Elle Liu holds a Bachelor degree in Film Studies with a major in Scriptwriting from the Communication University of China, Beijing. She is currently studying in the Masters of Global Media Communication at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. Her research interests include screen cultures, digital communications, media convergence, journalism practice and cinema studies. Recently, her research has focused on using close textual readings to analyze gender and sexual identities in contemporary queer representations. Prior to her postgraduate studies, Elle Liu was a freelance screenwriter with a primary focus on adolescence, fan subcultures, and cultural translation. She has worked in various media corporations including China Central Television and had artistic practice in the area of Film and Television Production as script coordinator, journalist, and editor. She is pursuing her career of the moving image concentrating on digital art, creating serial narrative and story content for the screen.
Researched and wrote 8 stories, rediscovered cinematic gems from Austria, reviewed some brilliant experimental films collected within ACMI. Also, reread the cinematic texts in the works of Austria filmmaker Michale Haneke, whose film The Piano Teacher has built into the very foundations of Western "high art", an oppressive and repression of excess and desire. It also shares a deeply Freudian pessimism about the future of culture. Although many of Michael Haneke's films are disturbing, 'obscene', and contain extremely disturbing images, it is nevertheless a consistent and unforgettable investigation of Western culture at a point of spiritual collapse.
Week ten marks the second last week of researching on ACMI collection. Completed another 8 stories this week. There are tons of collection items related to Australia and it is always pleasing to know more about this country, the culture, and modernization. Focusing on the research track makes me quite familiar with the whole ACMI collection and I would use some of my works and what have learned from research on the database to develop into my 8000 words internship report.
This week 's topic is South Asia, it is a bit tricky that when writing stories about Afghanistan and Thailand, there are so many materials on those countries while so few resources to refer to for writing the Bangladesh story. Particularly, Afghanistan offers quite a few controversial topics in relation to the 9/11 attack, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the War on Terror. Although I am currently struggling with my 10,000 words research essay, I managed to finish nine stories this week on time. I will keep the pace for the next two weeks of the internship.