Duncan McLean

Lecturer - History of Film

Dr Duncan McLean joined the Australian Film, Television and Radio School as a lecturer in History of Film in 2015.

Duncan received his PhD in Film Studies at Macquarie University in 2013. His doctoral thesis, entitled The Rise of the Auteurist Filmmaker: The Impact of Auteur Criticism in 1960s American Film Culture on the Directors of the Film School Generation, explored the different ways in which an auteur-focused film education manifested itself in the careers of the influential “Movie Brats,” focusing particularly on the careers of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

A passionate and enthusiastic film communicator, Duncan has lectured and tutored in undergraduate film studies units at Macquarie University and Macquarie City Campus, as well as speaking and running events for school and community groups on different aspects of film history.


PhD - Film Studies, Macquarie University (2013)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours, First Class), Macquarie University (2007)
Bachelor of Media (Visual Production), Macquarie University (2006)

Professional History

Lecturer in History of Film, AFTRS (2015)
Lecturer in Film Studies, Macquarie City Campus (2013-2015)
Sessional Lecturer in Film Studies, Macquarie University (2012-2015)
Tutor, Macquarie University (2008-2015)


McLean, D. 2009. The Evolution of the Term ‘New Hollywood.’ NEO, 2009 Issue. (ISSN 1835-9590)

Duncan’s film reviews can be found at his personal website: www.doctorofmovies.com


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.