Dr Jonathan Driskell


Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies 

Email: jonathan.driskell@monash.edu 
Telephone No: +603 5514 6128 
Fax No: +603 5514 6365 
Room No: 2-6-03


PhD (Film Studies), King's College London
MA (Film Studies), Sheffield Hallam University
BA (Film and Video), University of Wales, Newport
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE), Monash University


After completing a BA (Hons) degree in Film and Video (University of Wales) and an MA in Film Studies (Sheffield Hallam University), I wrote my PhD thesis at King’s College London on ‘Female Cinematic Stardom in 1930s French Film’. In this I explore the significance of a new type of female star that emerged in France during the 1930s consisting of performers who entered the cinema directly, rather than beginning their careers on stage as was customary at the time. This work is part of a broader interest in film stardom: I wrote my MA dissertation on Bette Davis and, while at King’s College London, co-organised a conference entitled ‘New Developments in Stardom’. I also teach a third year unit at Monash entitled ‘Stardom: Celebrity, Society and Power’. Since completing my PhD I have written a number of pieces on French cinema, including a book on Marcel Carné, which forms part of the Manchester University Press French Film Directors series, and a book entitled The French Screen Goddess: Film Stardom and the Modern Woman in 1930s France, which is based on my PhD thesis. In the School of Arts and Social Sciences, I serve as Undergraduate Course Coordinator and run a series of film screenings called Nasi Bungkus Cinema, which showcase the films of Monash students and local independent filmmakers. Prior to moving to Monash, I taught Film Studies in the United Kingdom at King’s College London, Kingston University and the University of Southampton.

My research interests are in film history, film authorship, star studies, and the representation of gender and sexuality in film, with a particular focus on French and Southeast Asian cinemas (especially Malaysian). I am currently conducting research on the stardom of P. Ramlee and have plans for projects on other Southeast Asian stars.




  • Jonathan Driskell (2015), The French Screen Goddess: Film Stardom and the Modern Woman in 1930s France (London: I. B. Tauris)
  • Jonathan Driskell (2012), Marcel Carné (Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press).

Book Chapters

  • Jonathan Driskell (2015), "Space, nostalgia and loneliness: Authorship and politics in the films of Azharr Rudin", in James Chin and Joern Dosch (eds), Malaysia Post-Mahathir: A Decade of Change?  (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions)
  • Jonathan Driskell (2015), ‘Michèle Morgan’ and ‘Danielle Darrieux’, in Michaël Abecassis (ed) with Marcelline Block, French Cinema in Close-up: La Vie d’un acteur pour moi (Dublin: Phaeton). 
  • Jonathan Driskell (2012), ‘Un mauvais garçon’, in Charlie Michael and Tim Palmer (eds.), Directory of World Cinema: France (Bristol: Intellect). 
  • Jonathan Driskell (2012), ‘Quelle drôle de gosse: Danielle Darrieux et la comédie française des années 30’, in Delphine Chedaleux, Gwénaëlle Le Gras, Raphaëlle Moine and Geneviève Sellier (eds.), Revisiter le cinéma français classique: les genres et leurs acteurs et actrices (Rennes: Les Presses Universitaires de Rennes). 
  • Jonathan Driskell (2010), ‘The meaning of that French word chic: Annabella’s Franco-British stardom’, in Lucy Mazdon and Catherine Wheatley (eds.), Je t’aime…moi non plus: Franco-British Cinematic Relations (New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books), pp. 185-96.

Journal Articles

  • Jonathan Driskell (2008), ‘The female ‘metaphysical’ body in poetic realist film’, Studies in French Cinema, 8:1, pp. 57-73. 
  • Jonathan Driskell (2008), ‘Conference report: Anglo-French cinematic relations since 1930’, Scope, 10.