Michelle Carey

Michelle is Artistic Director of theMelbourne 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.

Dan Edwards

Dan has a PhD in Film and Television from Monash University, and currently teaches at Melbourne University. He lived and worked in China from 2007-11, and before that worked at the Australian Film Commission. In 2015, his debut book, Independent Chinese Documentary: Alternative Visions, Alternative Publics, was published by Edinburgh University Press. Dan has published around 100 articles on film, visual arts, literature and politics, in publications such as The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, New Matilda, Crikey, RealTime, Metro and Senses of Cinema.

You can email Dan at dan[at]sensesofcinema.com.

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 is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University, and 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.

Rachel Brown
Webmaster and Administrator

Rachel Brown holds an MA in Arts and Cultural Management (Moving Image) from the University of Melbourne and freelances as a graphic designer & communications consultant.


David Oakley (President)

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 three years and has been president for two years. He has a postgraduate degree in Film and Television and a Bachelors degree in business systems.

Tessa Dwyer (Vice-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.

Stuart Richards (Secretary)

Stuart completed his PhD in Screen and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2013, where he currently teaches sessionally. He also teaches at RMIT University and Swinburne University. He is currently on the selection panel for the Melbourne Queer 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.

Angela Ndalianis

Angela is Professor in Screen Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on film and entertainment media and their histories. 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.

Sophie Gardiner

Having previously studied film and television, Sophie is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at RMIT. She has previously been published in a number of poetry anthologies and emigrated to Melbourne from New Zealand a year ago.

Lydia Taylor

Lydia completed her Bachelor of Film and Television with First Class Honours in 2014. She currently works as a Digital Content Manager for Zak Australia managing their social media platforms, product photography and websites.  

Andréas Giannopoulos

Andréas is a Melbourne-based film director. He has worked on narrative shorts, documentaries and music videos and has a strong preference for shooting on celluloid film. He has a Bachelor of Film and Television from Swinburne University of Technology.