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Dr. Duncan McLean

Senior Lecturer – Screen Studies

Dr. Duncan McLean is a senior lecturer in Screen Studies. A passionate teacher, Duncan has over a decade of experience teaching film history and theory to undergraduate students and has been teaching at the Australian Film Television and Radio School since 2015.

Duncan received a PhD in Film Studies at Macquarie University in 2013 for a thesis entitled ‘The Rise of the Auteurist Filmmaker’ which explored the impact of the simultaneous emergence of auteur film criticism and expansion of tertiary film education in the USA in the 1960s on the directors of Hollywood’s Film School Generation. More recently he has written on genre and genre blending particularly in relation to the superhero film.

At AFTRS, Duncan’s focus is on tailoring a film theory and history education that meets the specific needs of aspiring screen practitioners. In 2018, he was a recipient of the AFTRS Award for Excellence in Teaching Practice.

Duncan has been a recurring guest on ABC Radio, and has hosted the Sydney Film Festival trivia night.