Australia: Brenda May Gallery.

Festivals

  • Popescu, S. (2017). Sydney Underground Film Festival. Sydney, Australia: The Factory Theatre.
  • Popescu, S. (2013). Sydney Underground Film Festival. Sydney, Australia: Factory Theatre, Marrickville.
  • Popescu, S., Berger, K. (2010). Sydney Underground Film Festival. The Factory Theatre, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia: The Factory Theatre.
  • Popescu, S., Berger, K. (2009). Sydney Underground Film Festival. Marrickville, Australia: The Factory Theatre.

2017

  • Popescu, S. (2017). Sydney Underground Film Festival. Sydney, Australia: The Factory Theatre.

2016

  • Popescu, S. (2016). 1. Central Systems 2. Central Station 3. Celestial Ghetto 2 4. Anunnaki. In: Stefan Popescu at Penny Contemporary. Penny Contemporary, Hobart, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2016). The Dark Knight Rises: Christianity, Capitalism and Psychopathology. The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 5(1), 49-57. [More Information]

2015

  • Popescu, S. (2015). Pink Christine. In: Editions #1. Penny Contemporary, Hobart, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2015). Vixen Velvet's Zombie Massacre. DVD, Perth, Australia: Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

2014

  • Popescu, S. (2014). (Un)identified. In: The Sceptical Image | (Un)identified. Sydney College of the Arts. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2014). Film Cunst. Sydney, Australia: Brenda May Gallery.
  • Popescu, S. (2014). Nude Studies 2012. In: Striking Contrasts - Touring Exhibition. dLux Media Arts. Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst, Australia.

2013

  • Popescu, S. (2013). Hyper-real Narratives: The Emergence of Contemporary Film Subgenres. Journal of Literature and Art Studies, 3(9), 568-575.
  • Popescu, S. (2013). Natural Phenomena. In: Re: Cinema. Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2013). Sydney Underground Film Festival. Sydney, Australia: Factory Theatre, Marrickville.

2010

  • Popescu, S., Berger, K. (2010). Nude Study. Film festival screening, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Underground Films.
  • Popescu, S., Berger, K. (2010). Sydney Underground Film Festival. The Factory Theatre, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia: The Factory Theatre.

2009

  • Popescu, S. (2009). Fauvette Loureiro. In: Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artist Travel Scholarship Finalists Exhibition. Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. SCA Auditorium, Sydney, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2009). Group Show. In: Group show. ESP Gallery, Marrickville, Australia.
  • Popescu, S. (2009). Repressions 2000 - 2004. In: The Sense of Touch. Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Popescu, S., Berger, K. (2009). Sydney Underground Film Festival. Marrickville, Australia: The Factory Theatre.

2008

  • Popescu, S. (2008). Material Affects: The Body-Language of Film. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Muller.

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