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Research Biography

Richard Maltby is the Emeritus Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Screen Studies and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He moved to Flinders from the UK, where he established the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter, before becoming Research Professor in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. At Flinders, he was head of the School of Humanities from 1999 to 2007, Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology from 2008 to 2010, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law from 2011 to 2017.

Richard's publications include Hollywood Cinema: Second Edition (Blackwell's, 2003, Hua Xia Press: Beijing, 2005), “Film Europe” and “Film America”: Cinema, Commerce and Cultural Exchange, 1925-1939, which won the Prix Jean Mitry for cinema history in 2000, and eight edited books on the history of cinema audiences, exhibition and reception history, including Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema (University of Exeter Press, 2007), Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and most recently The Routledge Companion to New Cinema History (2018). He is Series Editor of Exeter Studies in Film History, editor of Film, Cinema, Genre: The Steve Neale Reader (University of Exeter Press, 2021) and the author of over 50 articles and essays. His writings on cinema have been published in Germany, France, Japan, Sweden, the US and the UK, and translated into Chinese, Czech, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Slovenian. Richard has been the lead investigator on three Australian Research Council Discovery projects examining the political history of the American film industry, the structure of the distribution and exhibition industry in Australia and the history of Australian cinema audiences.

Research Interests

Richard's research interests are centred on the cultural and industrial history of Hollywood. Together with Ruth Vasey, he has held a Large Australian Research Council Grant for a project entitled Reforming the Movies: A Political History of the American Cinema, 1908-1940. One output from this project is the MPPDA Digital Archive, an online database of the records of the the film industry trade association, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc., from 1922 to 1939. With Mike Walsh, Kate Bowles (University of Wollongong) and Deb Verhoeven (RMIT, Deakin), he held an ARC Discovery Grant for a project called Regional Markets and Local Audiences: a History of Australian Cinema Consumption. The same team, together with Jill Julius Matthews (ANU) and Colin Arrowsmith (RMIT) held an ARC Discovery Project for a related project called Mapping the Movies: the Changing Nature of Australia's Cinema Circuits and their Audiences 1956-1984, and a third ARC Discovery Project called Only at the Movies? Mapping the Contemporary Australian Cinema Market.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Reappraising the Renaissance: The New Hollywood in Industrial and Critical Context (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • From evidence to screen: a model for producing educational content in the twenty first century (1)
  • Hollywood Widescreen Style Cinemascope, Panavision, Techniscope (1)
  • My Grandmother on the Other Side of the Lake (1)
  • South Korean Film Since 1986: The Domestic and Regional Formulation of East Asia's Most Recent Commercial Entertainment Cinema (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, “Political and Stylistic Interactions in the American Cinema of the Consensus, 1930-1970”, University of Exeter

Award Date: 30 Sept 1978

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 30 Jun 1978


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Research Areas

  • Screen and media

Supervisory Interests

  • History, film industry
  • American cinema


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