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Josh Nelson

Author, Curriculum Specialist, Education Consultant

Josh Nelson (BCA Hons, PhD) is an academic, broadcaster and filmmaker. He has worked as a lecturer at The University of Melbourne and Victoria University, and has extensive experience presenting to secondary schools across the state on a number of film and media-related topics.

His writing on film has been published in two volumes of the Directory of World Cinema (Intellect Books) and in on-line journals Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Screening the Past, Senses of Cinema and on his website, Philmology. In 2013 Josh received the Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film by the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA).

Josh is the former co-host of the long-running Triple R (102.7 FM) film show Plato’s Cave, and was the resident film critic on the Drive program with Rafael Epstein on ABC Melbourne for a number of years. He now hosts the popular culture podcast Plato’s Couch that launched in 2017.

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What is your teaching background?

I have a diverse teaching and research background encompassing cinema, media, cultural studies, philosophy, politics and gender studies that I bring to my role as an education specialist.

What are you passionate about?

The aim of both my writing and teaching is to explore the relationship between films, culture and theory in a stimulating and accessible manner.


Josh gave an excellent presentation. He tailored the material to our needs and spoke with conviction and authority. Students saw his insights as fascinating and background knowledge as impressive.

—G. Tyler, Head of Senior School, Caulfield Grammar School, December 2012

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