Dr Lisa French

Dean, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University

About Me

Professor Lisa French is Dean in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.

She has written extensively on Australian cinema, particularly in relation to women in film and TV. She co-authored the book ‘Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute’ (2009 & 2014), and was the co-writer/editor of the anthology ‘Womenvision: Women and the Moving Image in Australia’ (2003).

Her professional includes three years as the director of the prestigious St Kilda Film Festival and nine years on the board of the Australian Film Institute.

Her film projects include producing the film Birth of a Film Festival (2003), a documentary about the first Melbourne International Film Festival.

She was the Chair of the 2016 ‘Screen Futures’ International conference and is currently the co-chair of a UNESCO 19 global university media, gender and ICTs research network. She is a member of the Screen Australia ‘Gender Matters Task Force’.


Doctor of Philosophy School of Applied Communication, RMIT University, 2007: 'Centring the female: the articulation of female experience in the films of Jane Campion'.

Master of Arts La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, 1995: 'Do Contemporary Australian Women Filmmakers Share a Feminist Perspective in their Work?'

Graduate Diploma in Media & Educational Technology, Victoria College, Toorak Campus, 1987.

Bachelor of Education (Media major) Victoria College, Rusden Campus, 1983.

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