Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Sean Maher
Position(s)
Higher Degree Research Training Coordinator
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice
Associate Professor (Documentary)
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Film, Screen & Animation
Discipline *
Film, Television and Digital Media
Phone
+61 7 3138 8218
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Ph.D. (Queensland University of Technology), Masters (University of New South Wales)

Professional memberships
and associations

 

  • Steering Committee AHRC funded Filmmaking Research Network
  • Board Member, Cinema Ventures
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Sean Maher is Associate Professor in the Film, Screen & Animation Discipline in the Creative Industries Faculty and the Higher Degree Research Training Coordinator for the School of Creative Practice. He received an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship for his PhD conducted in QUT’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovation in the Creative Industries. In 2019 he was ranked as ‘Australia’s leading researcher in Film’ by The Australian in an independent study in collaboration with citation data supplied by League of Scholars. He has been Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Film and TV Archives that contributed to his 2020 monograph Film Noir and Los Angeles – urban history and the dark imaginary, published by Routledge.  Since 2015 he has conducted the annual Film, Screen & Animation Study Tour, Los Angeles – Entertainment Capital of the World, in partnership with School of Theatre, Film and TV at UCLA.  He has been one of three Australian representatives on the Steering Committee of a British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Grant investigating filmmaking based research. In 2013 he was President of ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association), the national peak body for Film Schools.

Prior to his appointment at QUT he has held research and lecturing positions at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and University of New South Wales,  as well as a media policy researcher at the Communications Law Centre (UNSW). He is an award-winning independent filmmaker and writer/director of The Brisbane Line whichreceived official selection into the 2012 Brisbane International Film Festival. In 2014 he wrote and directed a documentary on Queensland Parliament House distributed across Fairfax Digital’s Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age news websites. He has contributed feature articles for Sydney Film Festival and worked as a film festival organiser for New York Anthology Film Archives.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Sean Maher.

Teaching

  • Unit Coordinator KKP601 Approaches to Research in the Creative Industries
  • Tour Convenor, Los Angeles Filmed Entertainment Capital of the World Study Tour
  • Lecturing in Experimental Cinema

 

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Sean Maher.

Experience

Australia’s Leading Researcher in Field of Film (The Australian, Research – Best of the Best, Sep 25, 2019)

2019 Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA)

2018 – date Higher Degree Research Training Coordinator, School of Creative Practice, CIF

2017 Scholar in Residence at UCLA Film and Television Archives, UCLA School of Theatre, Film &Television

2012 – 2016 Post Graduate Coordinator Film, Screen & Animation, QUT

2008 – 2012 Study Area Coordinator Film, Screen & Animation,QUT

2015 Inaugurated Los Angeles Study Tour in partnership with UCLA School of Theatre, Film and TV

2014 President ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association) national peakbody of Australian film schools

2013 National Conference Convenor for ASPERA at QUT

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Sean Maher.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2019
Details
Dr Sean Maher (QUT) announced as Australia's National "Field Leader" in Film Research. On September 25, 2019, The Australian's Supplement Special "Research" conducted a national survey in collaboration with research analytics firm, League of Scholars announcing Australia's national and world leaders in research.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2017
Details
2013 - ongoing: Serving four years as Board Member of Screen Queensland funded Cinema Ventures, an organisation that supports exhibition and distribution of documentary films across Australia.
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2017
Details
Steering Committee Member on 2016 Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Filmmaking Research Network 50K Pounds Sterling Grant
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2017
Details
2017 Scholar-in-Residence at the UCLA Film and TV Archives in Los Angeles, USA.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2015
Details
Elected President of ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association) the national peak body for tertiary programs in screen education.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2017
Details
ASPERA Annual Conference June 21-23, 2017. Panel member reporting on UK AHRC Grant Filmmaking Research Network

Supervision

  • Specialising in Creative Practice based research at MA, PhD and DCI levels.

    2019 Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision for Candidate receiving ‘No Corrections’

  • Professional Practice through Doctor of Creative Industries

Current supervisions

  • Clash of Cultures or Mission Accomplished? Impacts of Hollywood Runaway film production on National film industries
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Chris Carter
  • Exploring the Brave New Holographic World of Immersive Cinema
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Chris Carter

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)