Jane Mills

Associate Professor
Honorary Associate Professor

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.

Publications

Books

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.

2012      ‘Visual 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.

 

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Mills J, 2012, Jedda, Original, Currency Press + NFSA, Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., http://www.currency.com.au/product_detail.aspx?productid=2420
2012
Mills J, 2009, Loving and Hating Hollywood: Reframing Global and Local Cinemas, 1, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, N.S.W., https://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781741756647
2009
Mills J, 2001, The Money Shot: Cinema, Sin & Censorship, paperback, Pluto Press, Annandale, NSW
2001
Book Chapters
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Mills J, 2018, 'Representations and hybridizations in first nation cinema: Change and newness by fusion', in Danks A; Gaunson S; Kunze PC (ed.), American-Australian Cinema: Transnational Connections, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 67 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66676-1_4
2018
Mills J; Maddison S, 2016, 'Settler Colonialism and Genocide in Australia', in Friedman, JC; Hewitt WL (ed.), The History of Genocide in Cinema: Atrocities on Screen, I.B. Tauris, London, pp. 16 - 30, http://www.ibtauris.com/en/Books/Humanities/History/History%20earliest%20times%20to%20present%20day/20th%20century%20history%20c%201900%20%20to%20c%202000/The%20History%20of%20Genocide%20in%20Cinema%2
2016
Chen BJ; Mills JD; Janitz C; Janitz M, 2016, 'RNA-sequencing to elucidate early patterns of dysregulation underlying the onset of Alzheimer's disease', in Systems Biology of Alzheimer's Disease, pp. 327 - 347, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2627-5_20
2016
Mills J, 2014, 'Sojourner Sydney: Looking from the Outside', in Mitchell N (ed.), World Film Locations: Sydney, edn. World Film Locations, Intellect Books, London, http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5107/
2014
Mills J, 2014, '‘Screening otherness: The potential of screen literacy learning for cosmopolitan knowledge and understanding’', in Chiba S (ed.), Eiga Kyouiku No Jissentekikenkyu ~cineliteracy kyouiku no kanousei wo saguru [Film Education Research: What Can Cine-literacy Do], Japan Institute of Moving Image, Shin-yuri, Japan, pp. 52 - 62
2014
Mills J, 2013, 'Screen Literacy: Its Social, Cultural and Educational Implications and Applications', in Drinkwater MA (ed.), Beyond Textual Literacy: Visual Literacy for Creative & Critical Inquiry, edn. Original, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, pp. 289 - 299, http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/publishing/id-press/ebooks/beyond-textual-literacy
2013
Mills J, 2013, 'The Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Canon', in Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive, edn. Original, http://www.sff.org.au/media/768582/jane_mills_essay_final_jm_jp.pdf
2013
Mills J, 2012, 'Hollywood: Bad Cinema's Bad "Other"', in Vassileva J; Verevis C (ed.), After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 25 - 35, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415679268/
2012
Journal articles
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Mills J, 2019, 'Yol: The Full Version (Yilmaz Guney 2017)', Cinema Reborn
2019
Mills J, 2015, 'Bordering Activity in Ivan Sen’s Film Toomelah', Screening The Past, http://www.screeningthepast.com/issue-39/
2015
Mills J, 2014, 'Sojourner Cinema: Seeking and Researching A New Cinematic Category', Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media, vol. 55, pp. 140 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.13110/framework.55.1.0140
2014
Mills J, 2014, 'Changing Patterns and Critical Dialogues: New Uses of Literacy', Fusion, vol. n/a, pp. n/a, http://www.fusion-journal.com/issue/005-fusion-changing-patterns-and-critical-dialogues-new-uses-of-literacy/
2014
Mills J, 2013, 'From confusion to fusion: The birth of a new academic, peer-reviewed, online journal', Fusion, vol. 11, http://www.fusion-journal.com/issue/001-fusion/from-confusion-to-fusion-the-birth-of-a-new-academic-peer-reviewed-online-journal/
2013
Mills J; Green B, 2013, 'Popular Screen Culture and Digital Communication Technology in Literacy Learning: Toward a New Pedagogy of Cosmopolitanism', JOURNAL OF POPULAR FILM AND TELEVISION, vol. 41, pp. 109 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01956051.2013.787355
2013
Hill B; Mills J, 2013, 'Situating the 'Beyond': Adventure-Learning and Indigenous Cultural Competence', Discourse. Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol. 34, pp. 63 - 76, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2012.698864
2013
Mills J, 2011, 'Making Mini-Movies: The Mobile Phone as a Resource for a New Cosmopolitan Pedagogy', Journal of the Australian Studies Association in Japan (ASAJ), vol. 2011, pp. 27 - 34
2011
Mills J, 2010, 'Mapping Australia: Cinematic Cartographies of (Dis)Location', Senses of Cinema, http://sensesofcinema.com/2010/feature-articles/mapping-australia-cinematic-cartographies-of-dislocation/
2010
Mills J, 2010, 'Expanding Horizons: Screen Literacy and Global Citizenship', English in Australia, vol. 45, pp. 39 - 45, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=411566050765142;res=IELHSS
2010
Mills J, 2009, 'First Nation Cinema: Hollywood’s Indigenous Other', Screening the Past, vol. 24, http://tlweb.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/screeningthepast/current/issue-24.html
2009
Mills J, 2009, 'Mapping Australia: Cinematic Cartographies of (Dis)Location', Senses of Cinema, vol. 55, http://sensesofcinema.com/2010/feature-articles/mapping-australia-cinematic-cartographies-of-dislocation/
2009
Media
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Mills J, 2018, Interview with Bruce Miller, Showrunner of 'The Handmaid's Tale', 9Honey Celebrity: Channel 9, https://www.nine.com.au, https://celebrity.nine.com.au/2018/12/14/18/09/handmaids-tale-bruce-miller-interview
2018
Mills J, 2018, "A TV Expert Spills On The Year's Most Talked-About Sex Scene", WHIMN (With Her In Mind Network - News Corp Australia), https://www.newscorpaustralia.com/brand/whimn/, https://www.whimn.com.au/play/unwind/a-tv-expert-spills-on-the-years-most-talkedabout-sex-scene/news-story/95213e5aedaab76f28b68ed5bbeee020
2018
Mills J, 2018, Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci on the occasion of their deaths, ABC Radio National, Ultimo, Australia, https://tunein.com/podcasts/Film/The-Final-Cut-p52837/?topicId=127528750
2018