We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Senses of Cinema-Monash Essay Prize awarded to the best published work in 2017 by an Australian contributor. This prize has been established in partnership with Monash University 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 the inaugural prize includes our newly appointed editor César Albarrán Torres who is also Lecturer in Media at Swinburne University, independent film writer and critic Philippa Hawker and Associate Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Monash University, Deane Williams. We are so grateful to the panel for their consideration and expertise in awarding the prize this year.

And now, for the announcement (drum roll please)! The winner is… Joanna Di Mattia for her fabulous Great Directors profile on filmmaker Terence Davies published in Issue 84. Congratulations Joanna on a wonderful, thoughtful piece of writing that so impressed the judges and which makes such an important contribution to film scholarship around the world. Joanna will receive a cash prize of AUD $500. This year, the judges have also awarded a runner-up prize to Blythe Worthy for her article, ‘Questioning the “Strong Female Character”: Gillian Armstrong’s High Tide (1987)‘ published in Issue 83. Once again, congratulations Blythe for this engaging essay on such an important Australian film and director!

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