2009 Research Fellows

Lynne Carmichael

Lynne Carmichael

Project: Music Broadcasting in Australia 1940 – 1949: Discography

Dates of Fellowship: 2 February – 27 February 2009

This project will investigate music broadcasting in the 1940s with an aim to analyse ABC and non-ABC broadcasts/recordings, genre patterns, wartime and postwar patterns with a view to developing a discography.

Lynne is the Coordinator of Music Collections at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has a long career in library management in South Australia and NSW. Her research interests encompass music collections and metadata, popular culture in society and the identification/description of musical genres.

Bruno Starrs

D Bruno Starrs

Project: Dutch Tilt – Aussie Auteur: the Films of Rolf de Heer

Dates of Fellowship: 2 February – 3 April 2009

This project has the aim of examining the films and associated documentation of director Rolf de Heer with a view to extending our understanding of this Australian filmmaker.

A published novelist and playwright, Bruno was recently awarded his PhD by the Queensland University of Technology for a thesis entitled 'Aural Auteur: Sound in the Films of Rolf de Heer’. The dissertation was a comprehensive aural analysis of de Heer’s twelve feature films, with a focus on psychoanalytic film sound theory. This NFSA SAR project, however, has the goal of completing a general readership version of the PhD thesis and has resulted in the publication of the book Dutch Tilt, Aussie Auteur: The Films of Rolf de Heer (2009, Saarsbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag).

John Elliott

John Elliott

Project: A Sense of Place – The Story of the Australian Bush Ballad

Dates of Fellowship: 3 February – 27 February 2009

This project aims to explore the origins of the Australian bush ballad and its evolution, documenting the early days of recording, its connection with Indigenous Australia and how it has grown into a thriving contemporary art form. It will ask the questions ‘What is a bush ballad?’ and ‘Is the bush ballad relevant in today’s Australia?’

John is a photographer, writer, filmmaker and cultural commentator with nine books to his credit including On the Road with Slim Dusty (2002, ABC Books) and Where Country Is – A Pictorial History of the Past 20 Years of Australian Country Music (2006). He was the founding editor of Australian Country Music Magazine and has produced a number of music-related documentaries including the recent Winton – Home of the Legend of Matilda (2008) and Road Through The Heart (2008).

Sylvia Lawson

Sylvia Lawson

Project: History, Memory and Cinema

Dates of Fellowship: 6 April – 1 May 2009

The project aims to examine Australian cultural and intellectual life from the postwar years into the 1970s, with a view to opening up forgotten areas of local cultural and media history.

Sylvia writes history, journalism and fiction. Her work includes the award-winning The Archibald Paradox (1983, re-issued by Melbourne University Press 2006) on the early Sydney Bulletin; a prize-winning group of stories and essays, How Simone de Beauvoir Died in Australia (2002, UNSW Press); and The Outside Story (2002, Hardie Grant), a novel centred on the early history of the Sydney Opera House.

Romaine Moreton

2009 Indigenous Research Fellow

Romaine Moreton

Project: Recovering Light: From Visual Anthropology to Visual Sovereignty

Dates of Fellowship: 4 June – 2 September 2009

Dr Romaine Moreton specialises in Indigenous philosophy and knowledge with a focus on media technology and communication, informed by her experience as a practitioner of film, performance art and as an academic. Romaine is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Umulliko Higher Education Research Centre of the University of Newcastle. The ABC will air her most recent short film The Farm in 2009.

Romaine will be joining the NFSA for 3 months from June – September 2009 examining the history of ethnography with the intention of reframing the ethnographic works held at the NFSA through traditional and contemporary Indigenous philosophical frameworks of interpretation. 'Recovering Light: From Visual Anthropology to Visual Sovereignty’ will explore how ethnographic works impacted upon presuppositions of Indigenous philosophy, including epistemology (how/what we know), metaphysics (what is), science (stories), and ethics (practices), and Indigenous representation within Australian cinematic narratives, culminating in the assertion and acknowledgement of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) rights in contemporary Indigenous media-making practices.

Kathryn Millard

Kathryn Millard

Project: Begin With the Light – a cross-platform documentary on light and the imagination focused around the images of Adelaide

Dates of Fellowship: 17 June – 22 July 2009

This project aims to investigate the aesthetics of remix culture and ‘city symphony’ films through the development of a creative work and scholarly writing. The documentary will assemble, juxtapose and rework archival and new images of Adelaide to create an individual and collective portrait of a place, and further our understanding of the unique qualities of Australian light.

Dr Kathryn Millard is an academic and filmmaker, currently Associate Professor in Screenwriting and Production in the Department of Media, Macquarie University. Her recent film credits include the feature-length essay film The Boot Cake (2008), Travelling Light (2003) and the short feature Parklands (1996). She has also written, produced and directed dramatised documentaries for ABC and SBS television.

Kumi Kato

Kumi Kato

Project: Sound, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability – Evolution of the Whaling Debate in Contemporary Australia

Dates of Fellowship: 4 May – 29 May 2009 and 10 August – 4 September 2009

Professor Kato’s Fellowship will allow her to research two projects. The first project aims to examine the development of the ethical debate and awareness shift in the Australian whaling debates via news reports, recorded sound and other archival materials. The second project aims to compile 150 sounds/voices of Queensland to celebrate Queensland’s 150th anniversary of statehood in 2009.

Professor Kumi Kato is Professor of Environmental Studies at Wakayama National University in Japan, Research Director of the UN Global Compact (Japan) and Global Cities Institute (Osaka/Kansai) at RMIT University and a Visiting Lecturer for the Postgraduate Environmental Program at University of Melbourne. Her research interests focus on sound as a representation of human-nature connectivity, sense of place and soundscape as a holistic framework for environmental conservation.

Joanne Scott

Joanne Scott

Project: Visual Delights – Exploring a history of Australian Agricultural Shows through Film

Dates of Fellowship: 20 July – 28 August 2009

The project’s aim is twofold – first, to extend understanding of the history of agricultural shows in Australia through a focus on film footage; and secondly, to extend understanding of the possibilities and limits of historical research based on film, using agricultural shows as a case study.

Dr Joanne Scott is Associate Professor of History and Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Joanne has written widely on Australia’s social and cultural history, most recently as co-author of Showtime: A History of the Brisbane Exhibition (2008, UQP) and is a member of the Australian Historical Association’s Executive Committee.

Catherine Falk

Catherine Falk

Project: Australia’s Engagement with the Performing Arts of Asia

Dates of Fellowship: 7 September – 30 October 2009

The aim of this project is to identify, annotate and contextualise the NFSA’s audiovisual holdings which relate to the performing arts of Asia, the Pacific and the countries of the Indian Ocean.

Professor Catherine Falk is an ethnomusicologist and is currently Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne. She has engaged for over 30 years with the performing arts of Asia and the Pacific through scholarship, fieldwork, teaching and entrepreneurial promotion.

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson

Project: Jazz and the Construction of Australian Identity: Place, History, Style

Dates of Fellowship: 8 October – 8 December 2009

This project aims to investigate the shifting relationship between jazz and Australian identity with particular reference to the period from the 1930s through to the 1950s.

Professor Bruce Johnson is one of Australia’s most distinguished jazz historians. Bruce is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University (NSW); Honorary Professor at the Department of Music at Glasgow University (Scotland); and Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural History at University of Turku (Finland). His teaching and research have ranged from the Renaissance to Modernity, and his career publication list runs to nearly 400 items, from encyclopaedia entries to major reference works including The Oxford Companion to Australian Jazz. He is a jazz musician, record producer, award-winning broadcaster, and was the prime mover in setting up the Australian Jazz Archives at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Elizabeth Lea

Elizabeth Lea

Project: Touring dance artists in Australia in the 1920s.

Dates of Fellowship: 20 October – 20 November 2009

The aims of this research project are twofold – to establish the effects dance artists touring Australia in the 1920s had on the early Australian dance scene, and to research footage of artists inspired by India who created work in Australia. How did their work affect the development of the Australian dance world?

Liz is a freelance dancer and choreographer, specialising in the field of contemporary South Asian dance. She is the Artistic Director of Liz Lea Dance – a small-scale touring company based in the United Kingdom. She has toured her diverse range of solo works internationally over the last 15 years. In 2009 Liz is an Associate Director with QL2, the Canberra Centre for Youth Dance.

Richard Ashton

Richard Ashton

Project: History of Cummings & Wilson Projectors

Dates of Fellowship: 2 November – 30 November 2009

The aim of this project is to document the history of two little-remembered Australian companies involved in the manufacture of projection and sound reproduction. Cummings & Wilson were projector manufacturers from 1922 and Raycophone Ltd manufactured sound reproduction projector heads from 1929.

Richard has over 40 years experience in the Australian television industry as a cameraman, producer and director at TVW7 in Perth. Now retired, he assists TVW7 with their film library, early film projection and historical television equipment collection on a voluntary basis. He is also the official researcher and librarian of the Australian Museum of Motion Picture Technology (Western Region).

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