Masterclasses at Melbourne University | Martin Scorsese

Melbourne Masterclasses  Martin Scorsese   Faculty of ArtsMartin Scorsese | 17th September 2016

The Faculty of Arts, in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, presents a one day masterclass on American director, producer, screenwriter, and film conservationist, Martin Scorsese in celebration of ACMI’s SCORSESE exhibition. The day will consist of two sessions focussing on Scorsese’s mastery of storytelling through creative process and collaborations. Each session will entail a lecture discussing specific films, followed by Q&A and discussion. A light lunch and course handout notes will be provided.


Session 1: Scorsese Sights, Sounds and the Manufacture of Emotion

In this lecture Dr Mark Nicholls analyses clips from selected films and demonstrates the way Martin Scorsese tells his stories with actors and through his departments of photography, editing, sound and design. Scorsese’s films make a remarkable visual and aural impression on their audience. Matching the intellectual complexities that confront us in Scorsese’s film universe, this lecture demonstrates the way these films elicit the vital emotional responses which lie at the heart of the filmmaking Scorsese has pioneered since the 1960s.

Films Discussed: Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Life Lessons (1989), Cape Fear(1991), Kundun (1997) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Dr Mark Nicholls 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) and Scorsese’s Men: Melancholia and the Mob, Pluto and Indiana University Press (2004). He has published a range of articles and essays on Martin Scorsese and has recorded the audio commentary for the Madman Entertainment release of Martin Scorsese’s Short Films (2011). Mark is a film journalist and worked for many years on ABC Radio and for The Age newspaper, in addition to his extensive list of stage credits as a playwright, performer, producer and director.

Session 2: Martin Scorsese: Creative Process and Questions of Authorship

In this lecture, Radha O’Meara will examine Scorsese’s films, screenplays and development practices to build a picture of dynamic creative collaboration. The distinctive dialogue, characters, stories, and approach to genre associated with Scorsese will be explored through his work with colleagues such as actor Robert De Niro and editor Thelma Schoonmaker. Scorsese’s roles as writer, director, producer and auteur will be interrogated. The myths and legends of Hollywood history are a preoccupation of Scorsese, and we will scrutnise his adeptness at spinning his own myths and legends of filmmaking.

Films Discussed: Mean Streets (1973), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982) GoodFellas(1990), Casino (1995), Hugo (2011)

Dr Radha O’Meara is a Lecturer in Screenwriting in the School of Culture and Communication. She has studied in Australia, the USA and Germany and taught at universities in Australia and New Zealand. Radha teaches Writing for Screen and Advanced Screenwriting and has created fiction and non-fiction for film, video, television and new media. Her critical research concentrates on serial narrative form in contemporary film and television. She has published on soap operas, superheroes and cat videos.

COST: 45 University of Melbourne students, staff and Alumni, and ACMI Members, $55 Non Alumni. Book on the University of Melbourne website:

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