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Cultural Cringe: The Role of the Arts Critic in Australia

The role of the arts critic has undergone a profound shift in Australia. There are now fewer arts pages in our newspapers and more online outlets covering the arts. What impact is this having on the discussion of culture in Australia? In a post-Margaret and David world, what media space is available for critics to do their work? How does the critic balance the ‘consumer guide’ mode of criticism with more in-depth, less timely approaches?

Our panellists represent a broad survey of the Australian arts criticism scene. They work for outlets from the Big Issue to the Age; Meanjin to ABC RN. Each will bring their unique perspective on the role of the arts critic in a small industry full of big egos. Hosted by Anders Furze with Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Jonathan Green, Ramona Koval and Jason Di Rosso.


Portrait of Anders Furze

Anders Furze

Anders Furze is film critic in residence at The Citizen and Program & Communications Coordinator at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. His writing on film, television and popular culture has been published in Junkee, the Age, Mubi Notebook and Screen Machine journal. In 2014, he was a participant in the Melbourne International Film Festival’s inaugural Critics Campus.

Portrait of Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a non-fiction writer and cultural critic. Based in Melbourne, her work has been published widely in journals and periodicals across Australia and the world.

She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University and finalising her debut essay collection Terror Australis: Essays on Film and Home. Past roles include theatre critic at the Age, film editor at The Big Issue and long-running film columnist at The Lifted Brow.

Rebecca will be a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia School of the Arts’ Writing Program in New York City in 2021.

Portrait of Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green has been a working journalist since the late 1970s. This makes him both very old and reasonably experienced. After an early degree-ending flirtation with public radio, the bulk of Jonathan’s career has been spent in newspapers, beginning with a cadetship at the Canberra Times and taking in a small Cook’s tour of Australian dailies: the Melbourne Herald, the Herald Sun, the Sunday Herald, the Sunday Age and the Age. In mid-2015 he was appointed as editor of the literary quarterly Meanjin.

Portrait of Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor.  She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.

Portrait of Jason Di Rosso

Jason Di Rosso

Jason Di Rosso is ABC RN’s film critic, host of the weekly film show The Final Cut and a reviewer across a range of RN programs.

Before becoming RN’s chief film specialist, Jason spent six years as associate producer and reviewer on Movietime, a weekly show hosted by Julie Rigg. Outside the ABC, his writing on film and popular culture has appeared in GQ magazine and the Australian.


New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

How do you pick true news from fake news? How would diversity in senior and junior positions change the news we report – and how we report it? And does state politics need to be theatrical to be interesting to journalists?

Hear from some of the brightest minds in the media at this three-day series of discussions and workshops on the present and future of journalism. Including Brett McLeod, Katharine Murphy, Emma Alberici, Julian Burnside and more.

New News is presented in partnership with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and Monash University.



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