Associate Professor Josko Petkovic
BA Hons, PhD (Murd), Postgrad Dip Film and TV (Swinburne), BA (ANU), Bsc (UWA)

Associate Professor

About me

Teaching area

I have not taught for a number of years. When I did teach it was mostly about image-making and film-making. Some of my most rewarding teaching engagements at Murdoch have been as a supervisor of student productions (usually as Executive Producer) – including the following productions although there were many more:

Just the Three of Us, with James Gordon, Jonathan Shaw, Francis Wigger, (feature, digital video, 2008). Exhibited 2008 NASS Festival Just the Three of Us, Astor Cinema, May

Aceh Mon Amour, directed by Owen Beck (digital video, 15 min, 2008)
NASS Festival Just the Three of Us Festival, Astor Cinema, May 2008

Tokyo Rose, directed by Peta Walker (digital video, 2008)
NASS Festival Just the Three of Us Festival, Astor Cinema, May 2008

Still Life, dir. Justin Walters, (video, NASS, 2006),
Exhibited 2006 NASS Screen Awards Festival and 2007 WA Screen Awards

Princess, dir. Michael Hockey,(video, NASS, 2006),
Exhibited 2006 NASS Screen Awards Festival

MuQin, dir. Clare Chai,(video, NASS, 2006),
Exhibited 2006 NASS Screen Awards Festival

Ableman’s Last Account, dir. Chris Trappe,
2006 NASS Festival and Awards
2007 WA Screen Awards Festival

Egil, dir. Noah Norton,
2006 NASS Festival and Awards
WA Screen Awards Festival

Super DeTox Me, dir. Josh Lee, (40 min, video, NASS, 2006),
Exhibited 2006 NASS Screen Awards Festival
2007 WA Screen Awards Festival
2007 SPLAT, Revelations Perth International Film Festival Perth
2006 Australian Museum for Moving Image, Melbourne.

A Dollar for the Good Ones, dir. Josh Lee, (40 min, video, NASS, 2005)
Exhibited 2005 NASS Screen Awards Festival
Best Graduate Documentary
Best Documentary Award
Best Direction (shared)
Best Achievement in Filmmaking Award
Exhibited 2006 WA Screen Awards Festival
Best Documentary Award
2006 SPLAT Festival Perth October
2006 Revelations Perth International Film Festival
2006 Australian International Film Festival, Melbourne

Baby, I don’t Care, dir. Vincenzo Perello,
(8 min, video, Screen Academy, 2004),
2005 ISA Festival and Awards
2005 NASS Festival and Awards

New Post Town, dir. Tim Holland, ( 8 min, video,2004),
2004 ATOM Film Festival
Best Experimental Award Nomination,
Best Documentary Award Nomination,
St. Kilda Film Festival
Best Documentary Award Nomination
WA Screen Awards Festival
Best Documentary Award
Best Experimental Award
2004 ISA Festival, Perth
Innovative Cinematography Award
Innovation in Documentary Form Award,

Violent Blue Light Ghostdir. Richard Eames,(15 min, video, 2004),
Backup New Media in FilmFestival,
Weimar, German – 2nd place
5th Melbourne Underground Festival
Finalist 2005 Aust. Effects & Animation Short Film Festival, Sydney
2004 ISA Festival, Perth
Best Film Award, Best Direction Award, Best Script Award, Innovation Award, Best Sound, Best New Media Effects Award
WA Screen Awards Festival -Tertiary Student Prize Nomination
2004 SPLAT Festival Perth October

Aimer Lily dir. Helena Tay, (10 min, video, 2003),
Exhibited 2004 WA Screen Academy Festival

Resonance, dir. Andrew Ewing, (13 min, video,2002),
2003 Revelation Perth International Film Festival
Winner of the Best Narrative Video at the National Student
Festival, Sydney

Malefactor, dir. Tim Holland (15 min, video, 2002),
2003 Blue Mountain Screen Me Festival, etc – Best Film Nomination
ISA Festival, Perth, Jury Prize Award

soon, dir. Jen Jamieson (6 min, video, 2002),
2002 Metro Kaleidoscope Festival Awards, Sydney – 4 Awards
2002 SPLAT Festival Perth October- Winner Best Film
16th European Media Art Festival in OsnabrückRO

Worship, dir. Aaron Tan (15 min, video, 2002),
Exhibited WA Screen Awards Festival
Best Sound Award

Sweeper, dir. Tim Holland ( W.A.,min, video, 2002)
Exhibited WA Screen Awards

Pilbara Pearl, dir Christopher Watson (16 mm, 10 min.1998),
2000 AFI Best Script Award Nomination – Sarah Rossetti,
Aspen Film Festival, USA,
National Broadcast on ABC, “Little Beauties”

The Getaway Bus, (Play) Ingle Knight
1999 Festival of Perth,
Fringe Festival Winner

Smile, dir. Andrew Ewing ( W.A., 8 min, video, 1999)
National Broadcast on ABC, 2000 “Little Beauties”,
2000 Tranz-Fix Multi Media Festival, Bondi Beach, Sydney
WA Screen Awards
Best Experimental Award

Universal Blues, dir. Danny Loong
(W.A.,15 min, 16mm film,1999)
Exhibited: Exhibited 1999 Singapore International Film Festival.

Kerosene dir. Ken Miller (16mm, 10min, 1998)
St. Kilda Film Festival
New York Short Film Festival
WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Film Award,
Best Overall Film Award,
Best Cinematography Award,
Best Female Actor Award,
Best Direction Award Nomination,
Best Art Directions Award Nomination,
Best Sound Award Nomination,
Best Musical Score Award Nomination,
Best Drama Award Nomination,

Sari Buring,dir. Dawnne Goh
WA Screen Awards(FTI),
Best Experimental Award Nomination

Acid Reign, dir. Tammy Geddes with Stonecold Pictures ,
1998 WA Screen Awards(FTI)

Placebo, dir. Christopher Watson (6:23 min, 8/16mm, 1997),
WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Most Promising Filmmaker of the Year Award (Festival Of Perth) Nomination,
Best Editing Award, Best Documentary Award,
Best Cinematography Award Nomination,
Best Experimental Award Nomination

Hit And Misses, dir. Linda Portsmouth (21:35 min, SVHS, 1997),
WA Screen Awards(FTI)

Underwatergeist, dir. David Broun (8:40 min, Beta),
1997 WA Screen Awards(FTI)

Wake Up Call, dir. John McMullan (10 min, SVHS, 1997),
WA Screen Awards(FTI)

Buyers Of Benetton, dir.Owen Beck (5:50 min, SVHS, 1996),
WA Screen Awards(FTI), Best Music Video Nomination,

She Cells Sea Shells, Tanja Visosevic (8:52 min, SVHS, 1996),
WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Overall Encouragement Nomination,
Best Experimental Award Nomination,
Best Sound Award Nomination,
Best Direction Award Nomination,
AWG Award For Script Excellence Nomination

The Haircut, dir. Julian Wald (5:30 min, SVHS, 1995),
WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Drama Award Nomination,
Best Sound Award, (Byron & Jason Ho)

Unky Doom, dir. Dan Wells(11 min, SVHS, 1995),
WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Direction Award,
Tertiary Student Prize Nomination,
AWG Award For Script Excellence Nomination,
SPAA Award For Excellence Nomination,
Best Drama Award Nomination,
Best Female Actor Award Nomination, Jacki Donaldson
Best Female Actor Award Nomination, Heidi Smith
Best Male Actor Award Nomination, Damond Lockwood

Grooming & Deportment 1st Floor dir. Chelsea Gordon, (6:27min, SVHS, 1995),
WA Screen Awards(FTI)

Eating Rituals Of The Bizzare dir. Martin Wilson,
WA Screen Awards(FTI),
Best Drama Award Nomination,
Best Male Actor Award Nomination, M. Caruso,
Best Art Directions Award, Kevin Zsilinszky

Margaret Road – Todd Nelson
WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Drama Award Nomination, Tertiary Student Prize Nomination,
Best Cinematography Award Nomination

Desmond Makes A Friend - 1995 WA Screen Awards(FTI),
Best Male Actor Award, M. Clark

Ascape , dir. Rob Bygott, (10 min, super-8 , 1993)
1994 St Kilda Festival,
1994 Frames Festival, by invitation
1994 International Melbourne Video Festival
1994 WA Screen Awards, Best Editing Award,
Best Sound Award, Best Experimental Award,
AWG Award For Script Excellence Nomination,
Best Cinematography Award Nomination,
SPAA Award For Excellence Nomination,
Best Direction Award Nomination,

A Way In, dir. Olivia Rousset, (32 min, SVHS, 1993)
1994 St Kilda Festival
WA Screen Awards(FTI), Tertiary Student Prize,
Best Documentary Award, Best Direction Award Nomination,

Shadows In The Rain dir. Sebastian Craig, WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Cinematography Award, Encouragement Award,

Soundwaves dir. Kenneth Lim (interactive multimedia installation 1993)

Yu Nan dir. Yingchi Chu(SP beta)

Una Donna Cindy Tedeschi
(S-VHS,19.5 min., 1990),WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Documentary Award, WA Screen Awards

In Production, Steven Maras (23 min, SVHS, 1990)

Jack’s Beanstalk, WA Screen Awards(FTI) WA Screen Awards
Tertiary Student Prize,
Best Male Actor Award, Matteo Castelli,
Best Musical Score Award,
Encouragement Award, Michael Crooks

Confessions, dir. Pamela Jones, (S-VHS, 17.5 min., 1990) ,
WA Screen Awards(FTI), Nomination for Australian Writers Guild Award For Script Excellence

Oriental Fantasy Audrey Yue, 1989 WA Screen Awards(FTI)
AWG Award For Script Excellence Nomination, Encouragement Award,

Baby, dir Teresa Rizzo, (16 min., S-VHS,1989)
Exhibited: 1994 WASA, 1994 St. Kilda Festival,
1994 Frames Festival by invitation

Take Two – Pamela Jones, 1989 WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Documentary Award, 1989 WA Screen Awards

Visual Comment, dir. Simon Giraudo, 1989 WA Screen Awards(FTI)
Best Experimental Award, Encouragement Award

Alternating Currents, Kenneth Lim,
1988 WA Screen Awards (FTI), Encouragement Award
AWG Award For Script Excellence Nomination,

Cactus and Cages dir. Michelle Woods, 1988 WA Screen Awards
1988 WA Screen Awards, Best Female Actor Award Nomination, Encouragement Award, Michelle Woods

Within Sight, dir. Greg Coffee, ( Super 8, &U-3/4″, 22 min., 1988)
Exhibited:by invitation at the 1989 Experimental Film-Video
Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Open Doors, dir. Geoff Hume Cook, (U3/4″, 12 min., 1986)

ExhibitedSBSin 1987, 1st WA Film & Vide Festival (1986)

Serendipity, dir. Geoff Hume Cook, (U3/4″, 15 min., 1986)
1st WA Film & Vide Festival (1986)

Collusion, An Interview With The Self, Dir. Cortin & Collective
(U3/4″, 20 min., 1986),
1985 W.A. Young Film-Makers Festival, Best Male Actor Award,

Sandcastles, dir Laura Cresenzi+ Bush Court Collective (U3/4″, 12 min., 1986),
1985 WA Screen Awards – W.A. Young Film-Makers Festival
Young Filmmaker Of The Year Award,
Best Direction Award, Best Drama Award

Research areas

Areas of research for the NASS Research Centre include:

1.Diegetic Life Forms Research Series :http://wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/nass/altc/index.html

This research project series explores the proposition that creative artworks should be treated as abstract forms of life. We offer this as our Creative Arts Manifesto:

“For us there is no such thing as a pure “facts” or pure scholarship, or even axiomatic science – except in Plato’s Dreaming. Facts are always social, situated and contextual. In this perspective every element of knowledge has a social existence and should be treated as an abstract form of life. Abstract life forms have an ontology that is comparable to that of organic life forms; they are made up of bits and pieces of discourse, machinery, relations, networks, words, images and sounds; they invoke perception, synaesthesia, phenomenology, affect and emotions as well as libidinal dynamics. When such created life-forms communicate and narrate – they become diegetic life forms.” ( from Diegetic Life Forms II:
Creative Arts Practice And New Media Scholarship Conference)

2.Screen Production Research as Social Engagement: Knowledge Trails

Narrative “journeys” that were once considered to be abstract and ephemeral can now be made permanent as narrative “tracks” or “trails” on some real or virtual landscape or a map. When stored as an archive in cyberspace these trails and maps can be augmented and layered as a complex matrix of data. Google and You Tube search engines provide two commercial examples of such narrative trails. The engagement with maps of this kind can become the foundation for future “diagrammatic” development of screen production.

3.Collaborative Strategies for Developing Postgraduate Research: Indian Ocean Research Collaboration

Our overriding aim is to establish authentic cross-cultural links and cross-cultural exchanges between practice-based researchers working on the rim of Indian Ocean. Ideally we want a movement of researches in all directions, giving rise to a web of connections and interconnections. The linkages we seek are similar to exchanges in commerce and trade that have always taken place across Indian Ocean. But instead of trading with goods and materials we intend to trade, exchange and construct stories together for the benefit of all concerned. We see this as an essential step in developing good relations amongst all the people in the Indian Ocean region.

http://wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/nass/altc/projecttwo/doc/ZIFF_NASS_Conference_Program_Jun_2013.pdf

Current projects

OLT Innovation and Development Project – Developing A Collaborative National Postgraduate Research Program For 22 Australian Film Schools – ID11-2099

http://wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/nass/altc/projecttwo/news.html

Lottery West Trail Planning GrantBarque Stefano Yinikurtiri Trail

The Barque Stefano Yinikurtiri Trail will recreate, in cyberspace and along the Ningaloo coast, the 350 km, six-month journey undertaken by the barque Stefano castaways after their vessel became shipwrecked off Point Cloates in October 1875. Of the 17 Stefano crew only two survived the ordeal. They did so by joining the local Yinikurtira Aborigines and living with them for 3 months until they were picked up on 18 April 1876  by  Charles Tuckey in his cutter Jessie and brought to Fremantle.

Awards and grants

Recent grants

2011-1013      $220,000 Project Leader OLT Innovation and Development Project
ID11-2099
Developing A Collaborative National Postgraduate Research Program For 22 Australian Film Schools

2012              $30,000             Project Leader Lottery West Trail Planning Grant for
Barque Stefano Yinikurtira Trail

2008-2010     $219,000           Project Leader ALTC funded Priority Assessment project
PP8-926
Assessing Graduate Output in Nineteen Australian Film Schools

1992              $165,000           AFC Special Project Grant Letter to Eros

In 1995 Letter to Eros was nominated for the AFI Award for Innovation of Form and an ATOM Innovation Award.

Letter to Eros was a finalist for the 1995 at Yamagata International Documentary Festival.

Events and speaking engagements

  • A Tale of Two Cities dir. Silvio Rivier (15 min, SBSGlobal Village Series, April 2013)

There are surprising reasons for a charter of friendship between the City ofFremantle and Dalmatian Island of Korcula- the presumed birth place ofMarco Polo. First broadcast 20 March 2001. Multiple broadcasts since.

  • Barque Stefano Yinikurtira Trail Presentation, Exmouth Shire Council Room, Exmouth 13 March 2013

Professional and community service

Co-convenor and co-editor of IM: Interactive Media refereed e-journal: http://wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/nass/nass_im_ejournal.htm

Member of Australian Screen Production, Education and Research Association CouncilFounding board member of Barque Stefano Yinikurtira Foundation

Convenor and Coordinator of Conferences, Forums and Symposium

2013    Convener and coordinator National SPARC Colloquium, 6-7 July, VCA, Melbourne

2013    Co-convener and co-coordinator Postgraduate Research in Screen Production and Creative Arts Conference, Zanzibar International Film Festival

2012    Convener and coordinator WA SPARC Colloquium

2010     Convener and co-coordinator Diegetic Life Form II: Assessing Image-based and New

             Media Scholarship Conference, Murdoch, Perth, September

2009     Co-convener and co-coordinator of Media Arts Congress, VCA, Melbourne

2009     Coordinator of Diegetic Life Forms and Diegetic Logic (I): Assessing Image-base

             Scholarship Conference

2006    NASS-ASPERA Imagining Tomorrow, Conference, 27 June, Murdoch

2006    ASPERA National AGM Conference 2006, 28-29 June, Murdoch

2004    NASS/ AIDC Creative Futures Forum, February, New Maritime Museum, Fremantle

2002    The Resurrection of the Barque Stefano Symposium, Fremantle, December

Director and Curator of Festivals

2010     NASS Graduating With Honours Festival (with Rolf de Heer), Murdoch, September

2008     NASS Festival Just the Three of Us Festival, Astor Cinema, May 2008

2006    NASS Festival and Awards, Murdoch University, December 2006

2006    Inaugural ASPERA Festival, Murdoch University, June 2005

2005    NASS Festival and Awards, Murdoch University, (with Olivia Rousset), November

2005    ISA/ REV: Intercampus Screen Academy Festival and Awards, Luna Leederville,

2004    ISA/AIDC Intercampus Screen Academy Festival and Awards (with Trinh Minh-Ha), Fremantle

2002    Screen Academy Festival, New Maritime Museum, Fremantle, 2002

2001    Screen Academy Festival, Port Cinema, Fremantle,  December 2001

2000    Splash Festival, Port Cinema Fremantle, December 2000

1998    Summer Film and Video Festival, FTI, 1998

1998    Trans-cultural Film and Video Festival (with Sebastian Craig), FTI, 1998

1997    Becoming Nomad Festival, Murdoch University, 1997

1996    Murdoch University Film and Video Festival, FTI, November 1996

1995    IP-4 Industrial Park Festival, Murdoch University, 1995

1990    2nd Multi-Media Festival, Murdoch University, 1990

1989    1st Multi-Media Festival, Murdoch University, 1989

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Current Supervisions
  • Owen Beck      PhD, Representation of Contemporary Cambodian Masculinity
  • Andrew Ewing  PhD, Film and the Family
  • Tim Burns        PhD, A Surveillance of Me
Completions

Publications

Journals

  • Petkovic, J., (2014), Developing Research-Industry Links, IM Interactive Media, , 10, pages 1 - 10.
  • Petkovic, J., (2014), Organising the Australian Screen Production Research Sector, IM Interactive Media, , 10, pages 1 - 9.
  • Petkovic, J., (2014), Scoping the Australian Research Council's FoR 1902 Category Film, Television and Digital Media, IM Interactive Media, , 10, pages 1 - 23.
  • Petkovic, J., (2014), Defining the Limits of Screen Production as a Discipline, IM Interactive Media, , 10, pages 1 - 8.
  • Petkovic, J., (2014), Enhancing the Australian Peak Discipline Body for Screen Production Academics, IM Interactive Media, , 10, pages 1 - 6.
  • Petkovic, J., (2011), Assessing Graduate Screen Production Outputs in Nineteen Australian Film Schools, IM Interactive Media, , 7, pages 1 - 32.
  • Petkovic, J., (2010), Assessing Image-Based Texts, IM Interactive Media, , 5, pages 1 - 23.
  • Petkovic, J., (2009), Language Groups in the Stefano Manuscript, IM Interactive Media, , 3, pages -.
  • Petkovic, J., (2009), Aboriginal Groups in the Stefano Manuscript, IM Interactive Media, 0, 3:Part3:II, pages 0 - 0.
  • Petkovic, J., (2009), Some Early North West Indigenous Wordlists, IM Interactive Media, 0, 3:Part3:IV, pages 0 - 0.
  • Petkovic, J., (2009), Comparing Three North West Indigenous Worklists, IM Interactive Media, 0, 3:Part 3:V, pages 0 - 0.
  • Petkovic, J., (2009), A Partial Vocabulary of the Yinikurtira Aboriginal People., IM Interactive Media, 0, 3 Part 3: VII, pages 0 - 0.
  • Petkovic, J., (2009), Translating Aboriginal Words Across Languages., IM Interactive Media, 0, 3:Part3:I, pages 0 - 0.
  • Petkovic, J., Beck, O., (2008), Aceh Mon Amour: Supervising 0, IM Interactive Media, , 4, pages 1 - 29.
  • Petkovic, J., (2007), The 1920 Translation of the Stefano Manuscript: Notes from the Editor, IM Interactive Media, 2007, 3, pages na - na.
  • Petkovic, J., (2007), Who is the Author of the 1876 Stefano Manuscript?, IM Interactive Media, 2007, 3, pages na - na.
  • Petkovic, J., (2007), Remembering Gustave Rathe: 8.8.1921-23.5.2007, Nase More, Journal of Marine Sciences, 54, 5-Jun, pages na - na.
  • Petkovic, J., (2007), The Stefano Shipwreck of 1875: An Introduction, IM Interactive Media, 2007, 3, pages na - na.
  • Petkovic, J., (2005), Image Thesis: Art of Multidimensional Logic, IM Interactive Media, 0, 0, pages 0 - 0.
  • Petkovic, J., (2005), Image Thesis: Art or Multidimensional Logic?, IM Interactive Media, 1, , pages na - na.
  • Petkovic, J., Broderick, M., De Reuck, J., (2005), From the Editors, IM Interactive Media, 0, 1, pages 0 - 0.
  • Petkovic, J., (1999), Waiting for Karila: Bending Time, Theory and Gender in Java and Bali (with Reflections for a Documentary Treatment), Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 2, , pages 1 - 27.
  • Jacka, T., Petkovic, J., (1998), Ethnography and Video: Researching Women in China's Floating Population, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 1, 1, September 1998, pages 1 - 7.