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"I'm a stranger here myself."

Background Information

I am a freelance author, digital publisher, filmmaker and TESOL tutor.  

My scholarly film non-fiction - Serial Killer Cinema and Terrorism in American Cinema - is published in the USA by McFarland & Co. Inc. and is collected by such as the National Libraries of China & Australia, Yale University Library and the British Film Institute.  My populist film writing has been published by Inkstone Press in Australia, and I maintain a film review database pertaining to an emergent nexus of themes in cinema, digital scholarship and censorship analysis.  My recent essay "Forced Entry: Serial Killer Pornography as Patriarchal Paradox" features in the anthology Murders and Acquisitions through Bloomsbury Academic.

A former South Australian Arts grant recipient, and SAR Research Fellow at Australia's National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra, my independent digital video features - Confidential Report: an Australian Transgression and TLK Punk - are housed in the NFSA collection.  My travelogue of a year in China's Xinjiang province (near Urumqi) teaching English - Pangu in China Vol. 1 - is currently being edited in preparation for addition to the NFSA catalogue.  My original research into representations of disability in Australian film for the NFSA (and currently under their [c]) qualifies me as "expert" on the subject, although my interests in world cinema genres, directors, constructs and texts are quite diverse, including adult, sexually explicit erotic/pornographic genres, aesthetics and discourses..  

My background is in Academic non-fiction.
My methodology / epistemology is constructivist, post-modernist deconstructionism and psycho-analytic semiotics.

I have a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Film/Media Study, a Graduate Diploma in Information Study (Librarianship),  a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and an MTESOL.  I am currently in preparation for a PhD on pedagogy and TESOL digital publishing (eTextbooks).  My paper on digital dissemination and censorship was presented at the 2011 Textual Manipulation Conference of the Australia / NZ Bibliographical Society in Adelaide and my paper on disability and digital publishing was presented at the 2012 Arts Activated Conference in Sydney. 

I recently branched out into independent, freelance digital publishing and self-publishing multimedia eBooks.

Though professionally published in print, by McFarland & Co. Inc and Bloomsbury Academic,  I also self-publish film non-fiction in (multimedia) eBook and work on a contractual basis with independent authors (including Disabled Arts Grant winners), artists, businesses and sex workers / adult content providers to make accessible multimedia projects.  As an independent digital publisher, I am registered with Thorpe-Bowker and distribute on a multitude of platforms, including (but not limited to): Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Googlebooks, Kobo, Sony eBookstore, XinXii, Diesel, Apple iTunes, Lulu, Vodaphone (Europe), Casa Del Libro, Smashwords, WH Smith and worldwide to libraries / POD via Lightning Source / Ingram.

As a freelance designer, I work in Adobe CS6 for 1) interactive, multimedia digital eDocuments for archiving, publishing and promotion; 2) tie-in author website development; 3) the digital eMemoir project.   Among the documents I design are: CD/DVD covers, eBook covers, eBooks (inc. video-embedded multimedia), reports, flyers, brochures, press kits, YouTube promotional videos.  I also convert outdated media (VHS, slides, negatives, photos, Beta, 8mm, 16mm) to archival quality digital files for archiving and digital eMemoir initiatives.  Details of the services I offer as digital publisher and designer can be found on my blog here.  So too, details (inc metadata, author bio and promotion) of multimedia eBooks I publish through my personal imprint Trangressor Pty. Ltd. can be found on this digital publishing blog and on my own online eBook store: here all my eBooks can be obtained in their original file format, often at a discounted RRP. 

My personal interests coalesce around multimedia -
particularly in relation to scholarly film non-fiction, digital textbooks and censorship issues,
though also with an interest in adult media journalism and storytelling.

My own influences as an author are scholarly film non-fiction peers, popular critics, film theoreticians, auteur theorists and film historians.  I have two interests with a chronological overlap: American film 1967-1984 and adult XXX film during the same period though extending to current uses of sexually explicit iconography in narrative cinema (e.g. films by Breillat, Oshima, Brass, Winterbottom, Mitchell, Noe, Von Trier, Verhoeven, Mathews, Clark, Despentes and others).  This latter interest manifests itself in the study of film censorship and classifications systems, with particular focus on banned, cut or censored films and how these relate to the discourses surrounding sexually explicit material and "pornography".

As a qualified TESOL teacher with teaching experience in China, I also relate my experience in, and knowledge of, digital publishing to an interest in pedagogic principles.  These I currently research on peer review databases in order to prepare a multimedia PhD proposal, hopefully to commence study in second semester 2013 or 2014, externally or internally.  The ultimate application of this is the design of digital language learning eTextbooks.



Birth Place
Melbourne,  Australia

SAR Research Fellow - Australian National Film & Sound Archive;

Grant winner - Richard Llewellyn Arts & Disability Trust;

Additional Information

Recently returned from a year in China's Xinjiang province, near Urumqi, teaching English.

Favorite Links

Personal Blog
Blog with bio, freelance services/rates and published works / completed films.

Wider Screenings TM
Cinema, eBook & Censorship Analysis

Transgressor Digital Publishing
My digital publishing imprint: a nexus of avant-garde, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novel and adult multimedia.

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