After a delay of several months, we are proud to announce the winner of the Senses of Cinema-UniSA Essay Prize, awarded to the best published work in 2021 by an Australian contributor. This prize is supported by the University of South Australia to support and showcase critical, informed writing on film and related media, build professional opportunities for film scholars, writers and critics, and contribute actively towards a vibrant film culture.

The judging panel of this year’s prize includes Senses of Cinema managing editor Tara Judah, Film Reviewer and Radio Broadcaster on 3RRR 102.7FM’s film review show Primal Screen and Board member of The Melbourne Cinémathèque Felicity Ford and lecturer in screen studies at the University of South Australia Stuart Richards. We are very grateful to the panel for their deliberation and expertise in awarding the prize this year.

And now, for the announcement! The winner is…  Marion May Campbell for her article Lesley Stern: Outlaw of Genre published in Issue 98. Well done, Marion, on a spirited dedicated to a beloved film scholar. The judges would also like to give an honourable mention to Julia Flaster for ‘On Filming the Unimaginable: Memory, Silence and Time in Allison Chhorn’s The Plastic House’ published in our Australian Autofiction dossier in Issue 99. Well done, Julia!

Jury Statement

The standard of publications eligible for the 2021 prize were of a considerably high standard. This year, the judges were struck at the personal nature of both winning pieces. While the make up of the judging panel this year is markedly different, we note that the winning essay is another obituary to a much-celebrated film scholar. Campbell’s writing is evocative and portrays the emotional work that is poured into teaching and writing about our engagement with cinema. Likewise, Flaster’s analysis of The Plastic House, details the affective power that the film’s aesthetics have over the viewer. We congratulate Campbell and Flaster on this wonderful essays.

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