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.

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.

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.

César Albarrán-Torres

César Albarrán-Torres had two favourite films growing up: Cronenberg’s The Fly and Lynch’s The Elephant Man. He is lecturer in Media and Communication at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne), where he teaches Popular Culture of Asia and Global Screen Studies. He has been widely published in academic and non-academic titles as a film and literary critic, author and translator. He is the former editor of Cine PREMIERE magazine (Mexico) and the founding editor of www.cinepremiere.com.mx, the most widely read film website in the Spanish-speaking world. He researches on film, social media, television, politics and, weirdly, gambling. His book Digital Gambling: Theorizing Gamble-Play Media will be published by Routledge in May 2018. 

You can email César at cesar[at]sensesofcinema.com

Administrator & Webmaster:

Bradley Dixon

Bradley is a writer, critic, film programmer, arts administrator and radio producer. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association, a feature film programmer for the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival and sits on the committee of the Melbourne Cinémathèque.

You can email Bradley at admin[at]sensesofcinema.com.


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 (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.

Jane Carracher (Treasurer)

Jane is currently Finance and Membership manager at the Australian Film Institute | Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Jane joined the AFI in early 2006 as Finance Assistant and has since progressed her role to manage both finance and membership for AFI | AACTA, and is its longest-serving employee. Jane has a Bachelor of Business (Electronic Commerce) and has always had a keen interest in all things film.

Stuart Richards

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.

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.

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, Jasmine Moody, Mathilde Wennevold, Kiri Sullivan, Joanna Batsakis, Tess McArthur-Dowty, Stephanie Donaldson, Sian Mann and Harry McCallum.