Associate Professor Jane Mills

Associate Professor

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Kent-at-Canterbury; Ph.D. University of Western Sydney

School of the Arts & Media


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+61 2 9385 6812
231V, Level 2 Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Film and Television

Before coming to Australia in 1995 I was a Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University where I was Course Director for the Masters degree in Documentary in the Northern Media School. Prior to that I was: Head of Producing at the National Film & Television School; Founder Director of the Edinburgh International Television Festival; Series Producer for a radical science series at Central Television (for Channel 4); Head Production at Granada Television as well as researcher on the investigative current affairs programme, World In Action and presenter on the daily news programme, Granada Reports; freelance author, journalist and filmmaker.

From 1995-2001 I was Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS). From 2001-2009 I was a consultant in cineliteracy to the NSW English Teachers Association and the NSW Department of Education & Training, Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and Honorary Research fellow at AFTRS. During this period I studied for my PhD at the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. My thesis is entitled: Hollywood and its Others: Porous Borders and Creative Tensions in the Transnational Screenscape. In 2009 I was appointed Associate Professor in the School of Communication (later the School of Communication and Creative Industries) at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW. I am now in the School of the Arts & Media at UNSW (Australia) on the Kensington campus and live at Bondi.

In 2014 I joined the School of the Arts and Media (SAM) after being Deputy Director (2012) and then Acting Director of the Journalism & Media Research Centre throughout 2013 when the Centre was successfully integrated into SAM. I am a frequent Visiting Professor to the Japanese Institute for Moving Images (JIMI) and was actively involved in designing and setting up their Cineliteracy course for undergraduates. My publishing activities include: Series Editor of Australian Screen Classics (Currency Press and the National Film & Sound Archive), Associate Editor and referee for the two Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) journals, Metro and Australian Screen Education, and founding Editor and Board member of the online interdisciplinary journal, Fusion, working closely with former colleagues at Charles Sturt University and with the University of Lincoln (UK). I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the Routledge series, Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia. Previously a Board Member of the Sydney Film Festival, I remain actively involved in this and several other film festivals.

In addition to consulting, teaching and publishing in film and screen studies, screen literacy, visual media and communication, I have a production background in television and documentary film and have written on subjects including cinema, censorship, sex education, socio-linguistics, feminism, human rights and cosmopolitanism. A committed anti-censorship campaigner, I am a founder-member of ‘Watch on Censorship’. I am also a frequent broadcaster on television and radio and a film critic for ABC Radio 702. I'm the author of eight books of which the most recent are: Jedda (Currency Press/NFSA, 2012); Loving and Hating Hollywood: Re-framing Global and Local Cinemas (Allen & Unwin, May 2009); The Money Shot: Cinema, Sin & Censorship (Pluto, 2001). My documentary films include: Yilmaz Guney: His life, His Films (Channel 4) about the late Kurdish-Turkish director whose film Yol won the Palme d’or at Cannes in 1984; and Rape: That’s Entertainment? (BBC1) about the representation of sexual violence towards women in cinema.



2012 Jedda, Currency Press/National Film & Sound Archive

2009 Loving and Hating Hollywood: Reframing Global and Local Cinemas, Allen & Unwin

2001 The Money Shot: Cinema, Sin and Censorship, Pluto Press; Reinventing the Reel: The Road Movie, AFI.

1993 Guide to Erotic Literature, (ed.), Bloomsbury Press, University of Chicago Press

1993 Sexwords, Penguin Books, London

1992 Make It Happy, Make It Safe, Penguin Books, London

1989 Womanwords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Patriarchal Society. In UK: Longman, Virago Press; In US: The Free Press, Henry Holt. Also translated and published in Taiwan (1997)

1979 Make It Happy, Virago Press, London. Translated and published in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany. Co-winner of The Times Educational Supplement ‘Information Book of the Year’ Award.

1973 Turkey: Torture and Political Persecution, Pluto Press, London. Co-winner of the Society of Young Publishers 'Book of the Year' award.

Recent Chapters & Articles

2014 ‘Sojourner Cinema: Towards a Geocinematics of Cosmopolitanism.’ Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media, 55:1 (in press)

2013 ‘Popular Screen Culture and Digital Communication Technology in Literacy Learning: Towards a New Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism’, with B. Green, in Journal of Popular Film & Television. 41:2; ‘The Sydney Film Festival and the Canon’, Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive. Sydney: SFF; ‘From confusion to fusion: The birth of a new academic, peer-reviewed, online journal’, Fusion, 1:1 (ISSN 2201-7208); ‘Situating the ‘Beyond’: Adventure-learning and Indigenous Cultural Competence’, with B. Hill, Discourse. 34: 1.

2012Visual Culture, Literacy Learning: Towards a Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism’, Journal of Australian Studies Association in Japan; ‘Hollywood: Bad Cinema’s Bad “Other”’, J. Vassilieva & C. Verevis (eds), After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image. London: Routledge; Making Mini-Movies: The Mobile Phone as a Resource for a New Cosmopolitanism, Journal of Australian Studies Association in Japan.

2011 ‘Screen Literacy: Its Social, Cultural and Educational Implications and Applications’ in Mary A. Drinkwater (ed), Beyond Textual Literacy: Visual Literacy for Creative & Critical Inquiry. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press

2010 ‘Expanding Horizons: Screen Literacy and Global Citizenship’, English in Australia. Vol 45: 2; ‘Hollywood: Bad Cinema’s Bad “Other”’, Continuum. 24:5; ‘Mapping Australia: Cinematic Cartographies of (Dis)Location’, Senses of Cinema, Vol. 55

2009 ‘Journey Among Women - Special and Electric’: booklet accompanying Collectors Edition DVD, Journey Among Women, Mad Man: Melbourne; ‘First Nation Cinema: Hollywood’s Indigenous Other’, Screening the Past. Vol 24: 2.


Teaching and Supervision

I have taught, supervised and examined undergraduate and postgraduate subjects and courses in film, media, screen and communication across a range of fields including documentary, social media, visual communication and other interrelated moving image, media and communication disciplines.

As an advisor, I compiled the Reader for the undergraduate 4th year specialisation in Cineliteracy for the Japanese Institute of Moving Images introduced in 2013.

In my previous position as Associate Professor of Communication in the School of Communication & Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University (2009-2012), I was the Honours and Postgraduate Coordinator, taking a special interest in developing the professional practice research doctorate whose students I taught and supervised.

At UNSW, my HDR students are studying a range of screen topics that include: the education/entertainment nexusof contemporary television; feature film soundscapes; challenges to conventional patterns of film distribution and exibition; feminist reperesentation in TV animation series; sex,gender and power in the postfeminist romantic comedy feature film; the cultual inmpacts of Film Distribution;The fragmented self revealed through supernatural manifestations in Female Gothic cinema.

Engagement and Professional contributions

Associate Editor:fusion,a peer-reviewed, open access, onlineinternationaljournal for the communication, creative industries and media arts disciplines.
Series Editor: Australian Screen Classics.

In 2013I chaired the Film Critics Circle of Australia film panel at the Melbourne International Film Festival and delivered the keynote lecture,‘The Future for Visual Communication’, at the Intelligent Information Symposium, Sydney.

Atrecent Sydney Film Festivals I have introduced the films screening in the retrospectives for directors such as Bertolucci, Altman and Scorsese) and intoruced and interviewed numerous guest directors. I have been a judge for the ATOM film Awards, the SydneyUnderground Film Festival and for the annual Film Critics Circle of Australia awards.

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Selected Keynote, plenary and seminar lectures and papers

2012 "Aboriginal women films and filmmaking", Visiting Professor: Japanese Institute of Moving Images

'Screen Literacy in Australia: Current and Future Practices and Trends' Keynote: Niigata Cineliteracy Literacy Conference; Fukushima CineLiteracy Conference

Screen Literacy and English Teaching: A Matter of Affect. (With Professor Bill Green) Keynote: AATE national conference

Digital Communication Technology in Literacy Learning: Towards a New Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism: UWS research seminar series

2011 'Visual Culture, Literacy Learning: Towards a Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism'. Keynote: Australian Studies Association in Japan Conference

2011 Media Literacy: From Multiculturalism to Transculturalism. Visiting Professor: Keio University

2010 Introduction to Graduation Address speaker, Mr Mervyn Bishop, School of Communication & Creative Industries (CSU)

2010 Passing Through: Cinema’s Voluntary Vectors. Plenary: Film History Association of Australia and New Zealand

2010 Expanding Horizons: Screen Literacy and Global Citizenship. Keynote: ASAJ/Fukushima University

2009 'Dare to Break the Rules.' Graduation Address: School of Communication, CSU

2008 Expanding our Horizons: Teaching and Using Documentaries. Visual Literacies Conference, Keynote: NSWDET

2006 The Denigration of the Visual. Macquarie University (Guest)

2007 Cinema, Censorship and the Abject. Brisbane ARC Biennial Conference

2003 The Concept of the Journey. Keynote: English Teachers Association Annual HSC Conference

2001 Cinema and its Debt to Fine Art. Art Gallery of NSW