Dr Hester Joyce
Senior Lecturer and Discipline Coordinator in Creative Arts and Media Arts, consultant in the creative industries, practitioner in screenplay development, screen production and performance.
Senior Lecturer, Creative Arts & English
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Creative Arts and English
HU2 324, Melbourne (Bundoora)
PhD (Auckland), MA (1st ) BA
Membership of professional associations
2005-15 Professional Member, Australian Academy of Film and Television Arts/Australian Film Institute, Australian Writers Guild, MIFF, 2009-15 Screenwriting Research Network
Area of study
Hester recently completed a Harry Ransom Fellowship at University of Austin Texas on The Aesthetics Performativity and Poetics of Scene Text in Screenwriting Practice. The research examines screenplay material chosen from a range of archived and industry-sourced shooting scripts.
As a member (2013- present) of the editorial board of the Journal of Screenwriting she is co-editor on three recent editions (JOS 5.3, 6.1, 6.3).
Recent appointments include 2015 (Jan-Jun) Acting Director: Higher Degree by Research / School Graduate Research Coordinator, 2015 (Jan-Jun) Acting Head of Department Creative Arts & English, 2014 (May-Dec) Deputy Executive Dean, Humanities & Social Sciences.
- Practice-led research, Screenwriting, Screenplay development, Professional writing
Film and Television
- Practice-led research, policy analysis, biography, aesthetics
HUS1PWR - Professional Writing: Words in Action. CST3CIP - Creative Industries Research. CST3SED - Script Development.
CRA2VER - Versions: Thinking through Creative Arts
CRA3SHF - Shopfront: POP-UP Gallery
MSS3ADS - Screenwriting Project
Previously worked in Australian and New Zealand as a private consultant in the creative industries in cultural institutions including AFI, Film Victoria, TVNZ, and NZonAir.
Books and Monographs
Dunleavy, Trisha & Hester Joyce (2011) New Zealand Film & Television: Institution, Industry & Cultural Change Intellect, UK
Joyce, Hester (2015) ‘Defying the Odds: Women Screenwriters in Aotearoa/New Zealand’, History of Female Screenwriters eds Jule Selbo and Jill Nelmes, Palgrave Macmillan. DEST-B1.
Joyce, Hester (2014) ‘Beyond the Screenplay: family relations in three films by Gaylene Preston’, Screenwriters and Screenwriting, editor Craig Batty, Palgrave Macmillan. DEST-B1.
Joyce, Hester (2013) ‘Toanga (Maori treasures): Maori Storytelling in the Cinema of Aotearoa/New Zealand.’ World Storytelling and the Cinema Wallflower Press (ed) Lina Khatib DEST- B1.
Joyce, Hester (2012) ‘Making nation: Utu (Geoff Murphy, 1983).’ Screening Australian and New Zealand Histories. (ed) James Bennett (DEST- B1).
Joyce, Hester (2007) ‘Once Were Warriors’. 24 Frames: The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand, Wallflower Press, co-editors: Geoff Mayer and Keith Beattie. 157-167. DEST- B1.
Joyce, Hester (2007) ‘Runaway’. 24 Frames: The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand, Wallflower Press, co-editors: Geoff Mayer and Keith Beattie. 83-91. DEST- B1. FoR CODE 1902.
Joyce, Hester (2015) ‘Cargo Cults: Key Moments in Establishing Screenwriting in the New Zealand Film Commission’, Journal of Screenwriting 6.1 DEST- C1.
Joyce, Hester & Catherine Joyce (2013) ‘Afrika Ants’, TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses 17. 2 (co-written) DEST- C1. ERA-A+
Joyce, Hester (2013) Capture (wri/prod/dir) Short film exhibition at launch of Unlikely, Journal of La Trobe University Centre for Creative Arts, December 2013
Joyce, Hester (2013) Capture (wri/prod/dir) Short film & essay.
Joyce, Hester (2009) ‘Out from Nowhere: Pakeha anxieties in Ngati (Barclay 1987), Once Were Warriors (Tamahori, 1994) and Whalerider (Caro, 2002)’. Studies in Australasian Cinema 3.3. DEST- C1. ERA-B.
Joyce, Hester & Scott Wilson (2009) ‘Bad Form: Contemporary Cinema’s Turn to the Perverse. David Lynch: Lost Highway (1997); Lars von Trier: Breaking the Waves (1996).’ Colloquy Issue 18 http://colloquy.monash.edu.au/issue018/index.html DEST- C1. ERA-B.
Joyce, Hester (2005) ‘A Sting in the Tale: quirky New Zealand films’. MIA: A Clever Little Country 117: 55-63. DEST- C1. ERA-A.
Joyce, Hester (2005) ‘Hollywood Bound: Peter Jackson’s Braindead (1992) in development’. Metro 146/147:116-122. DEST- C1. ERA-C.
Creative Publications (as Script Consultant)
Fishskin Suit, dir. Peter Burger, wri. Briar Grace-Smith. TV3 10 Jan. 2001. SBS 14 March 2004.
Staunch, dir/wri Keith Hunter, co-wri.Toa Fraser. TV3 3 Oct. 2000.
Love Mussell, dir. Michael Hurst, wri. Stephen Sinclair. TV 3 19 July 2001.
Woodenhead (Florian Habicht, 2003) Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), 2004 STIGG Film Fest (Spain) 2004.
Montana Sunday Theatre (1-hour television dramas – both finalists in NZ Film and TV Awards 1996 Screenwriting Category)
Sure to Rise (Niki Caro, 1993) Actor - http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/sure-to-rise-1993
Plain tastes (Niki Caro, 1995) Script editor, actor - http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/plain-tastes-1995
Forbidden Memories (1997) Co-writer with Douglas Wright. Adaptation of I am Elijah Thrush (James Purdy) for Douglas Wright Dance Company. Maidment Theatre, Auckland, Feb.1997.
Buried Venus (1996) Dramaturge - Douglas Wright Dance Company. NZ National Tour, July 1996
Aesthetics, Poetics and Perfomativity in Screenplays
Biography and screen memoir: Afrika project
Aesthetics, Poetics and Prefomativity in Screenplays
Performing Mobilities: The Ghan project (2016)