Dr Jodi Brooks
Senior Lecturer

Dr Jodi Brooks

B Media & Communication (UTS), MA Research (UTS), PhD (UNSW)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

I began teaching Film Studies at UNSW in 1997 when I joined what was then the School of Theatre and Film. Prior to taking up this position I had held positions at the University of Melbourne (1994-1997) and at the University of Technology (1991-1994). I have always been interested in finding new ways of teaching and understanding our evolving screen culture and its diverse forms and histories and this interest informs both my teaching and my research. 

Alongside my research and teaching I have also been involved in curating film programs, worked in community media organisations, served on advisory committees and panels for various organisations including the National Library of Australia's Film and Video Collection and the Sydney International Film Festival, and was one of the co-founders of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand and served as Vice President of SSAAANZ for 3 years. I have 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 George Kouvaros and Laleen Jayamanne).


recently published:

Jodi Brooks (2019) Olive Kitteridge (Lisa Cholodenko, 2014), quality television and difficult women: female discontent in the age of binge-viewing, Feminist Media Studies, 19:7, 944-961



+61 2 90658028
231H, Level 2 Robert Webster
  • 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, edn. Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race, 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 | 2021
    Brooks J; Hopgood F, 2021, '“Bubbling” the Fourth Age in the Time of COVID-19: Ambivalence and Agency', M/C Journal, vol. 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, '"Intersections in Film and Media Studies." Special issue of fusion, edited by J. Brooks, J. Ford, M. Robson and K. Williams', Fusion, http://www.fusion-journal.com/014-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, vol. 29, pp. 111 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/02705346-2408534
    Journal articles | 2012
    Brooks J, 2012, 'Missed Beats: Unseen Cinema and a Cinema of the Unseen (or Stella Dallas, Again)', Screening the Past, vol. 34, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2012/08/missed-beats-unseen-cinema-and-a-cinema-of-the-unseen-or-stella-dallas-again/
    Journal articles | 2012
    Brooks J; Davis T, 2012, 'Untimely Cinema: Cinema Out of Time', Screening the Past, vol. 34, http://www.screeningthepast.com/2012/08/untimely-cinema-cinema-out-of-time/
    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, vol. 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, vol. 24, pp. 787 - 789, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2010.505941
    Journal articles | 2007
    Brooks J, 2007, 'The Lure of the Breach: Invisibility and the Dissolution of Cinematic Vision', Screening the Past, vol. 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, vol. 20, pp. online
    Journal articles | 2003
    Brooks J, 2003, 'Ghosting the machine: the sounds of tap and the sounds of film', Screen, vol. 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, vol. 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, vol. 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, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 13
    Journal articles | 2001
    Brooks J, 2001, 'Worrying the note: mapping time in the gangsta film', Screen (Oxford), vol. 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, vol. 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, vol. 17, pp. 15 - 29
    Journal articles | 1995
    Brooks J; Hurley M; Raymond L, 1995, 'Queer Media', Media International Australia, vol. 78, pp. 4 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878x9507800102
    Journal articles | 1992
    Brooks J, 1992, 'Fascination and the grotesque:Whatever happened to baby Jane?', Continuum, vol. 5, pp. 225 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304319209388235
    Journal articles | 1989
    Brooks J, 1989, '"Consumed by Cinematic Monstrosity"', Art & Text, vol. 34, pp. 79 - 94
  • 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

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

  • Dean's Learning & Teaching Award (2014) for Outstanding Track Record in Higher Degree Research Supervision.
  • ARC Postgraduate Council Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award (2014)
  • Screen (Oxford University Press) Award for Excellence in Screen Studies (UK, 2002) for the essay "Ghosting the Machine: the sounds of tap and the sounds of film" Screen 44.4.  
  • Humanities Research Program Dissertation Award, 1998, University of New South Wales for PhD thesis: Benjamin for Girls: Cinema, Spectatorship, Fascination

I am currently leading a project to develop resources for dementia friendly screenings for cinemas and other screening contexts. Project collaborators include Dr Fincina Hopgood, University of New England, and Karina Libbey, Manager Public Engagement, National Film and Sound Archive. Our first Dementia Friendly Screening takes place in Canberra in October 2022 and has been supported by the ACT Government. Research for this project has been supported by an ADA Research Fellowship.

I am also currently researching the ways that the shift to online screenings in film and screen studies courses shapes curriculum, film engagement, and student experience.


Film Advisory Panel member, Sydney International Film Festival, 2016 - present

Vice-President (Australia), Screen Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (SSAAANZ) 2015-2018

Member of National Film and Video Lending Collection Advisory Committee, National Library of Australia, 2002-2003












My Research Supervision

Current PhD supervisions (primary supervisor)

Caroline Grose, "Scripting and performing innocence: Child/adult relationships on Australian & New Zealand screens."

Luke Robinson, "The Disappearing Faces of Hollywood Crime Films."

Pearl Tan, "Developing intersectional characters for Australian screen audiences."


Current PhD supervisions (joint supervision

Kyla Allison (joint supervision with Dr Michael Richardson),"An affective examination of the impasses around the #MeToo movement."

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:

Hollywood Film: industry, technology, aesthetics (ARTS1062)

Film Genre (ARTS2064)