Dr Sue

Dr Sue Gillett

Senior Lecturer

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Creative Arts and English

Arts: 2.19, Bendigo


BA Hons (LaT), Dip Ed (Melb), PhD (LaT)



Membership of professional associations

Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP); Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM); Melbourne Poets Union

Area of study

Creative Writing

Brief profile

Sue Gillett is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing. She has authored two books, edited one anthology, and has had more than 30 articles and book chapters published in Australia and internationally. Sue has received 3 university awards in recognition of her teaching contributions, including the Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010, and, in 2013,  the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Service Above and Beyond, in recognition of her contribution to the establishment and steering of La Trobe University's partnership with Bendigo Writers Festival. Sue was editor-in-chief of Melbourne Poets Union from 2008 - 2013. Sue is experienced in the artistic direction, management and marketing of cultural and community events.

Research interests

Gender, Culture, Sexuality

- Feminist film theory and media analysis

- Postcolonial theory and representations

Literary Studies

- Creative writing, contemporary poetry and song

Screen and Media Culture

- Contemporary Australian cinema

- Contemporary women film makers

Teaching units

CRA1PWR - Professional Writing (Bendigo)

HUM3WIA - Writers in Action: Writing the Festival (multi-campus) - available in Winter semester (at the Mildura Writers Festival) and 2nd semester (at the Bendigo Writers Festival)

CRA2ECA - Exhibiting Culture A  (multi-campus)

CRA3ECB - Exhibiting Culture B (multi-campus)


Recent publications


 Selected refereed articles and book chapters


  • Author interviews at the Bendigo Writers Festival (2012-14) and Clunes Booktown (2012): David Marr; Alice Pung; Arnold Zable; Les Murray; Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman; Angela Savage; David Bridie; Shane Howard; Charles Jenkins; Liz Stringer; Robin de Crespigny; Sara James; Robert Kenny; Gabrielle Wang; Craig Sherborne; Keith Austin
  • Historical Justice and Memory Conference, Melbourne 2012. 'I know that face: Murundak and The Black Arm Band'
  • Creativity and Madness Conference – Psychological Studies of Art and Artists (AIMED), Spain 2008. ‘Poetry’s will to sanity against the madness of war: Pablo Neruda’s ‘Spain in our Hearts.'
  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference, 2006. University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, July. ‘Halo: a personal testimony.’
  • History and Film Conference, 2006. (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, November), ‘Songlines: Lyrical reconciliation in Rachel Perkins’ films’.

Older publications


  • “We don’t want to watch this”: the boy-child’s gaze in Jane Campion’s Sweetie,’ Metro, no. 151, December 2006.
  • 'Engaging Medusa: Competing myths and fairy-tales in In the Cut', Senses of Cinema, nd Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, April-June, issue 31, 2004.
  • 'A pleasure to watch: Jane Campion's narrative cinema', Screening the Past,  March 2001.
  • 'Never a native: deconstructing home and heart in Holy Smoke!', Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, April, issue 5, 2000.
  • ‘Just Women: Marlene Gorris's Antonia's Line,’ Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 2001.
  • 'Angel from the mirror city: Jane Campion's Janet Frame', Senses of Cinema, November, issue 10, 2000.
  • ‘More Than Meets The Eye: The Mediation of Affects in Jane Campion's Sweetie,’ Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 1999.


  • Jane Campion: Nation, Cinema, Identity Colloquium, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2006. Invited discussant.
  • Musicology Society of Australia Conference, Sydney Conservatorium, 2005. ‘“Flight: Concert for Refugees”: Multi-vocal engagement with the plight of refugees.’
  • Association of Australian Writers Conference, Curtin University, Perth, 2005. “I tell, therefore you are”: The Handmaid’s Alchemy (in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Open to View: Perspectives on Childhood in Images and Illustrations (Liverpool, November 2005), ‘Witness the child: children’s perspectives in Jane Campion’s Sweetie and The Piano’.
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image Lounge Critic 2005 Launch: ‘Desperate Housewives: Ladies Who Lunch’
  • CACLALS (Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Study), Winnepeg, June 2004. ‘Rewriting “Great” War Stories: Sex and Violence in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, Anne-Marie MacDonald's Fall on Your Knees and Elizabeth Jolley’s My Father’s Moon’.
  • Australian Teachers Of Media Conference, Melbourne, July 2004. ‘Through the eyes of a child: Jane Campion’s child characters.’ 

Research projects

Embedding teaching in cultural events: festivals and galleries.