Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Lesley Speed

Lesley Speed

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus, H Building, Room H220
Phone: 5327 9759
Email: l.speed@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy – Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Monash University

Teaching

  • Media and Screen Texts (FLMES 1001)
  • Australian Cinema (FLMOL 2001/3001)
  • Hollywood Cinema (FLMGL 2202/3302)
  • Documentary Film and Video (FLMGL 2207/3307)
  • Asian Cinema and Cultures (FLMGL 2200/3300)
  • Special Topics in Screen Studies (FLMOL 2204/3304
  • Advanced Studies in Literature and Screen (BAHRS 4102)

Biography

My research and teaching is primarily in Media and  Screen Studies. My research has been published in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2010 I was a Scholar in Residence at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Before my current position at FedUni, I taught at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and three campuses of Monash University. While specialising in Screen Studies, I have also taught in Communication Studies, Media Studies and Cultural Studies.

Areas of expertise

Screen studies, including Australian cinema and Hollywood cinema and popular genres, particularly teen film and comedy.

Research interests

  • Contemporary and early screen comedy
  • Youth cinema
  • Generational difference in screen texts
  • Cultural value in relation to popular culture

Supervision

I am available for supervision of research in a wide range of areas of Screen and Media studies, including topics relating to cinema, television and/or popular genres.

I have supervised postgraduate and Honours research about:

  • Paratexts, formal construction and filmic representations of bisexuality
  • Representation and development of Native American identity through Tonto
  • Warrior women in contemporary popular fiction
  • The trauma aesthetic of found footage horror films
  • Lucio Fulci's nightmarish depiction
  • A script-driven, micro-budget production methodology for feature film
  • Formal experimentation in Velvet Goldmine as a means of queer transgression\
  • Love songs in mega-musicals of the 1960s
  • Representations of gender in the midnight musical
  • Mythic narrative structure in Judy Garland films
  • Horror film remakes
  • Masculinity in neo-maritime literature

Publications

Books

Clueless: American youth in the 1990's. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, forthcoming.

Australian Comedy Films of the 1930s: Modernity, the Urban and the International. The Moving Image 13. St Kilda: Australian Teachers of Media, 2015. ISBN 9781876467258

Book chapters and sections

"Way Hilarious: Amy Heckerling as a Female Comedy Director, Writer, and Producer". Refocus: The Films of Amy Heckerling. Ed. Frances Smith and Timothy Shary. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2016. 218-239 ISBN 9781474404617

"Comedian comedy". Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand. Ed. Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan and Geoff Lealand. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2015. 79–81. ISBN 9781841506340

"Director: Ken G. Hall (1901–1994)". Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand 2. Ed. Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan and Geoff Lealand. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2015. 41–44. ISBN 9781841506340

"Comedy". Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand. Ed. Ben Goldsmith and Geoff Lealand. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2010. 159–162. eISBN 9781841503424, ISBN 9781841503738

"His Royal Highness". Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand. Ed. Goldsmith and Lealand. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2010. 163–4. eISBN 9781841503424, ISBN 9781841503738

"Harmony Row". Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand. Ed. Goldsmith and Lealand. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2010. 165–6. eISBN 9781841503424, ISBN 9781841503738

"A Ticket in Tatts". Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand. Ed. Goldsmith and Lealand. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2010. 166–7. eISBN 9781841503424, ISBN 9781841503738

"Strike Me Lucky". Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand. Ed. Goldsmith and Lealand. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2010. 168–9. eISBN 9781841503424, ISBN 9781841503738

"Out of the Frying Pan: From Casual Teaching to Temp Work". Gypsy Scholars, Migrant Teachers and the Global Academic Proletariat: Adjunct Labor in Higher Education. Ed. Rudolphus Teeuwen and Steffen Hantke. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2007. 127–147. ISBN 9789042023093

Refereed journal articles

"Fishing in the waters of life: Zane Grey's White Death, exploitation film and the Great Barrier Reef".
Studies in Australasian Cinema, forthcoming.

"The virtual city in The Doctor Blake Mysteries". Metro 187 (summer 2016): 50-56. ISSN 03122654

"In the best film star tradition': Claire Adams and Mooramong". Screening the Past. 39 (August 2015). http://www.screeningthepast.com/2015/06/in-the-best-film-star-tradition-claire-adams-and-mooramong/ ISSN 13289759

Chivers, Marian, Lesley Speed and Meg Tasker. "The warrior woman in Harlequin's Bombshell Athena Force series". Australasian Jornal of Popular Culture 43.3 (August 2010): 820-841. ISSN 1449857X

"A handshake and a smile: Video-making, young people and mental health". Screen Education 59 (Spring 2010): 52–57. ISSN 1449857X

"Loose Cannons: White Masculinity and the Vulgar Teen Comedy Film". Journal of Popular Culture 43.4 (August 2010): 820–841. ISSN 00223840

"Win and Lose: Subculture and Social Difference in Dogs in Space". Metro 162 (2009). 160–165. ISSN 03122654

"Strike Me Lucky: Social difference and consumer culture in Roy Rene's only film." Screening the Past 26 (December 2009). Web. <http://www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthepast/26/strike-me-lucky.html> ISSN 13289756

"The comedian comedies: George Wallace's 1930s comedies, Australian cinema and Hollywood". Metro 158 (2008): 76–82. ISSN 03122654

"The possibilities of roads not taken: Intellect and Utopia in the films of Richard Linklater". Journal of Popular Film & Television 35.3 (Fall 2007): 98–106. ISSN 01956051

"When the Sun Sets over Suburbia: Class and Subculture in Bruce Beresford's Puberty Blues". Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 20.3 (Sept. 2006): 407–418. ISSN 14693666

"'No matter how far you run': Looking for Alibrandi and coming of age in Italo-Australian cinema and girlhood". Screening the Past 19 (2006). Web. <http://www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthepast/19/looking-for-alibrandi.html> ISSN 13289756

"Life as a Pizza: The Comic Traditions of Wogsploitation Films". Metro 146/147 (2005): 136–144. ISSN 03122654

"You and Me Against the World: Revisiting Puberty Blues". Metro 140 (2004). 54–60 . ISSN 03122654

"A World Ruled by Hilarity: Gender and Low Comedy in the Films of Amy Heckerling". Senses of Cinema 22 (2002). 4 Oct. 2002. Web. <www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/02/22/heckerling.html> ISSN 14434059

"Reading, writing and unruliness: Female education in the St Trinian's films". International Journal of Cultural Studies 5.2 (June 2002): 221–238. ISSN 13678779

"Moving On Up: Education in Black American Youth Films". Journal of Popular Film & Television 29.2 (Summer 2001): 82–91. ISSN 01956051

"Together in Electric Dreams: Films Revisiting 1980s Youth". Journal of Popular Film & Television 28.1 (Spring 2000): 22–29. ISSN 01956051

"Millennium Man: Comedy and Masculinity in the Films of Mike Myers". Metro 120 (1999): 56–64. ISSN 03122654

"Tuesday's Gone: The Nostalgic Teen Film". Journal of Popular Film & Television 26.1 (Spring 1998): 24–32. ISSN 01956051

"Pastel Romances: The Teen Films of John Hughes". Metro 113/114 (1998): 103–110. ISSN 03122654

"Kids". Metro 105 (1996): 4–10. ISSN 03122654

"Good Fun and Bad Hair Days: Girls in Teen Film". Metro 101 (1995): 24–30. ISSN 03122654

Seminar presentations

"'The Best Men in the Metrolopis [sic]': Speech and language in 1930s Australian comedy films", Cultural Enquiry Research Group, University of Ballarat, 2012.

"Make us smile: Australian comedy film's early peak and its challenges to cultural values in the 1930s". National Film and Sound Archive, 2010.

"George Wallace's 1930s comedies, Australian cinema and Hollywood". School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat, 2009.

"Insights into mental health". DVD presentation. Grampians Mental Health Conference, 2009.

"Development and evaluation of a pilot film-making program for rural youth with serious mental illness". With Dr Candice Boyd. School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, 2008.

"Anti-intellectualism in the New Hollywood". School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat, 2007.

"Life as a pizza: the comic traditions of wogsploitation films". School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat, 2006.

Associations

  • Cultural Enquiry Research Group (CERG), Federation University Australia
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards judge