2007 Research Fellows

2007 SAR fellow Michelle Baddiley

Michelle Baddiley (Australia/New Zealand)

Project: 1899-1930 Home movie actualities from early Australia: mapping the memory grid

Michelle Baddiley has been an archival researcher/producer for Four Corners since 1995. She is also Senior Researcher (Television) at the ABC Archives. She has previously worked as a researcher for Lateline, 7:30 Report, Foreign Correspondent, The Bottomline, Review, HTTP, The Investigators and Blackout.

She has an honours degree in Cinema Studies, Media Production and Theory from UTS and has completed a Master in Writing (by Research) at the University of Technology, Sydney. She was previously on the editorial board of Filmnews to which she contributed reviews, interviews and feature articles.

She was born in New Zealand and has lived in Sydney since 1988. Her current research interests include early Australian cinema, in particular, home movies; South-east Asian News footage from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and a wide range of social, cultural and political current affairs topics.

2007 SAR fellow Sarah Barns

Sarah Barns (Australia)

Project: Jaywalking Sydney: explores how archival recordings featuring historic locations in Sydney can be made available to mobile users

Sarah Barns has extensive experience working across media, telecommunications and the arts in positions responsible for strategic planning and implementation, research, and cross-media production. Highlights of her career to date include the development of a federal Creative Innovation industry development strategy for the Australia Council for the Arts, the establishment and delivery of Mobile Journeys, a seed funding program for mobile content creators, the establishment of award-winning broadband and interactive television interfaces at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and the generation of new funding mechanisms for digital storytelling across new media platforms. She has commenced a doctor through the Centre for Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney. This builds on her First Class Honours thesis on the politics of built heritage in Fremantle, Western Australia, in the 1970s.

2007 SAR fellow Katrina Chapman

Katrina Chapman (Australia)

Project: Part A. A critical discourse analysis of representation in Australian Aboriginal visual art with core reference to NFSA. Part B. NFSA as a resource for Indigenous Australians – a case study of the work of Katrina Chapman and Ian Waldron

Katrina Chapman’s current work is cultural management, curatorship, writing and research. Her research interests include representation in Australian Aboriginal visual art, urban Aboriginal art and the art of Ian Waldron. Katrina has a Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) from the University of South Australia and her thesis was entitled 'Many voices, Different Pictures: A Critical Discourse of Analysis of Representation in Australian Aboriginal Visual Art’ (2006).

2007 SAR fellow Alex Gerbaz

Alex Gerbaz (Australia)

Project: Innovations in Australian Cinema: a critical survey of Australian experimental films

Alex Gerbaz is a lecturer and tutor in the History of Screen Language, in the Faculty of Media Society and Culture at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. His doctoral work in Cinema Studies was entitled 'Images of Presence: Non-classical Cinema and the Dissolution of the Transcendental Ego’ (2006). His Honours thesis (First class) in Screen Arts was 'The Movie is Not Illusion: Image and Self Image in Dogme 95’ (2002). His research interests include the philosophy of motion pictures, phenomenology, experimental cinema and the films of Michael Haneke.

2007 SAR fellow Alex Gerbaz

Luca Giuliani (Italy)

Project: History of cinema techniques related to film language evolution

Luca Giuliani’s research interests are the history of cinema techniques and technology. He is Associate Professor of History of Cinema at the University of Trieste and is also in charge of extra-film collections at the Cineteca del Friuli. The Cineteca del Friuli in Gemona, Italy is a film archive originated with a private collection, which also provided the basis for the Pordenone Silent Film Festival – a recognized international event, attended by historians, archivists and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Since 2005, Luca has been director of the Colegium Sacilense, the international seminar of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. He has written extensively on Italian film history. He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Film and Theatre Arts from the University of Bologna.

2007 SAR fellow Toni Johnson-Woods

Toni Johnson-Woods (Australia)

Project: Carter Brown Mystery Theatre (Radio Serial)

Toni Johnson-Woods is a lecturer in Media and Communications in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Queensland. Her research interests are the pulp fiction industry in Australia and the USA as well as popular television fiction. She has published a number of books including:

Blame Canada: South Park and Popular Culture (2006)

Pulp: A Collector’s Book of Australian Pulp Fiction Covers (2004)

Big Brother (2002)

A book Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Carter Brown is in preparation.

2007 SAR fellow Garry Lester

Garry Lester (Australia)

Project: Dance as a 'social forum’: re-evaluating the work of Margaret Barr and Kai Tai Chan

Garry Lester is an independent researcher, writer and advocate in the field of dance. He has been involved with company training workshops with Quantum Leap Youth Choreographic Ensemble, Canberra. He has been an advisor on the artistic advisory panel of the Australian Choreographic Centre, Canberra since 1998.

Garry’s career includes dancing/performing, choreographing works in Australia and overseas for a diverse range of professional dance and theatre companies, as well as teaching/lecturing in dance, dance history and choreographic practice. He has a Doctor of Philosophy from Deakin University, Victoria (2000) which was a dissertation on the work of Kai Tai Chan.

His research interests include revealing and disseminating the cultural significance of Australia’s rich non-ballet concert dance history with a particular focus on the work of the choreographer/directors Margaret Barr and Kai Tai Chan.

2007 SAR fellow Leslie Lewis

Leslie Lewis (USA)

Project: Corrick Collection

Leslie Lewis is a graduate of the L Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film (2006) and was the first George Eastman House Exchange Scholar with the NFSA in 2006.

She has a Doctor of Philosophy from Northwestern University, USA. Her dissertation was entitled 'Trading in Withered Flesh: Mummies, Movies and Modernity’ (2006). Leslie’s areas of specialty are Film History, Silent Film, Genre Studies, Documentary Film and Film Theory.

2007 SAR fellow Jill Matthews

Jill Matthews (Australia)

Project: Paper Documents in NFSA: towards a history of independent film distribution and exhibition in Australia 1896-1930

Jill Matthews is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Her research interests include histories of popular culture (particularly silent cinema), modernity and sexuality. She is also interested in Australian cultural, social and gender history. Jill’s doctoral thesis (Adelaide University, 1979) became her first book – Good and Mad Women: The Historical Construction of Femininity in Twentieth Century Australia. Her second book Dance Hall and Picture Palace: Sydney’s Romance with Modernity was published in 2005. She has also been published widely in books and journals on diverse subjects – film history, feminism, sexuality, history and body image. Jill was recently awarded the first Research and Writing Award for best Essay and Best Monograph, by the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (2006).

2007 SAR fellow Michelle Outram

Michelle Outram (Australia)

Project: Develop artworks from actuality audio and visual recordings – political history; producing a paper mapping the development of artistic works utlising archival or other historic materials

Michelle Outram is an independent sound, performance and installation artist. She describes her research interests as including identifying archival materials for re-presenting political and social arguments for use in sound and performance and installation art, which provide historical context to decisions currently being made by the governments of Australia. Michelle completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Class 1) Performance Studies at University of Sydney in 2000.

Some 2006 works include:

  • 'Not the Sound Bite!’ Performance and sound installation presented at Speakers’ Corner, the Domain, Sydney as part of The Terminus Project’s ephemeral public art program. The performances (inside a glass booth) provided humanity and context to a soundtrack of historic recordings of Australian political speeches, developed into audio pieces. The work aimed to draw out formative arguments from Australia’s political history.
  • Lucky Town, a theatre/performance work with installation and interactive elements exploring fundamentalism and totalitarianism.
  • Development of a film installation work with visual artist Michele Theunissen (WA).
2007 SAR fellow John Sharpe

John Sharpe (Australia)

Project: Prepare a book of edited oral histories of jazz musicians held in NFSA’s Australian jazz archive and illustrate it with photographs from the archive’s collection

John Sharpe describes himself as a 'semi-professional jazz musician for the past 40 years’. He holds the position of Chair of the Australian Jazz Archive National Council.

John advises the NFSA on its jazz collection, has conducted oral histories for the NFSA and compiled and keeps up-to-date the National Register of Australian Jazz Interviews.

He has written two books on jazz – A Cool Capital – The Canberra Jazz Scene 1925-2005 (2006) and Don’t Worry Baby. They’ll Swing their Arses Off – the Story of Australian Jazz Musicians (2001). Both are available in the NFSA Library.

2007 SAR Fellow Collette Snowden

Collette Snowden (Australia)

Project: 'Allo, 'allo – who’s that? Representations of Australian use of the telephone and radiophone as depicted in film, and in radio broadcasts

Collette Snowden is the Program Director of Arts Communication and Media Management, in the School of Communication, at the University of South Australia.

Her research interests include the history and sociology of communication technologies, particularly all forms of telephone and radio communication; public understanding of science, technology and engineering; the role of technology in the production of news and information; and social and cultural portrayal of media professionals.

Collette has worked in telecommunications, public relations and journalism, been a ministerial media adviser and radio program producer. She is published in a range of contexts including essays on the development and use of SMS, mobile communication technology and news technologies.

2007 SAR fellow Keiko Tamura

Keiko Tamura (Japan)

Project: Australian perceptions of Japanese Arrivals: an analysis of moving images 1920-1970

Keiko Tamura is a research fellow in the Division of Pacific and Asian History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, at the Australian National University. She has also been senior researcher on the Australia-Japan Research project at the Australian War Memorial (2006). She was the Japan Foundation Fellow in 2005, and was a visiting fellow at the faculty of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kobe University. She was a Harold White Fellow, National Library of Australia (2002), her project focusing on westerners’ experience of living in Kobe in 1930s and 1950s. Her doctoral thesis in Anthropology was entitled 'Border Crossings: Japanese War Brides and their Selfhood’ (2000).

Keiko has written and co-written a number of books related to these projects and contributed chapters and academic papers on Japanese-Australian wartime experiences. She has recorded many oral histories and has been interviewed for Australian radio and television – Foreign Correspondent, Hindsight, Verbatim and SBS World View – providing historical and social background material.

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