AUT Centre for Screen Practice Research

The AUT Centre for Screen Practice Research (SPR@AUT) seeks to advance research anchored in screen practice. In this centre we integrate screen production, practice and theory through cross-disciplinary investigations to develop knowledge, initiatives and resources for screen academics, practitioners, and undergraduate and postgraduate students.

We work with both academics and industry and promote knowledge that grows inside practice and experience.

Areas we focus on

  • Film aesthetics, narrative and language
  • Screenwriting and authorship
  • Diversity in screen practice
    • Indigenous screen practice
    • Migrant, ethnic, diasporic screen practice
  • Documentary production and pathways
  • Screen practice as research – methodologies
  • Screen production education and pedagogy
  • Evolving modes of screen
  • Screen performance, audience and industry

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Who we are

The AUT Centre for Screen Practice Research is the home of researchers, practitioners, emerging researchers, and postgraduate students researching various aspects of screen practice, production and cultures.

Associated researchers:

  • Adam Fresco (PhD with creative practice)
    ‘How To Act: Salvador Dalí, the art critic, and me. An autobiographical performance’
  • Jonah Añonuevo Lim (PhD project)
    ‘Historical and Trend Analysis of the Winners of the Academy Awards’ (Oscars) Best Foreign Language Film’
  • Xinmu Wong (PhD project)
    ‘Film practitioners’ perspective: Sino-foreign film co-production in the Australasian region’
  • Rebecca-Jane Pratt (Master’s project with creative practice)
    ‘The ocean is not silent: Utilising bioacoustics from a New Zealand reef in the creative development of a short documentary film’
  • Carlyn Lim (Master’s project)
    ‘Film locations and youth travellers as film audiences’
  • Zihao Liu (Master’s project with creative practice)
    ‘New Zealand food and identity making through food documentary practice’
  • Jinyang Liu (Master’s project with creative practice)
  • Genevieve McClean (Master’s project with creative practice)
    ‘The Third Order, Episode 3: A practical exploration of directing actors in Cinematic Virtual Reality within a situated immersive theatre context’

A full list of centre members and associated researchers will be uploaded here soon.

Upcoming events

Dialogues: Screen Practice Postgraduate Symposium 2021 (online event)

Tuesday 30 November 2021, from 1pm to 5pm

Free online event

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How to register

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International Research Symposium ‘At the Intersections: Diversity in Screen Practice Research’

Date and venue TBA

In 2021 and 2022 the centre will also be holding a series of research panels, industry masterclasses, and alumni industry panels.

Contact us

The AUT Centre for Screen Practice Research (SPR@AUT) is based in the School of Communication Studies at AUT. If you work or research in screen practice, we would love to hear from you.

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