Dr Felicity Collins

Reader, Associate Professor

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Creative Arts and English

Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Communication – NSWIT), Phd (UTS).



Area of study

Cinema Studies

Brief profile

Felicity Collins has published widely on Australian screen culture, its institutions, feminist interventions and popular genres including an ARC funded project on Screen Comedy and the National. Since the publication of Australian Cinema After Mabo (Cambridge University Press, 2004) she has worked on screen memory, the ethics of recognition and the politics of reconciliation in feature films, documentaries and television series. She is writing a monograph on the Blak Wave's transformation of television genres, and is collaborating on an app project, Where Do You Think You Are?, piloted with school communities and Greater Southern Rail in July 2016.

Research interests

Film and Television

- Australian national cinema and television genres

Gender, Culture, Sexuality

- Gender, performance and spectatorship theory

Screen and Media Culture

- Indigenous production and settler-colonial screen cultures

Teaching units

MSS2SSB Screen & Sound 2

MSS2PER Screen & Sound Performance

MSS3SCI Screen Cutlure: Landscape and Collective Identities

MSS4IAM Issues and Methods

Recent publications

Edited Journal Issues

Collins, F. and Landman, J. (guest editors) Decolonizing Screens: Studies in Australasian Cinema (double issue) 7.2-3 (2013).

Bye, S., Collins, F. and Turnbull, S. (guest editors) Television and the National: Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 24.3 (2010).

Collins, F., Turnbull, S. and Bye, S. (guest editors) Television Comedy and Light Entertainment: Media International Australia, 134 (2010).

Scholarly book chapters

Collins, F. ‘A Hungry Public: Stranger Relationality and the Blak Wave’, in P. David Marshall et al (eds) Contemporary Publics, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Collins, F. ‘After Dispossession: Blackfella Films and the Politics of Radical Hope’, in Yannis Tzioumakis and Claire Molloy (eds) The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics, London: Routledge, 2016.

Collins, F. ‘Reconciliation and the History Wars in Australian Cinema’, in Stuart Ward and Katie Holmes (eds), Exhuming Passions: Memory and the Uses of the Past in Ireland and Australia, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011.

Collins, F.  and T. Davis. ‘Remembering the Lost Child and Black Tracker in Australian Cinema’, in Lucy Burke, Simon Faulkner and Jim Aulich (eds), The Politics of Cultural Memory, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.

Refereed journal articles

Collins, F. 'Disturbing the Peace: The ghost in beDevil  and The Darkside' ,  Critical Arts (forthcoming, dossier on Reconciliation and Screen Cultures) 2017.

Collins, F. 'Soft Targets: Missing women, inisidious violence and proxy performance', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (forthcoming, special issue) 2017.

Collins, F. ‘Rachel Perkins: Creating Change Through Blackfella Films’, Senses of Cinema, 69, December 2013. http://sensesofcinema.com/2013/issue-69-december-2013/rachel-perkins-creating-change-through-blackfella-films/

Collins, F. and Landman, J. ‘Decolonizing Settler-Colonial and Pacific Screens’, Editorial essay, Studies in Australasian Cinema, 7.2-3, 2013 (95-100).

Collins, F. ‘Blackfella Films: Decolonizing Urban Aboriginality in Redfern Now’, Studies in Australasian Cinema, 7.2-3, 2013 (215-225). [No. 2 on SAC Most Read list]

Collins, F. ‘Tarnished Memory: Emily’s Story and My Family Tree’, Memory Studies, 6.3, 2013 (273-285).        [LTU Publication Award]

Collins, F. ‘Beyond Multiculturalism: Ethical Journeys in Japanese Story’, The Otemon Journal of Australian Studies, 36.25, 2010 (111-129).

Collins, F. ‘After the Apology: Re-framing Violence and Suffering in First Australians, Australia and Samson and Delilah’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 24.1, 2010 (65-77). Reprinted in Mick Broderick and Antonio Traverso (eds), Interrogating Trauma: Collective Suffering in Global Arts and Media, London and New York, Routledge, 2010 (65-77).






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Older publications


Collins, F Davis, T 2004, Australian Cinema After Mabo, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Collins, F 1999, The Films of Gillian Armstrong, Melbourne: The Moving Image/ATOM.  

Book chapters and Journal Articles

Collins, F 2009, ‘Resisting the Ethical Violence of Coercive Aboriginality: David Gulpilil’, in Postcolonial Celebrity, ed. Clarke R, Cambridge Scholars Press, 189-207.

Collins, F 2009, ‘Wogboys and the Australian National Type’, in Diasporas of Australian Cinema, ed. Murawska R et al. Intellect, 73-82.

Collins, F 2009, ‘Larrikin Ockers and Decent Blokes: The national type in Australian film comedy’, in Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies Reader, ed. Sarwal A et al. Delhi: SSS Publications, 154-165.

Collins, F 2008, ‘History, Myth and Allegory in Australian Cinema’, Trames, Memory Between Disciplines, 12.3, 276-286.

Collins, F 2008, ‘The Ethical Violence of Celebrity Chat: Russell Crowe and David Gulpilil’, Social Semiotics, 18.2, 191-204.

Collins, F 2008, 'Historical Fiction and the Allegorical Truth of Colonial Violence in The Proposition', Cultural Studies Review, 14.1, 55-71.

Collins, F, Turnbull, S & Bye, S 2007, 'Aunty Jack, Norman Gunston and ABC Television Comedy in the 1970s', Australian Cultural History, 26, 131-152. 

Collins, F 2007, ‘Kenny: The Return of the Decent Aussie Bloke in Australian Film Comedy’, Metro, 154, 84-90.

Collins, F 2007, ‘The Year of Living Dangerously’, in The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand, ed. Mayer G et al. London: Wallflower Press, 119-27.

Collins, F, Davis, T 2006, ’Disputing History, Remembering Country’, in The Tracker and Rabbit-Proof Fence’, Australian Historical Studies, 37.128, 35-54.

Collins, F 2006, ‘A Proper Sorry Film: Call Me Mum’, Metro, 150, 44-51.

Collins, F 2006, ‘The Hedonistic Modernity of Sydney in They’re a Weird Mob’, Senses of Cinema, 40. 

Research projects

Collaborative Research Project 1: Where Do You Think You Are?                                                                  

This project brings together engineering, computer science, graphic design and creative arts at La Trobe, and contributes to the Indigenous research cluster in RFA-Transforming Human Societies. Through the Australian Memory Network it brings together external partners in Education at Victoria University and University of South Australia. Seed funding awarded in 2016 to design, build and pilot an app with Greater Southern Rail and SA and NT school partners. Pilot conducted on Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin in July 2016. . Panel presentation at Crossroads 2016 Conference, 14-16 Dec 2016.

Collaborative Research Project 2: Inland Exhibition                                                                              Development of small-scale exhibition proposals for Centre for the Study of the Inland with external partners, 2017-18.

Work in progress

* Single-authored monograph on the Blak Wave of Australian film and television production,  for The Moving Image series.

* Invited  Editor of 250K word volume, Companion to Australian Cinema, contracted to Wiley-Blackwell for submission in 2017.

* Co-editing and contributing to special issue of Continuum, outcome of Trauma Symposium at Monash University, publication 2017.

* Editing and contributing to dossier of four essays on Reconciliatory Screen Culture for Critical Arts, outcome of Cinema at the End of the World conference at Monash University, December 2015, publication 2017

* Panel at Marilyn symposium, ACMI 12 November 2016. Book chapter on Michelle Williams performing Marilyn, outcome of Exhibition Intensive with Bendigo Art Gallery, April 2016.

Partners and Networks

Australian Centre for the Moving Image: Indigenous Screen Performance symposium November 2014; Solid Sisters Public Lecture July 2014,  FHAANZ conference 2012.

Australian Memory Research Network: inaugural meeting 2012; 4th meeting, European Studies Centre, ANU 13-14 Oct 2016.

Performance of the Real Research Theme, University of Otago, 2016-18.