Dr Stephen Gaunson is a Lecturer and Head of Cinema Studies in the School of Media and Communication. His research explores the topics of adaptation, genre, national cinema, and film history.
Stephen has published widely on the Australian cinema and global fields of film history. His writing has appeared in a range of books and journals. He is the author of the book, The Ned Kelly Films: A Cultural History of Kelly History (Bristol: Intellect, 2013).
For more information see: https://rmit.academia.edu/StephenGaunson
Stephen supervises students at both MA and PhD levels, and is currently supervising approximately seven students (project and thesis based) on a range of topics including true crime, television studies, Australian cinema, genre, script archiving, and adaptation.
Stephen is Head of Cinema Studies and member of the Media Program cluster. He teaches a range of Cinema and Creative Writing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (including Genre, Textual Crossings: Literary Studies, Australian Cinema, True Lies: Documentary Studies, Asian Cinemas).
Stephen is also currently a Director of the Screen Cultures Research Group, which brings together researchers and practitioners working on projects relating to the screen. These include screen history, the screen industry, screenwriting, and screen production.
- Doctorate of Philosophy, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, 2010
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours — Cinema Studies), LaTrobe University, 2000
- Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies), LaTrobe University, 1999
Stephen continues to work as a film script editor and assessor.
Produced featured films
2007: Script editor, Kings, De Facto Films (Tom Collins, Ireland)
Irish Film and Television Awards – Best Film (2007)
2005: Script editor, Dead Long Enough, De Facto Films (Tom Collins, Ireland)
Cardiff Film Festival – Audience Award Winner (2006)
Film script assessing
- 2002–2010: De Facto Films (Ireland)
- 2000: Film & Television Office, NSW
- 2000–: Film Victoria
- 2000–2002: The Irish Film Board/ Bord Scannán na hÉireann (Ireland)
- 2002: Fastnet Films (Ireland), Scottish Screen (Scotland)
In the past Stephen has worked as a coordinator at films festivals
- 2002: Events Coordinator, Dublin International Film Festival (Ireland)
- 2001: Audience Reports Coordinator, Edinburgh International Film Festival
- Gaunson, S. (2017). Lost adaptations: piracy, 'rip offs', and the Australian Copyright Act 1905 In: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 37, 161 - 173
- Gaunson, S. (2015). American combine: Australasian Films Ltd., and block bookings In: Studies in Australasian Cinema, 9, 241 - 252
- Delamoir, J.,Gaunson, S. (2015). Introduction to re-evaluating the royal commission into the Australian moving picture industry,1927-1928 In: Studies in Australasian Cinema, 9, 225 - 229
- Gaunson, S. (2014). Marvellous Melbourne: Lady filmgoers, Spencer's pictures and Cozens Spencer In: Early Popular Visual Culture, 12, 22 - 36
- Gaunson, S. (2014). Hollywood Nomad: Andrew Dominik's Aussiewood In: Film International, , 1 - 15
- Gaunson, S. (2013). Notes on detecting serial killers In: Popping Culture Seventh Edition, Pearson, Boston, United States
- Gaunson, S. (2013). Protesting colonial Australia: Convict theatre and Kelly ballads In: The Routledge history of social protest in popular music, Routledge, New York
- Gaunson, S. (2013). The Ned Kelly Films, Intellect Books, Bristol, United Kingdom
- Gaunson, S. (2013). Re-reading Indigenous cinema: Criticism, white liberal guilt and otherness In: Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 27, 763 - 769
- Gaunson, S. (2013). Murder ballad: The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford In: Contemporary Westerns: Film and Television since 1990, Scarecrow Press, United Kingdom
2 PhD Completions7 PhD Current Supervisions