Style Guide


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Please ensure manuscripts are in a standard font, 12-point font size and contain minimal formatting.

Illustrations should be sent as separate files in a standard image format (jpeg, TIFF, etc) rather than embedded in manuscripts.

Please indicate in the manuscript where you would like images to appear, and a caption.

General Style

Australian spelling
Colour rather than color
Dialogue rather than dialog
Recognisable rather than recognizable
Neighbour rather than neighbor
Travelled rather than traveled

Film titles
In italics, followed by director’s name and year of release in parentheses.
Eg. Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971).

For non-English language films, original title first, followed by English title in parentheses if there is one.
Eg: Il deserto rosso (Red Desert, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964).
Thereafter use the English title.

The only exception to this is if the film is commonly known in English by its foreign title, such as La Jetée.

Book and newspaper titles
In italics.
Eg: As The Age critic Jake Wilson wrote, Mad Dog Morgan is a classic example of 1970s Ozploitation.

One to ten as words, 11 and above as digits.

23 October 2015
’60s (not sixties or 60’s)
20th century (not 20th Century, twentieth century, Twentieth Century)

Quotes and punctuation
For sentences, punctuation inside quote marks:
Eg: Although Bazin wrote, “the Western is the only genre whose origins are almost identical with those of the cinema itself,” others have disputed this claim.

For single words or very short phrases, punctuation outside quote marks:
Eg: She later declared that of all her films, this was her “least favourite”.

En dashes for dashes within sentences, with a space either side.
Eg: It remains to be seen if more of her work will be discovered – so far only the films made after 1928 are known to exist.

Additional points
Filmmaker, rather than film-maker
Gordon Willis’ cinematography, NOT Gordon Willis’s cinematography.


Formatting your references

Please format references in the manner described below – our online Content Management System will then automatically compile your references as endnotes, with links in the text from each superscript number to the endnote.

Place each reference in square brackets where the superscript number should appear in the text of the article. Inside the brackets write the endnote number, full stop, space, and then the reference, like this:

Referencing style

Senses uses Chicago style endnotes. Please format your references in the manner described above.

Example citations are given below.

Len Lye, Figures of Motion (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1984), p. 31.

Book chapter
Ying Qian, “Working with Rubble: Montage, Tweets and the Reconstruction of an Activist Documentary” in China’s iGeneration: Cinema and Moving Image Culture for the Twenty-first Century, Matthew D. Johnson, Keith B. Wagner, Kiki Tianqi Yu and Luke Vulpiani, eds. (New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), p. 183.

Journal article
D.A. Miller, “Hitchcock’s Hidden Pictures,” Critical Inquiry 37 (Autumn 2010): p. 115.

Journal article online
Charles Leary, “Performing the Documentary, or Making it to the Other Bank,” Senses of Cinema 27 (July 2003),

Newspaper article
Tom Seymour, “Silent Horror: the Director of The Tribe on His Brutal Film About Life in a Deaf School,” The Guardian, 14 May 2015,

Personal interviews
Dan Torre, Interview with Max Hattler (Melbourne, 21 June 2015).