AUT Centre for Screen Practice Research

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

In addition to a range of research methodologies that prioritise production and practice (for example interviews with practitioners), we also advocate for screen practice as research methodologies and non-traditional research outputs (creative outputs, exhibitions, and the like).

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, migrant, ethnic, and diasporic screen practice
  • Documentary and drama production and pathways
  • Screen practice as research – methodologies
  • Screen production education and pedagogy
  • Evolving modes of screen, including AI and virtual production
  • Screen performance
  • Audience research
  • Industry research and policy-making: Diversity and inclusion

We work with new ideas and emerging trends, and are inspired to make knowledge accessible and relevant to our communities.

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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:

  • Arielle Abura (Master's project with creative practice)
    'Unang Asog nga Babaylan: Ang Mga Unang Bakla Sa Pilipinas: The First Transgender Babaylan: The Original Queer People of the Philippines'
  • 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’

Dialogues: postgraduate symposium

View the proceedings of our past symposium events for screen practice researchers:

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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