Professor & Dean, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University

Lisa French is the Dean of RMIT's School of Media and Communication and Professor in Cinema Studies, Media and Communication. She is the co-author of the books 'Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute' (2009 & 2014) and 'Womenvision: Women and the Moving Image in Australia' (2003). Lisa’s PhD and MA research were both centrally interested in gender and Australian film, and she has published widely in these fields in local and international journals. Her film projects include producing the film 'Birth of a Film Festival' (2003), a film about the first Melbourne International Film Festival. Her professional history includes a broad range of experiences in screen culture, including three years as the director of the St Kilda Film Festival, and nine years as a Director of the national screen culture body, the Australian Film Institute (AFI). Her survey 'Women in the Victorian Film, Television and Related Industries' can be found at: Final Survey Report.pdf She is currently the co-chair of a UNESCO 19 global university research network on media, gender and ICTs ( and is a member of the Screen Australia Gender Matters Taskforce.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Cinema Studies, Media & Communication, RMIT University


  • 2007 
    RMIT, PhD


Recipient of several Australian Teaching & Learning Council (ALTC) Citations