President: Melanie Robson

Melanie holds a PhD in film studies from UNSW Sydney. She is a co-founder of SSSN. Her research interests lie broadly in the form and aesthetics of modernist cinema, particularly from America and Europe. Her current project investigates the long take as a transnational modernist tradition across contemporary film and TV.
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Vice President: Adam Daniel

Adam is a film/media Ph.D. at Western Sydney University. He is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. His research investigates the modern evolution of the horror film form, with a focus on the intersection of embodied spectatorship, technology and new media, and Deleuzian philosophy. He is also interested in screenwriting practice and theory, and the potential of virtual reality as a location for cinematic works.
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Secretary: Mahsa Salamati

Mahsa Salamati completed her PhD in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales. Her research is concerned with the dynamics and politics of transnational film circulation in the Iranian context. Her work focuses on cultural policies, the international film festival circuit and media piracy.

Treasurer: Luke Robinson

Luke is a Ph.D. candidate and tutor at UNSW in the School of the Arts & Media. He is also a tutor at UTS in Film and Media Studies and is part of the art collaboration Move in Pictures where he creates video and photographic based artworks ( His research interests lie in classical and post-classical film theory, Hollywood paranoia films, faciality, and theories of absence and spectatorship.

Marketing Representative: Katherine Zheng

Katherine is a final year Arts & Business/Law student, majoring in Film Studies and Marketing, at UNSW. She is interested in the intersections between film and history, and currently researching the representations of passing in cinema.

Postgraduate Representative: Gabrielle Lowe

Gabrielle is currently completing a PhD at the UNSW in the School of Arts and Media. Her thesis looks Virtual Reality’s emergence as a story telling medium. She had previously completed at Masters by research at La Trobe University in the area of Cinema using the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.


Undergraduate Representative: Ashleigh Suoh

A second year Education and Arts student, Ashleigh likes to watch films at home or go to the cinema with friends. She also has an avid interest in Japanese pop culture on and off the screen.


Undergraduate Representative: Victor Zhou

Victor Zhou studies Art History and Design Computing at the University of Sydney. He is interested in environmental humanities and photography.

Founding Members: 

Phoebe Macrossan

Phoebe is a Ph.D. at Queensland University of Technology. She is a co-founder of SSSN and the Postgraduate Executive Member for the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAANZ). Her research interests are musical film and television, popular music performance, and celebrity studies.
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Jessica Ford

Jessica is a Ph.D.  at Newcastle University and a co-founder of SSSN. She teaches in film, media and gender studies, and has published essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Community and Girls. Her research interests lie in contemporary American postnetwork television and television histories, with a focus on gender and feminism.
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