Psychology and the Moving Image International (PAMII)

Mark Nicholls

Mark Nicholls
Mark Nicholls
Mark Nicholls

Mark Nicholls (PhD) is Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne where he has taught film since 1993. He is the author of Lost Objects of Desire: The Performances of Jeremy Irons, Berghahn Books
(2012) Scorsese¹s Men: Melancholia and the Mob, Pluto and Indiana University Press (2004), and recently published chapters and articles on Italian Art and Film in the Cold War (Third Text), Mad Men (Refractory)
Martin Scorsese (Film Quarterly, Palgrave Macmillan, Blackwell & Cambridge), Luchino Visconti (QRFV) and Shakespeare in film (JFV). Mark is a film journalist and worked for many years on ABC Radio and for The
Age newspaper, for which he wrote a weekly film column between 2007 and 2009.  Mark has an extensive list of stage credits as a playwright, performer, producer and director.



2012 Lost Objects of Desire: The Performances of Jeremy Irons, Berghahn Books, Oxford.

2004 Scorsese's Men: Melancholia and the Mob, Pluto Press Australia, republished as Scorsese's Men: Melancholia and the Mob, Indiana University Press (2005).


Journal Articles

2014 “Marriage, Romance and Mourning Movement in Cherie Nowlan’s Thank God He Me Lizzie”, Journal of Popular Romance Studies (4:1)

2013 [with Anthony White] “Il gesto: Global Art and Italian Gesture Painting in the 1950s”, Humanities Research no 3, 81-97.

2013 “From Divestment to Due Resolution: King Lear and the New York Fabulists 1989-1992”, Journal of Film and Video, Volume 65, no.3 (Fall 2013).

2012 “Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road and the Talent to Bemuse”, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 29: 4, pp. 329-337.

2012 [with Anthony Gardner and Anthony White] “Cold War Cultures and Globalisation: Art and Film in Italy 1946-1963”, Third Text, 26:2, pp. 205-215.

2011 “Don Draper On the Couch: Mad Men and the Stranger to Paradise”, Refractory, Vol.19. 2011,

2006 “Visconti's Il gattopardo: Melancholia and the Radical Sensibility”, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 23: 97-110.

2005 “Freud and Gidget Go to Rome But Uncle Sam Doesn't: The Roman Fever Films 1953-1963”, Studi d'italianistica nell'Africa australe: Italian Studies in Southern Africa. vol. 18, no 2, pp. 1-33.

2004 “Male Melancholia and Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence”, Film Quarterly, no. 1 (Fall 2004), pp. 25-35.

2004 “Gen. Italia: Class, Sexuality and the Melodrama of Migration in Italian-Australian Cinema”, Transdisciplinary Journal of Emergence, Issue 2, no. 2, Spring.

2003 “Brush up Your Shakespeare: Performance Anxieties in Shakespeare inLove”, Journal of Film and Video, 54: 4.

1998 “Martin Scorsese's Kundun: A Melancholic Momentum”, Metro no. 116, August 1998, pp. 11-14.

1997 “She Who Gets Slapped: Jane Campion's Portrait of a Lady”, Metro No.111, August, 1997, pp. 43-47.


Chapters in Books

2012 “The Machine Gun in the Violin Case: Martin Scorsese, Mean Streets and the Gangster Musical Art Melodrama”, Miller, Vivien and Oakley, Helen (ed) Cross-Cultural Connections in Crime Fiction. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 106-120.

2010 “Martin Scorsese and the Hollywood Gangster Melodrama”, Horsley, L. & Rzepka, C. (eds), A Companion to Crime Fiction, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 553-561.

2005 “My Victims/My Melancholia: Raging Bull and Vincent Minnelli's The Bad andthe Beautiful” in Hayes, K. (ed), Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, Cambridge Film Handbooks, Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 116-134.

1999 “Something For the Man Who Has Everything: Melancholia and

the Films of Martin Scorsese” in Biber, K., Sear, T. & Trudinger, D. (eds.) Playing the Man: New approaches to masculinity, Pluto Press, Annandale, pp. 39-51 & 215-216.

1998 “Frontline” (Extended and Revised) Insight '99, Iris Breuer & Leonie Keaney (eds.) Insight Publications, pp. 84-92.

1997 “Frontline” Insight ' 98, Leonie Keaney (ed.) Insight Publications, pp. 103-107.

1997 “Crazy Days at Culver City: Reflections on Hollywood Histories and the Popular Documentary”, Ormond Papers, vol. 14, 1997, pp.175-182.


Other Articles

2009 “A Family Affair”, Senses of Cinema, issue no. 50, 2009, co authored with Anika Ervin-Ward,

2007 "Election 2007: five scenarios with a grain of salt", Crikey, "Politics Etc.", Wednesday, 6 June 2007:

2004 “The Third Man: Scene by Scene Analysis”, Australian Screen Education #35 (Winter) pp.97-103.

2004 “The Third Man: Background and Context”, Australian Screen Education #34 (Autumn), pp. 93-99.

2003 “‘It’s Harry I'm Planning to Marry’: Oedipal desire in Carol Reed's TheThird Man”, Australian Screen Education #33 (Summer) pp. 131-135.

2003 “Citizens, friends and Shattered Illusions in Carol Reed's The Third Man”, in Australian Screen Education #32 (Spring), pp. 127-132.

2002 “‘Are you going to do it like that, Darling’: Performance Desire in Shakespeare in Love”, Australian Screen Education # no. 29, pp.158-163.

2001 “Cape Fear: Pauline Hanson and the White Trash Angst”, Formerly at

1997 “Small Towns, Families and The Repression We Had To Have: Lasse Hallstrom's What's Eating Gilbert Grape?Metro Education # 13, 1997, pp. 3-6.


 Catalogue Entries

2000 “Luis Buñuel's Public Call to Assassination”, 49th Melbourne International Film Festival Catalogue, p. 54.

1999 “Urban Myths: Architecture and the City”, 48th Melbourne International Film Festival Catalogue, p. 96.


DVD Commentaries

2011 Martin Scorsese’s Short Films (Martin Scorsese)

2009 Summer Time (David Lean)

2008 All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)

2008 Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)

2006 Gruppo di famiglia in un interno/Conversation Piece (Luchino Visconti)

2006 Viridiana (Luis Buñuel) with Assoc. Professor Judith Keene.



2013 Dust, Leather, Masculinity, ACMI.

2010 Mad Men, Mad Women, ACMI


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