Welcome to the website of Australian writer, journalist and critic 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's first book, Chinese Independent Documentary: Alternative Visions, Alternative Publics will be published by Edinburgh University Press in April 2015.
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.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Dan currently resides in Melbourne, where he is completing a book and PhD thesis on China's independent documentary movement. He is also currently teaching Asian Cinema at Melbourne University.
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.
Juche Showtime: Capturing the DPRK on Film, panel at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival, August 2013
On 8 August, Dan hosted a panel on filmmaking in one of the world's most reclusive states, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, better known in the West as North Korea. The panel was part of this year's Melbourne International Film Festival, and featured Australian documentary maker Anna Broinowski (Aim High in Creation!), Nick Bonner (Comrade Kim Goes Flying), and Professor Annette Hamilton. You can view a picture gallery of the event here.
Recent articles by Dan Edwards
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.
Cautionary Tales: Under the Eyes of ASIO, RealTime 119, February-March 2014
A look at some of the responses to Haydn Keenan’s four-part documentary series Persons of Interest, that screened recently on Australia's SBS channel. The series details how ASIO conducted mass surveillance of the Australian population throughout the post-war years.
Making and Distributing from the Grassroots Up, RealTime 118, December-January 2013
A discussion of some of the issues raised by Lauren Carroll Harris’ new Platform Paper, Not at a Cinema Near You (Currency House) in relation to the distribution of documentaries in Australia.
Facing the Evasion of the Bitterest Truth, RealTime, 117, October-Nov 2013
A review of the new documentary The Act of Killing, about the massacre of communists in 1965 that ushered in Indoesia's "New Order." The film is directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, who was interviwed for the article.