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Josh Nelson

Author, Curriculum Specialist, Education Consultant

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

His writing on cinema has been published in two volumes of the Directory of World Cinema (Intellect Books) and in on-line journals Kill Your Darlings, Screening the Past, Arts Hub and on his website, Philmology.

Josh also co-hosts the Triple R (102.7 FM) film criticism show Plato’s Cave, and is a weekly guest on the Drive program with Rafael Epstein on ABC 774 Melbourne.

His PhD thesis, ‘Ruptures and Regenerations: Violence, Trauma and Male Subjectivity in American Cinema (1976-2004)’ was nominated for a Chancellor’s Prize at The University of Melbourne.

In 2013 Josh received the Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film by the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA).

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What themes are recurring in your work?

I have a diverse teaching and research background encompassing cinema and various forms of media, cultural studies, philosophy, politics and gender studies.

What are you passionate about?

My primary aim in both my writing and teaching is to explore the relationship between film, 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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