Welcome to the website of Australian writer, journalist and academic Dr. Dan Edwards. This site features examples of Dan's work from the wide variety of publications he has written for. Whenever possible links have been provided so articles can be viewed in their original context.
Dan recently completed his PhD on China's independent documentary movement at Monash University in Melbourne. His first book, Chinese Independent Documentary: Alternative Visions, Alternative Publics will be published by Edinburgh University Press in May 2015.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Dan is currently living in Melbourne and teaches Asian Cinema and Media at Melbourne University.
In his journalism, Dan mainly focuses on politics and arts-related topics. From 2007-2011 he lived in China's capital Beijing, and was the web editor for The Beijinger and the China correspondent for New Matilda, an Australian online publication featuring news and analysis of current affairs. He is a regular contributor to RealTime, Australia's only free national arts magazine. His work has also appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey, The Diplomat, Inside Film, Screen Hub, Senses of Cinema, Meanjin, Metro Magazine, The Beijinger, Time Out Beijing and China Today.
Dan curated the Street Level Visions program of Chinese documentaries for the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Before living in China, Dan was the managing editor of the Australian Film Commission's Communications Branch. He also formerly taught Film Studies at the University of New South Wales and from 2003 to 2005 was the assistant editor of RealTime.
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Check out my blog, Screening China, featuring news an commentary about China's independent film sector.
Recent articles by Dan Edwards
An Eye on China for Three Decades, RealTime 124, Dec-Jan 2014
A critical overview of a series of documentaries on Hong Kong and China made between the 1980s and the present, by Australian documentarian Nick Torrens. Torrens' most recent work is China's 3 Dreams, which debuted at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival.
Life, Death and Music – Making Connections, RealTime 123, Oct-Nov 2014
Four documentaries at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival that examine the power of popular music composed on the streets: Jalanan (Indonesia), Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets (UK/New Zealand), Jai Bhim Comrade (India), and Don't Think I've Forgotten (US/Cambodia).
Epic History, Intimately Told, RealTime 122, Aug-Sept 2014
An interview with Australian documentary maker Sophia Turkiewicz, about her new film Once My Mother, an epic story of her mother's internment in a Soviet labour camp and post-war journey to Australia.
Redfern: The View from the Inside, RealTime 121, June-July 2014
A review of the latest documentary from the acclaimed Indigenous Australian filmmaker Darlene Johnson, The Redfern Story.
Documentary Democratisation: Well Beyond Water; I Am Eleven, RealTime 120, April-May 2014
Dan's second article for RealTime looking at current debates around digital distribution in Australian documentary, through the case studies of Andy Ross' web-doco Well Beyond Water, and the self-distributed feature documentary I Am Eleven by Genevieve Bailey. Dan's first article on digital distribution can be accessed here.