Jodi Brooks

Senior Lecturer, Film Studies
Senior Lecturer

I began teaching Film Studies at UNSW in 1997 when I joined what was then the School of Theatre and Film. Prior to taking up this position I had been a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne (1994-1997) and a Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Technology (1991-1994). In 1996 I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Davis, where I taught courses in both the gender studies and critical theory programs. I have always been interested in finding new ways of teaching and understanding our evolving screen culture and its diverse forms and histories. When I took up a position at UNSW in 1997 it was because it had one of the largest and longest running Film Studies programs in the country and so offered an ideal "home" for someone passionate about Film Studies. Over the last two decades Film Studies at UNSW has expanded and evolved in exciting ways. Alongside my research and teaching I have also been involved in curating film programs, worked in community media organisations, served on advisory committees and panels for various organisations including the National Library of Australia's Film and Video Collection and the Sydney International Film Festival, and was one of the co-founders of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.


recently published:

Jodi Brooks (2019) Olive Kitteridge (Lisa Cholodenko, 2014), quality television and difficult women: female discontent in the age of binge-viewing, Feminist Media Studies, 19:7, 944-961



Book Chapters
Brooks J, 2017, 'Gender Matters: Gender Policy and the Rewriting of the Mother-Daughter narrative in Contemporary Australian Women's Filmmaking', in Ryan MD; Goldsmith B (ed.), Australian Screen in the 2000s, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 143 - 164,
Brooks J, 2015, 'Laurel Canyon: Lacuscular Cinema', in Perkins C; Verevis C (ed.), US Independent Filmmaking After 1989: Possible Films,eds. Claire Perkins and Constantine Verevis, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 133 - 148
Brooks J, 2013, '"Invisibility's Beat: Ralph Ellison, Rhythm, and Cinema's Blind Field', in Hoogstad, JH (ed.), Off Beat: Pluralizing Rhythm, edn. Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race, Rodopi, Amsterdam - New York, NY, pp. 149 - 168,
Brooks J, 2011, 'The State of the Discipline: Film Studies as Bad Object', in Vassilieva J; Verevis C (ed.), After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image, edn. Original, Routledge,
Brooks J, 2004, ''Worrying the Note': inaudible beats in the gangsta film', in Drobnick J (ed.), Aural Cultures, edn. Original, YYZ Books, Toronto, pp. 157 - 168
Brooks J, 1999, 'Crisis and the everyday: some thoughts on gesture and crisis in Cassavetes and Benjamin', in Falling for you: essays on cinema and performance, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, Australia, pp. 73 - 104
Brooks J, 1999, 'Performing aging/performance crisis for Norma Desmond, Baby Jane, Margo Channing, Sister George - and Myrtle', in Figuring age: women, bodies, generations, edn. Original, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana USA, pp. 232 - 247
Brooks J, 1995, 'Between Contemplation and Distraction: Cinema, Obsession & Involuntary Memory', in Jayamanne L (ed.), Kiss Me Deadly: Feminism and Cinema for the Moment, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, pp. 77 - 90
Journal articles
Brooks J, 2019, 'Olive Kitteridge (Lisa Cholodenko, 2014), Quality Television and Difficult Women: Female Discontent in the Age of Binge-Viewing', Feminist Media Studies,
Brooks J; Davis T; Perkins C, 2018, '“Women, film and independence in the 21st century: A public forum.”', Fusion Journal,
Brooks J, 2014, 'The Kids Are All Right, the Pursuits of Happiness, and the Spaces Between', Camera Obscura: a journal of feminism and film theory, vol. 29, pp. 111 - 135,
Brooks J, 2012, 'Missed Beats: Unseen Cinema and a Cinema of the Unseen (or Stella Dallas, Again)', Screening the Past, vol. 34,
Brooks J; Davis T, 2012, 'Untimely Cinema: Cinema Out of Time', Screening the Past, vol. 34,
Brooks J, 2011, 'Cinema, Disappearance, and Scale in David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006)', Screening the Past,
Brooks J, 2010, 'The state of the discipline: film studies as bad object', Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 24, pp. 791 - 797,
Brooks J, 2010, 'teaching bad objects: introduction', Continuum - Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 24, pp. 787 - 789,
Brooks J, 2007, 'The Lure of the Breach: Invisibility and the Dissolution of Cinematic Vision', Screening the Past, vol. 22, pp. Online - Online,
Brooks J, 2006, 'The last `Darky`: Bert williams, black-on-black minstrelsy, and the African diaspora.', Screening the Past, vol. 20, pp. online
Brooks J, 2003, 'Ghosting the machine: the sounds of tap and the sounds of film', Screen, vol. 44, pp. 355 - 378,
Brooks J, 2003, 'Jodi Brooks reviews Arthur Knight, Disintegrating the musical: black performance and American musical film', Screening the Past, vol. Issue,
Brooks J, 2001, 'The sound of knocking: Jacques Becker`s Le trou', Screening the Past, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 13
Brooks J, 2001, 'Worrying the note: mapping time in the gangsta film', Screen (Oxford), vol. 42, pp. 363 - 381,
Brooks J, 2001, 'Performing aging / performance crisis (for Norma Desmond, Baby Jane, Margo Channing, Sister George and Myrtle)', Senses of Cinema, vol. 16, pp. On the internet - On the internet,
Brooks J, 2000, 'Jonathan Crary, suspensions of perception: spectacle, and modern culture', Screening the Past, vol. 11
Brooks J, 1998, 'The force of the image', UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing, pp. 180 - 187
Brooks J, 1997, 'Rituals of the Filmic Body', Writings on Dance, vol. 17, pp. 15 - 29
Brooks J; Hurley M; Raymond L, 1995, 'Queer Media', Media International Australia, vol. 78, pp. 4 - 4,
Brooks J, 1992, 'Fascination and the grotesque:Whatever happened to baby Jane?', Continuum, vol. 5, pp. 225 - 234,
Brooks J, 1989, '"Consumed by Cinematic Monstrosity"', Art & Text, vol. 34, pp. 79 - 94
Brooks J; Ford J; Robson M; Williams K (eds.), 2018, "Intersections in Film and Media Studies." Special issue of fusion, edited by J. Brooks, J. Ford, M. Robson and K. Williams, Charles Sturt University,
Brooks J; Davis T (ed.), 2012, Untimely Cinema: Cinema out of time, eds Jodi Brooks and Therese Davis. Special issue of Screening the Past,
Brooks J; Hurley M; Raymond L (eds.), 1995, Queer Media, Special issue of Media International Australia, SAGE Publications,

Jodi's research and teaching have been recognised through the following awards:

  • FASS Dean's Learning & Teaching Award (2014) for Outstanding Track Record in Higher Degree Research Supervision.
  • ARC Postgraduate Council Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award (2014)
  • Screen (Oxford University Press) Award for Excellence in Screen Studies (UK, 2002) for the essay "Ghosting the Machine: the sounds of tap and the sounds of film" Screen 44.4.
  • Humanities Research Program Dissertation Award, 1998, University of New South Wales for thesis: Benjamin for Girls: Cinema, Spectatorship, Fascination”

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