Professor Richard Maltby

Professor - Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building (4.12)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Richard Maltby is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law in addition to being Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Screen Studies. He moved to Flinders from the UK, where he established the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter, before becoming Research Professor in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. Professor Maltby has co-convened three major international conferences on the history of Hollywood's audiences, and co-edited six books on the subject, the most recent being Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and Cinema, Audiences and Modernity: New Perspectives on European Cinema History (Routledge, 2011). He is Series Editor of Exeter Studies in Film History, and the author of over 50 articles and essays. He is currently working on a history of regulation and the politics of Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s.
PhD University of Exeter, School of English 1978
BA University of Cambridge First Class Honours Degree in History 1974
MA (Cantab) 1978
Honours, awards and grants
Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities
Prix Jean Mitry awarded by the Institut Jean Vigo, Perpiganan
Arthur Miller Centre Prize
American Council of Learned Societies American Studies Fellowship
Key responsibilities
Executive Dean, Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law
Research expertise
Communication and media studies
Film, television and digital media
Research interests
Richard's research interests are centred on the cultural and industrial history of Hollywood. Together with Ruth Vasey, he has held a Large Australian Research Council Grant for a project entitled Reforming the Movies: A Political History of the American Cinema, 1908-1940. With Mike Walsh, Kate Bowles (University of Wollongong) and Deb Verhoeven (RMIT, Deakin), he held an ARC Discovery Grant for a project called Regional Markets and Local Audiences: a History of Australian Cinema Consumption. The same team, together with Jill Julius Matthews (ANU) and Colin Arrowsmith (RMIT) held an ARC Discovery Project for a related project called Mapping the Movies: the Changing Nature of Australia's Cinema Circuits and their Audiences 1956-1984, and currently hold a third ARC Discovery Project called Only at the Movies? Mapping the Contemporary Australian Cinema Market.
Supervisory interests
American cinema
History, film industry
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Showing Off the Star: the aesthetics of star display in the 1930s RKO Astaire-Rogers Musicals (1), Film Cycles and the Hollywood Studio System (1), Hollywood’s Peace Time Propaganda of World War II (1)
Associate supervisor: The Paradox of Nollywood (1), Cinema Distribution and Exhibition in Rural South Australia during the Early 1930s (1)
Principal supervisor: Reappraising the Renaissance: The New Hollywood in Industrial and Critical Context (1)
Associate supervisor: South Korean Film Since 1986: The Domestic and Regional Formulation of East Asia's Most Recent Commercial Entertainment Cinema (1), Hollywood Widescreen Style Cinemascope, Panavision, Techniscope (1), My Grandmother on the Other Side of the Lake (1), From evidence to screen: a model for producing educational content in the twenty first century (1)
Expert for media contact
History - American
United States of America
American Cinema
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Media expertise
  • Film
  • History - American
  • United States of America
  • American Cinema
Further information
  • Principal Supervisor to 15 completed PhD and 8 MA theses in Film Studies, Media Studies, American Studies.
  • Currently Principal Supervisor to 4 PhD students and co-supervisor to 6 PhD and MA students.
  • External Examiner to 14 completed PhD theses.

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