Course Title: Australian Cinema

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Australian Cinema

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Daniel Binns

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5024

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B009 F04

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine Australian cinema through the close reading of films in relation to issues of ‘national cinema’ and Australian identities. You will explore key historical periods of Australian film, and the re-configuring of identity in recent Australian cinema (Indigenous, feminist, multicultural and queer). A number of concerns are explored, in particular concepts of ’national cinema’, Australian film history, Australian space and environment, and the relationship of the Australian film Industry to government policy. There is also a focus on broader questions of film culture, and under­-analysed aspects of Australian cinema. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Interrogate theoretical, historical and critical debates within Australian Cinema and broader cultural theory.
  2. Identify and examine various forms of Australian cinema.
  3. Investigate and report on neglected areas or aspects of Australian cinema.
  4. Critically discuss the concept of ‘national cinema’ in the context of Australia’s relation to world cinema and ‘global Hollywood’.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment

Assessment Task 1. Oz Cinema Discussion (30%) (Group)  Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4   Assessment Task 2. Key Moment in Australian Cinema (30%) (Individual)  Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4   3. Annotated Bibliography (40%) (Individual) Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4