Wednesday, 25 October 2017

RMIT authors showcase - Dr. Adrian Danks


At RMIT University Library we are extremely proud of our academics and their contributions to their fields of research expertise. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature “‘Ain't there anyone here for love?’ Space, place and community in the cinema of Howard Hawks”, a chapter written by Dr Adrian Danks for Howard Hawks: New Perspectives (2016), edited by Ian Brookes.

One of Australia’s leading writers on film culture, Dr Danks is Deputy Dean, Media in the School of Media and Communication. He has published widely on the cinematic representation of place, Australian, US and Iranian cinema, film restoration, found footage cinema, home movies, film criticism, and cinematic authorship. His writing has appeared in a range of books and journals including: Senses of Cinema, Studies in Documentary Film, Studies of Australian Cinema, Australian Book Review, Metro, Screening the Past, Real-Time and Screen Education. He is the author of A Companion to Robert Altman (Wiley) and is currently completing several books including Australian International Pictures (Edinburgh) and 3-D Cinema (Rutgers). An experienced educator, Dr Danks has taught an array of cinema and cultural studies courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at RMIT University, and has supervised numerous students at both MA and PhD levels. He was co-editor of the internationally recognised journal Senses of Cinema from 2000-2014 and is co-curator of The Melbourne Cinémathèque, screening at ACMI.

In his chapter titled, "Ain't there anyone here for love?" Space, place and community in the cinema of Howard Hawks", Dr Danks examines the ways in which many of Hawks' films create a hermetic world that embraces the heightened artificiality of classical Hollywood cinema. Although Hawks is most often celebrated as a masculine action director who utilises exterior locations, Danks presents a complex re-examination of particular elements of the director's style in relation to the intricate and even domestic construction and representation of space and place.
Find this chapter in RMIT University Library:
Danks, A. 2016, "Ain't there anyone here for love?" Space, place and community in the cinema of Howard Hawks" in Ian Brookes (ed.) Howard Hawks: New Perspectives, Palgrave and British Film Institute, London, pp. 35-48.

Other recent publications by Dr Adrian Danks, available at RMIT University Library, include:

Danks, A. (2016). 
This room is my castle of quiet: The collaborations of Delmer Daves and Glenn Ford. In: Matthew Carter and Andrew Patrick Nelson (ed.) Refocus: The Films of Delmer Daves, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 102-117.

Danks, A. (2016). 
South of Ealing: recasting a British studio's antipodean escapade In: Studies in Australasian Cinema, 10.2, 1-14 

Danks, A. (2015). "
The man I love', or time regained: Altman, history and Kansas City" In: Danks (ed.) Companion to Robert Altman, Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom, 321-45. 

Danks, A. (2015). 
"It's OK with me:" Introducing Robert Altman In: Danks (ed.) Companion to Robert Altman, Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom, 1-17.

Please view Dr Adrian Dank's 
staff profile for a more comprehensive biography and list of his publications.