Associate Professor Bruce Isaacs

Associate Professor Bruce Isaacs

B.A., PhD
Chair of Discipline: Film Studies
Senior Lecturer
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Associate Professor Bruce Isaacs

I am interested in a wide range of film studies-related topics: histories of film (with a focus on Hollywood, though I have abiding interests in various ‘New Waves’ and movements), film aesthetics and style, critical approaches to film production, film and popular culture (including the relationship between film and other pop culture art forms such as television, literature and music). I am currently intrigued by various developments in High Concept Hollywood and its evolution of new aesthetic practices, including digital and 3D cinema.

  • Film Aesthetics: the legitimacy of ‘Film Style’
  • Realism and Spectacle
  • American Cinema: Classical Hollywood/Hollywood Renaissance (late 60s to Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, 1979)/Hollywood High Concept Cinema
  • Auteur Theory, Independence, New Aesthetic Sensibilities
  • Digital Cinema and Aesthetics: ‘Future Cinema’
  • Film Production Practice – with a focus on screenwriting as a literary and cinematic form
  • Neobaroque Aestheticism in the Modern Genre Film: Sergio Leone, Brian De Palma, John Carpenter, Quentin Tarantino
  • The Mechanics of continuity in the cinema of Michael Bay
  • Screenwriting and the ‘cinematicality’ of a literary form
  • 2016 SUPRA Supervisor of the Year Award - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 2015: FASS Teaching Award (Excellence in Teaching Design and Practice)
  • 2013: FASS Teaching Award (Excellence in Teaching Design and Practice)
Project titleResearch student
Navigating Elusive Practice via the Multitextual, Metaleptic and ErgodicSimon BARE
Whole New Worlds: The Effect of Simulation Technology on Post-Digital Cinema and EntertainmentMichael CHIAN
What Audiences Want: A Comparative Study of Film Distribution and Subscription Video on Demand in AustraliaImogen GARDAM
South Korean New Wave Cinema: multi-perspective and the cinematography of ‘Minjungwha’ filmSeung Je KOH
The spirituality of affect in contemporary East Asian cinema: body intensity and digitalityChenlei XIAO


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Selected Grants


  • The Digital Image , Isaacs B, University of Sydney/Blended Learning Innovation Fund


  • Camera-Stylo: Intersections in Literature and Cinema, Isaacs B, Kelly D, Marks P, University of Sydney/Conference Seed Funding Scheme
  • Virtual Affect: The Immateriality of Bodies, Spaces and Times in Virtual Cinema Production , Isaacs B, University of Sydney/Film Studies Journal Incentive Grant
  • Mapping a Transnational Genre Aesthetic: Sergio Corbuccis Django (1966) and il Grande Silenzio (The Great Silence, 1968), Isaacs B, University of Sydney/Faculty Research Incubator
  • Performing Genre: Industrial, Aesthetic and Ideological Formations in the Films of Sergio Leone, Dario Argento and Brian De Palma, Isaacs B, University of Sydney/Research Support Scheme

In the media

The Conversation

  • Bruce Isaacs reqularly posted articles on 'The Great Movie Scenes' and now on 'Close-up' See all of his articles here.
  • 'Couch culture - six months’ worth of expert picks for what to watch, read and listen to in isolation' 19/03/2020
  • 'Pass the popcorn - Scorsese cinema boycott will shape the future of movies' 08/11/2019
  • 'The Sydney Symphony Orchestra brings The Godfather to life' 02/02/2015

Eastside Radio: 89.7 FM
Guest Presenter:

  • “The Hollywood Musical” May 3, 2015
  • “The Music of James Bond” April 3, 2015
  • “The Music and Cinema of David Lynch” March 1, 2015
  • “The Film Soundtrack” February 1, 2015
  • Sydney University Researcher Talks Series

Research Bites

  • "Future Cinema: Technology and Images" July 9, 2014

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