Dr Jodi Brooks

Dr Jodi Brooks

Senior Lecturer
PhD (UNSW), MA Research (UTS), B Media & Communication (UTS), ASCM (NSW Conservatorium of Music)
Arts, Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

Dr Jodi Brooks is a film studies scholar whose research embraces film and media theory, with a particular focus and interest in evolving forms of screen culture, film feminisms, screen performance, independent cinema, and aging in, on and with cinema. Jodi has been teaching film studies and film theory for more than two decades and took up a position in Film Studies at UNSW in 1997 in what was then the School of Theatre and Film. Prior to taking up this position she had held positions at the University of Melbourne (1994-1997) and at the University of Technology (1991-1994). Jodi has also taught courses at UC Davis (in Critical Theory and in Gender Studies) and been an associate research fellow at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. 

Jodi's research has been published in numerous refereed journals and edited collections as well as catalogue essays. She has co-edited a number of special issues of journals including a special issue of Screening the Past on Untimely cinema (co-edited with Therese Davis) and one of the first Australian journal issues on queer media (Media International Australia, co-edited with Michael Hurley and Leigh Raymond). Since joining UNSW Jodi has supervised more than 30 Honours theses, 12 PhDs as primary supervisor, as well as serving as co or joint supervisor for many other PhDs.

Alongside her research and teaching Jodi has served on advisory committees and panels for various organisations including the National Library of Australia's Film and Video Collection, was one of the founding members of Queer Screen, and has been a member of Film Advisory Panel of the Sydney Film Festival since 2017. Jodi was one of the co-founders of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAANZ) and served as Vice President of SSAAANZ for 3+ years. Jodi has also been involved in curating film programs, worked in community media organisations, and has convened and co-convened a number of film and screen conferences and symposia including Cinefeminisms and the Academy (co-convened  with Dr Jessica Ford, University of Newcastle), Time, Memory and the Moving Image (co-convened with Prof Paula Hamilton, University of Technology), and Cinema and the Senses (co-convened with Laleen Jayamanne and George Kouvaros), securing funding for each of these events.

Jodi is a member of the Media Futures Hub and the Arts and Health Research Group (UNSW) and is an Academic Disability Advisor in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture.






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  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Brooks J, 2021, 'Olive Kitteridge (Lisa Cholodenko, 2014), quality television and difficult women: female discontent in the age of binge-viewing', in Perkins C; Schreiber M (ed.), Independent Women: From Film to Television, Routledge, New York
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Brooks J, 2017, 'Gender Matters: Gender Policy and the Rewriting of the Mother-Daughter narrative in Contemporary Australian Women's Filmmaking', in Ryan MD; Goldsmith B (ed.), Australian Screen in the 2000s, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 143 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48299-6
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Brooks J, 2017, 'Gender Matters: Gender Policy and the Rewriting of the Mother–Daughter Narrative in Contemporary Australian Women’s Filmmaking', in Australian Screen in the 2000s, Springer Nature, pp. 143 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48299-6_7
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Brooks J, 2015, 'Laurel Canyon: Lacuscular Cinema', in Perkins C; Verevis C (ed.), US Independent Filmmaking After 1989: Possible Films,eds. Claire Perkins and Constantine Verevis, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 133 - 148
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Brooks J, 2013, '"Invisibility's Beat: Ralph Ellison, Rhythm, and Cinema's Blind Field', in Hoogstad, JH (ed.), Off Beat: Pluralizing Rhythm, Rodopi, Amsterdam - New York, NY, pp. 149 - 168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789401208871_011
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Brooks J, 2011, 'The State of the Discipline: Film Studies as Bad Object', in Vassilieva J; Verevis C (ed.), After Taste: Cultural Value and the Moving Image, edn. Original, Routledge, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415679268/
    Book Chapters | 2004
    Brooks J, 2004, ''Worrying the Note': inaudible beats in the gangsta film', in Drobnick J (ed.), Aural Cultures, edn. Original, YYZ Books, Toronto, pp. 157 - 168
    Book Chapters | 1999
    Brooks J, 1999, 'Crisis and the everyday: some thoughts on gesture and crisis in Cassavetes and Benjamin', in Falling for you: essays on cinema and performance, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, Australia, pp. 73 - 104
    Book Chapters | 1999
    Brooks J, 1999, 'Performing aging/ performance crisis (for Norma Desmond, Baby Jane, Margo Channing, Sister George - and Myrtle)', in Woodward K (ed.), Figuring age: women, bodies, generations, edn. Original, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana USA, pp. 232 - 247
    Book Chapters | 1995
    Brooks J, 1995, 'Between Contemplation and Distraction: Cinema, Obsession & Involuntary Memory', in Jayamanne L (ed.), Kiss Me Deadly: Feminism and Cinema for the Moment, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, pp. 77 - 90
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Perkins C; Brooks J; Loreck J; Sheehan RJ; Ford J; Tan P, 2023, 'Doing Film Feminisms in the Age of Popular Feminism: A Roundtable Convened by Claire Perkins and Jodi Brooks', Australian Feminist Studies, ahead-of-print, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2023.2287205
    Journal articles | 2021
    Brooks J; Hopgood F, 2021, '“Bubbling” the Fourth Age in the Time of COVID-19: Ambivalence and Agency', M/C Journal, 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/mcj.2746
    Journal articles | 2019
    Brooks J, 2019, 'Olive Kitteridge (Lisa Cholodenko, 2014), Quality Television and Difficult Women: Female Discontent in the Age of Binge-Viewing', Feminist Media Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2019.1667061
    Journal articles | 2018
    Brooks J; Davis T; Perkins C, 2018, '“Women, film and independence in the 21st century: A public forum.”', Fusion Journal, http://www.fusion-journal.com/women-film-and-independence-in-the-21st-century-a-public-forum/
    Journal articles | 2018
    Brooks J; Ford J; Robson M; Williams K, 2018, 'Editorial: Intersections in film and media studies', Fusion, http://www.fusion-journal.com/014-intersections-in-film-and-media-studies/
    Journal articles | 2018
    Brooks J; Williams K; Ford J; Robson M, 2018, 'Editors Introduction: Intersections in film and media studies.', Fusion, 14, pp. 3 - 5, http://fusion-journal.com/editorial-intersections-in-film-and-media-studies/
    Journal articles | 2014
    Brooks J, 2014, 'The Kids Are All Right, the Pursuits of Happiness, and the Spaces Between', Camera Obscura: a journal of feminism and film theory, 29, pp. 111 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/02705346-2408534
    Journal articles | 2012
    Brooks J; Davis T, 2012, 'Untimely Cinema: Cinema Out of Time', Screening the Past, 34, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2012/08/untimely-cinema-cinema-out-of-time/
    Journal articles | 2012
    Brooks J, 2012, 'Missed Beats: Unseen Cinema and a Cinema of the Unseen (or Stella Dallas, Again)', Screening the Past, 34, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2012/08/missed-beats-unseen-cinema-and-a-cinema-of-the-unseen-or-stella-dallas-again/
    Journal articles | 2011
    Brooks J, 2011, 'Cinema, Disappearance, and Scale in David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006)', Screening the Past, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2011/07/cinema-disappearance-and-scale-in-david-lynch%E2%80%99s-inland-empire-2/
    Journal articles | 2010
    Brooks J, 2010, 'The state of the discipline: film studies as bad object', Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 24, pp. 791 - 797, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2010.505942
    Journal articles | 2010
    Brooks J, 2010, 'teaching bad objects: introduction', Continuum - Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 24
    Journal articles | 2007
    Brooks J, 2007, 'The Lure of the Breach: Invisibility and the Dissolution of Cinematic Vision', Screening the Past, 22, pp. Online - Online, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2015/01/the-lure-of-the-breach-invisibility-and-the-dissolution-of-cinematic-vision/
    Journal articles | 2006
    Brooks J, 2006, 'The last `Darky`: Bert williams, black-on-black minstrelsy, and the African diaspora.', Screening the Past, 20, pp. online
    Journal articles | 2003
    Brooks J, 2003, 'Ghosting the machine: the sounds of tap and the sounds of film', Screen, 44, pp. 355 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/screen/44.4.355
    Journal articles | 2003
    Brooks J, 2003, 'Jodi Brooks reviews Arthur Knight, Disintegrating the musical: black performance and American musical film', Screening the Past, Issue, https://www.screeningthepast.com/2014/12/disintegrating-the-musical-black-performance-and-american-musical-film/
    Journal articles | 2001
    Brooks J, 2001, 'Performing aging / performance crisis (for Norma Desmond, Baby Jane, Margo Channing, Sister George and Myrtle)', Senses of Cinema, 16, pp. On the internet - On the internet, http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2001/john-cassavetes/cassavetes_aging/
    Journal articles | 2001
    Brooks J, 2001, 'The sound of knocking: Jacques Becker`s Le trou', Screening the Past, 12, pp. 1 - 13
    Journal articles | 2001
    Brooks J, 2001, 'Worrying the note: mapping time in the gangsta film', Screen (Oxford), 42, pp. 363 - 381, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/screen/42.4.363
    Journal articles | 2000
    Brooks J, 2000, 'Jonathan Crary, suspensions of perception: spectacle, and modern culture', Screening the Past, 11
    Journal articles | 1998
    Brooks J, 1998, 'The force of the image', UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing, pp. 180 - 187
    Journal articles | 1997
    Brooks J, 1997, 'Rituals of the Filmic Body', Writings on Dance, 17, pp. 15 - 29
    Journal articles | 1995
    Brooks J; Hurley M; Raymond L, 1995, 'Queer Media', Media International Australia, 78, pp. 4 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878x9507800102
    Journal articles | 1992
    Brooks J, 1992, 'Fascination and the Grotesque: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?', Continuum, 5, pp. 225 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304319209388235
    Journal articles | 1989
    Brooks J, 1989, '"Consumed by Cinematic Monstrosity"', Art & Text, 34, pp. 79 - 94
  • Curatorial Outputs | 2022
    Brooks J; Hopgood F; Libbey K, 2022, A Day at the Movies: Dementia Friendly Screening event, exhibited at: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, 22 October 2022 - 22 October 2022, https://tickets.nfsa.gov.au/Events/A-DAY-AT-THE-CINEMA-DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY-SCREENING
    Other | 2018
    Brooks J; Ford J; Robson M; Williams K (eds.), 2018, Intersections in film and media studies, special issue of fusion, , https://fusion-journal.com/014-intersections-in-film-and-media-studies/
    Other | 2012
    Brooks J; Davis T (ed.), 2012, UNTIMELY CINEMA: CINEMA OUT OF TIME, Jodi Brooks and Therese Davis. Special issue of SCREENING THE PAST, , http://www.screeningthepast.com/issue-34/
    Other | 1995
    Brooks J; Hurley M; Raymond L (eds.), 1995, QUEER MEDIA, Special issue of MEDIA INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA, SAGE Publications, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878X9507800102

2021-2022: ADA Research Fellow (UNSW) $18000

2019: School Research Grant (SRG), $2028, "Cinefemininsms and the Academy." J Brooks (UNSW). J Ford (U Newcastle), J Murphet (UNSW)

1998:  Australian Film Commission (AFC), Industry and Cultural Development Grant ($10,000): International symposium, "Cinema and the Senses." Convened by J Brooks, (UNSW) L. Jayamanne (USyd) and G. Kouvaros (UNSW).  UNSW, September 1998. 

1998: FASS UNSW Humanities Research Program Conference Support ($6000): International symposium "Cinema and the Senses", UNSW, September 1998. J Brooks & G Kouvaros

Jodi's research and teaching have been recognised through the following awards:

  • Honourable Mention, ARC PGC Research Supervisor Award, Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture in recognition of their above and beyond contribution to the HDR experience at UNSW 2022
  • Dean's Learning & Teaching Award (2014) for Outstanding Track Record in Higher Degree Research Supervision.
  • ARC Postgraduate Council Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award (2014)
  • Humanities Research Program Dissertation Best Thesis Award, 1998, University of New South Wales for PhD thesis: Benjamin for Girls: Cinema, Spectatorship, Fascination


I am a member of the Arts & Health Research hub and the Media Futures Research hub.

I am Project Lead on a 3 year project, funded by the ACT Government, to develop dementia friendly screening events and dementia friendly screen culture for the Canberra community. Project collaborators include Dr Fincina Hopgood, University of New England, and Audience and Industry development expert Karina Libbey. This project builds on our earlier pilot Dementia Friendly Screening event, which took place in Canberra in October 2022 (the ACT's first dementia friendly screening) at the Arc cinema, National Film and Sound Archive and received funding support from the ACT Government. Research for this project has been supported by an ADA Research Fellowship.

I am also currently completing a study of the ways that the shift to online screenings in film and screen studies courses shapes curriculum, film engagement, and student experience with Dr Claire Perkins (Monash University), with a particular focus on the ways this shift is impacting on the teaching of film feminisms.

Engagement & Leadership

  • Sydney Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel, 2024
  • Sydney Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel member, 2023 
  • Sydney Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel member, 2022
  • Sydney Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel member, 2021
  • Sydney Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel member, 2020
  • Sydney Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel member, 2019
  • Sydney Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel member, 2018
  • Vice-President (Australia), Screen Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (SSAAANZ) 2015-2018
  • Guest Facilitator, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Public Forum on Women, Film and Independence in the 21st Century, event coordinators A/Prof Therese Davis (Monash) and Dr Sian Mitchell (Melbourne Women’s Film Festival), ACMI Federation Square 18 Feb 2018
  • Sydney International Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel member, 2017
  • Sydney International Film Festival, Film Advisory Panel member, 2016
  • Member of National Film and Video Lending Collection Advisory Committee, National Library of Australia, 2002-2003

Professional memberships

Screen Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (SSAAANZ)


My Research Supervision

Current PhD supervisions (primary supervisor)

  • Caroline Grose, "Scripting and performing innocence: Child/adult relationships on Australian & New Zealand screens."
  • Pearl Tan, "Developing intersectional characters for Australian screen audiences."
  • Kyla Allison (joint supervision with Dr Michael Richardson), "An affective examination of the impasses around the #MeToo movement."


PhD completions (Primary supervisor)

  • Dr Luke Robinson, "Facing erasure: the disappearing faces of 1940s Hollywood gothic cinema" (PhD 2023). Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Theses.
  • Dr Phoebe Macrossan, "The Utopian Modalities of Contemporary American Screensong" (PhD 2018).
  • Dr Jessica Ford, "American Feminist Sensibility Television in the Post-Network Era" (PhD 2017). 
  • Dr Rodney Wallis "The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Hollywood Cinema: The Middle East, the Cold War, and the construction of United States political identity" (2016). Published as monograph.
  • Dr Annette Barnes, "The Soundtracks of Australian Transcultural Cinema: re-sounding the past" (2014)
  • Dr Megan Carrigy, "Performing History, troubling reference: tracking the screen re-enactment" (2011). Awarded the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences PhD Best Thesis prize. Published as monograph.
  • Dr Caroline Wake, "Performing Witness: Testimonial Theatre in the Age of Asylum, Australia 2000-2005" (2010), joint supervised with Dr Meg Mumford.
  • Dr Effie Rassos “Questions of temporal presence and absence in contemporary film and video” (2006) 
  • Dr Teresa Rizzo “From the cinematic apparatus to cinematic assemblages: a feminist intervention” (PhD, 2005). Published as monograph.
  • Dr Erin Brannigan “A cinema of movement: Dance and the moving image” (PhD, 2004). Published as monograph.
  • Dr Tara Forrest “The politics of imagination in Benjamin, Kracauer, and Kluge” (PhD, 2005, awarded the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Best PhD Thesis prize). Published as monograph.
  • Dr Deborah Staines “Representations of Auschwitz” (PhD, 2002).
  • Tara Forrest “Habitual Perception and Film” (MA, 2000)

PhD completions (Co supervisor) include:

  • Dr Max Bledstein “Shocking Exchange: The Iranian Horror Film” (PhD 2022, Primary supervisor A/Prof Michelle Langford; co-supervisors Dr Laetita Nanquette and Dr Jodi Brooks)
  • Dr Emily Chandler "The girl typing discourse in North American children's television animation, 1990-2010" (PhD, 2017 Primary supervisor A/Prof Jane Mills).
  • Dr Richard Smith "The traffic in images: Deleuze and the action film" Primary supervisor Dr Lisa Trahair (PhD, 2002)



My Teaching

I regularly convene and teach the following courses in the Film Studies major:

  • Contemporary Approaches to Cinema (ARTS2061)
  • Screen Emotions (ARTS3065)
  • Australian Cinema (ARTS2062)

I have also taught and/or convened the following courses in our program:

  • Hollywood Film: industry, technology, aesthetics (ARTS1062)
  • Film Genre (ARTS2064)
  • Film Studies Capstone (ARTS3065)