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The Films of Ivan Sen

The Films of Ivan SenFilm Screenings

Free admission, UC Theatre 1A21 (at the back of Zierholz Bar)
Building 1, University of Canberra
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Thursday 7 May 5:30-7:30pm Tears (1998, Short film, 15mins) and A Sister's Love (2007, Documentary, 55mins), followed by a panel discussion with Paul Collis and Susan Thwaites.
Wednesday 20 May 5:30pm     Beneath Clouds (2002, Feature)
Wednesday 17 June 5:30pm    Toomelah (2011, Feature)
Wednesday 1 July 5:30pm       Mystery Road (2013, Feature)


Friday 10 July, 9:30am-5pm
INSPIRE Centre, Building 25, University of Canberra
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Register via Eventbrite before Monday 6 July

Program (Last updated 7/07/2015, PDF 745KB)

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Sen has written and directed a number of feature films including Beneath Clouds and Mystery Road, as well as Loveland, a sci-fi romance currently under development. He is recognised for his low budget, minimal crew approach to filmmaking as well as his short films and documentaries. By highlighting the work of Ivan Sen, and showcasing his trajectory as an artist, the symposium will explore his career to date and contribute to the appreciation and knowledge of Australian cinema. The symposium will focus on the creative practice of filmmaking and encourage a conversation about the art form through the eyes of a visionary filmmaker. A selection of Ivan Sen's films will be screened at UC in the month prior to the symposium, which will allow members of the broader academic community and the general public to engage in a collaborative discussion of Sen's work.

Convenor: Susan Thwaites
Keynote speakers: Ivan Sen and Ross Gibson. Guest speaker: Darlene Johnson.

Call for Papers

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The use of space within and outside the frame
  • The power of silence in film
  • Cinematography and the visual metaphor
  • The performance of, and working with, untrained actors
  • The screenplay/screenwriting – writing for different roles
  • Ivan Sen as composer and the role of music in film
  • The role of the audience/viewer
  • 'Indigenous cinema' – what's in a name
  • Representation of Indigenous identities on screen
  • Pedagogy – considerations, perspectives and voice

Deadline for Proposals:

Abstracts to be submitted by Friday 18 May 2015. Extended to Friday 5th June.

Submission guidelines:

All proposals must include the following information:

  • An abstract for a 15 minute presentation (max 300 words)
  • A brief biographical statement (max 100 words)

Submissions should be sent in electronic form to

Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

The screening series and the symposium are hosted by the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR) in association with the Ngunnawal Indigenous Higher Education Centre, at the University of Canberra.