B Media & Communication (UTS), MA Research (UTS), PhD (UNSW)
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).
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
Jodi's research and teaching have been recognised through the following awards:
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."
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)