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Josh Nelson

Author, Curriculum Specialist, Education Consultant

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

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

Josh is also 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. He currently works for the Melbourne International Film Festival as an education specialist within the MIFF Schools program.

What is your background?

I have a diverse teaching and research background encompassing cinema, cultural studies, philosophy and gender studies which I bring to my role as an educator.

What are you passionate about?

Cinema and teaching. My aim with every presentation is to explore the relationship between films, culture and theory in an accessible manner, and to encourage students to look beyond the surface of the screen.


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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