Robert Rosen Lecture Series


Screen Australia, in association with MIFF 37°South Market, presents educator and critic Robert Rosen speaking on narrative storytelling and its significance both on and off the screen. Don’t miss this series of informed, witty and downright entertaining lectures, supported by extensive film excerpts, from a revered Hollywood insider.

Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV until July 2009, Rosen has spoken on film criticism, media history andcuratorship in more than 20 nations. He was Founding Director of the American Film Institute’s National Center for Film and Video Preservation, a member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress and, with Martin Scorsese, he was the organizer of the Film Foundation on which he currently serves as the founding Chair of the Archivists Council. For ten years, he was the film critic for KCRW National Public Radio and he is an active member of the LA Film Critics Association. He received the John Huston Award for Artist’s Rights from the DGA and currently serves as Director of the Narrative Literacy Lab.

The series features one General Admission lecture for the public, plus five Industry Lectures for film and TV professionals (such as Writers, Producers, Directors, Film Critics, Academics, Executives and Post-Graduate Students). All lectures conclude with a Q&A session moderated by Sue Maslin, screen producer and RMIT School of Media and Communication Adjunct Professor.

GENERAL ADMISSION LECTURE: Navigating A Narrative World

A ‘must’ for everyone – audiences and filmmakers alike – this lecture demonstrates that stories are the way we make sense of our world. Narrative is the evolutionary advantage that has empowered human beings from our beginning. Understanding and employing their magic is the elixir that turns opportunity into success in every field.

Thursday 29 July, ACMI Cinema 1, 9:45am – 11.15am
Admission Lecture cost $10, Booking Code: 7000
Book for the GENERAL ADMISSION Lecutre through MIFF ticketing from 6 July


Screen industry professionals and advanced media students need to apply to attend part or all of the series of industry lectures below. Applications for the industry lectures close 16 July 2010. The industry lectures cost $10 each – or all five industry lectures for $40. All of the Industry lectures take place at ACMI Cinema 1, where tickets will be available for collection by successful applicants.

1] Narratives.

Exploring the origins, purposes, forms and dynamics of narrative; the perils and possibilities of narrative empowerment; narrative as a core human need; story stories, personal narrative and embedded narrative; narrative as event.
Monday 2 August, ACMI Cinema 1, 9:45am – 11.15am

2] Movies and the Human Condition.
The western, horror films and food movies as case studies; six paths in the quest for narrative.
Tuesday 3 August, ACMI Cinema 1, 9:45am – 11.15am

3] Story and Style: A Method for Film Makers.
How to strategize the use of style to tell stories on screen; the marriage of form and content; a dialogue with past directors; individual creativity in a collaborative art form. Based on Rosen’s course taught to all MFA directors at UCLA.
Wednesday 4 August, ACMI Cinema 1, 9:45am – 11.15am

4] Acts of Historical Remembering.
How narratives of the past are used in the present; archiving as storytelling. Drawing on Rosen’s work as founder and Director of the UCLA Film and TV Archive, Board Member of the Film Foundation and recipient of the DGA Artist Rights Award for his work in preservation.
Wednesday 4 August, ACMI Cinema 1, 12:30pm – 2pm

5] Where It’s At: Between a Rock and A Hard Place.
Exploring how to navigate the possibilities and perils of Art as Commerce and reflections on where independent-minded filmmakers are today and the future making risk-taking films amidst dramatically changing markets and technologies. This final lecture concludes with a cross-cultural dialogue on the future of the personal vision.
Thursday 5 August, ACMI Cinema 1, 9:45am – 11.15am