My first monograph, Narrative Humanism: Kindness and Complexity in Fiction and Film, has just been released by Edinburgh University Press. Narrative Humanism outlines an approach for reading fictive texts focussed upon the politics of human kindness. The book asks how we can use stories to complicate our understanding of others, and questions the ethics and efficacy of attempts to represent… Read more

ReFocus: The Films of Spike Jonze, a collection of essays edited by Kim Wilkins and myself, is now out with Edinburgh University Press. Two of the chapters are written by me: “Adaptation in Adaptation in Adaptation in Adaptation” and “Spike Jonze’s Screenwriting: The Screenplay.”

Two new articles published recently, for those interested in readings of domestic ensemble films: For Style journal, I wrote a piece on emotional contagion in the film Parenthood (Ron Howard, 1989): For Sydney Studies in English, abject humanism in adaptations of Tom Perrotta novels, Election (Alexander Payne, 1999) and Little Children (Todd Field, 2006):

In the wake of the federal election, some online communities have begun to speculate on the need for a Science Party in Australian politics. This is something I’ve been considering for some time; with momentum gathering behind the idea, it seems a fine moment to float my musings on how such a party might work…. Read more

The Australian media inquiry is currently taking submissions until Oct 31 2011, and I urge everyone to get involved. Email to make your submission, or use NewsStand’s online form at You might consider the following points: 1. Media ownership: do we need to break up New Ltd’s 70% market share and cross-media control,… Read more