Michelle Carey

Michelle is Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival. She also programs films for the Melbourne Cinémathèque.

Daniel Fairfax

Daniel is a doctoral candidate in Film Studies and Comparative Literature at Yale University.

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Alexandra is a film critic on Melbourne radio station Triple R and the winner of the 2016 Australian Film Critics Award for Best Review of an Individual Australian Film. She is the author of four books on cult and exploitation film: Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study (McFarland, 2011), Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality (McFarland, 2014), Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria (Auteur, 2015) and Cultographies: Ms. 45 (Columbia University Press, 2017). She also works as a Research Assistant at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts.

Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman completed his PhD in 2013 and is a lecturer in the Department of Film and Animation at Swinburne University. He has published in journals such as Senses of Cinema, Metro, and Screening the Past, and his latest publication is a chapter entitled “An Uploadable Cinema: Digital Horror and the Postnational Image” for the anthologyDigital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon edited by Linnie Baker and Xavier Aldana Reyes published in 2015.

You can email Mark at mark[at]sensesofcinema.com.

Editorial Assistant:

David Heslin

David Heslin is the editor of Screen Education. He has written for Senses of Cinema, The AgeNotebook and the Melbourne International Film Festival website, and was a member of the MIFF Critics Campus in 2015. His personal film musings can be read at http://www.davidheslin.com/blog.

You can email David at davidh[at]sensesofcinema.com.

Webmaster and Administrator:

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown holds an MA in Arts and Cultural Management (Moving Image) from the University of Melbourne, manages digital marketing for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and freelances as a graphic designer & communications consultant.


Tessa Dwyer (President)

Tessa is Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University. Her research focuses on screen media and language difference. Her forthcoming book Speaking in Subtitles is to be published by Edinburgh University Press. Tessa is a member of the inter-disciplinary research group ETMI (Eye Tracking the Moving Image) and the former director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

Kirsten Stevens (acting Vice-President)

Kirsten teaches in film, screen and popular culture studies at Monash University and RMIT University in Melbourne. She is the author Australian Film Festivals: Audience, Place and Exhibition Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and deputy director of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival.

Stuart Richards (Secretary)

Stuart teaches at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. His first monograph The Queer Film Festival: Popcorn & Politics is published with Palgrave Macmillan. He has has previously worked with both the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and The San Francisco Frameline International LGBTQ Film Festival.

Andrew Brown (Treasurer)

Andrew is the Group Tax Manager at Village Roadshow Limited, a leading international entertainment and media company based in Melbourne. He has been with Village for approximately 8 years and worked with the company for another 2 years previously. Andrew has 15 years experience in corporate tax. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate Master of Taxation at Melbourne University. Andrew is also a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Tax Institute.

David Oakley

David works as an Account Manager at Squiz Australia. In that role he works as a collaborative leader with multi-disciplinary digital/web teams, coaching and empowering members to achieve strategic outcomes for clients in education, government and non-profits. He has been a member of the Senses of Cinema committee for over four years, including as President. He has a postgraduate degree in Film and Television and a Bachelors degree in business systems.

Angela Ndalianis

Angela Ndalianis is Research Professor in Media and Screen Studies at Swinburne University. Her publications include Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment (MIT Press 2004), The Horror Sensorium: Media and The Senses (McFarland 2012), Science Fiction Experiences (New Academia 2009) and The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero (editor, Routledge 2008).

Mark Spratt

Mark has been Managing Director of independent film distribution company Potential Films since he established it in 1989. He was also co-founder of classics film distributor Chapel Distribution (1998-2015). He has extensive experience working for other distributors and managing several Melbourne independent cinemas between 1985- 2003. Mark has been a Senses of Cinema Committee Member since 2012, including three years as Treasurer. He has also been a Judge for the ATOM Awards (2014/15) and a Jury member at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival.

Andréas Giannopoulos

Andréas is a Melbourne-born and Sydney-based film director and writer. He has worked on narrative shorts, documentaries and music videos, and has written for 4:3. He’s currently studying a Master of Arts Screen: Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Eloise Ross

Eloise is an academic with a PhD in film studies, and is co-programmer and President of the Melbourne Cinémathèque.

Volunteers and Interns

Senses of Cinema receives assistance from many volunteers and interns throughout the year. A huge thank you to Andréas Giannopoulos, Kiri Sullivan, Joanna Batsakis, Mathilde Wennevold, Tess McArthur-Dowty, Stephanie Donaldson, Sian Mann and Harry McCallum.