Dr Michael Kitson is trained in the production of film and TV, he worked as a location sound recordist and documentary researcher, studied cinema journalism at the British Film Institute and has been writing on film for over twenty years (Cinema Papers, IF, Metro, ASE, Limelight). He has lectured in literature, creative and screen writing at the University of Melbourne, Swinburne, UWS, Melbourne Polytechnic, Victoria University and Federation University. He holds a PhD UWS, MA in Communications RMIT, MA Creative Writing (hons) University of Melbourne, BA Monash University and supervises and assesses postgraduate and doctoral candidates. His short fiction has been anthologised.


"It’s always a joy to watch Michael elucidate the hidden gems of meaning lurking beneath the surface of a classic film. If you saw his analysis of The Road Warrior and the Dog, you'll already know a Rear Window lecture from Kitson is not one to miss." Brett Stanning, Teacher of screenwriting RMIT University

"Students love Michael's lectures and classes. His passion for his subject shines through and engages everyone." Dr Sherryl Clark, Victoria University


Teaching Film as Text Symposia

Sip wine and enjoy aged cheddar as Dr Michael Kitson walks you through the hidden language of film and reveals how mastercraftsman Alfred Hitchcock manipulates his medium and us in his most enjoyable of entertainments, Rear Window.

“Without a comprehension of the grammar of film and the syntax of scene; of its framing and shot sizes, focus and lens, camera moves and mise en scene, you can’t hold that deeper discussion of character, action and plot.” Dr Michael Kitson

Venue: Ballarat, TBA
Date: 21 February 2017
Time: 5.007.00 p.m. Doors open for refreshments at 4.30 p.m.
Cost:  $70 pp – Contact us for group discounts (five and over)


Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window seminar

In this one-day seminar, academic and film commentator, Dr Michael Kitson will tackle the issues of character, story and theme as he examines Alfred Hitchcock’s spectacular widescreen entertainment, Rear Window.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Dr Kitson will give you the tools to wake up from the dream and see the way meaning is made, how character is created, and reality conjured.

Is film really a ‘text’? What is this ’grammar’ in film? Given there’s an original short story, then a screenwriter and screenplay, a film director and a troupe of actors – even an editor, just who is the definitive ‘author’ in whom we can ascribe an authorial intent? Is ‘Hitchcock’ a genre unto himself?

This PD is relevant to all educators teaching film as text, from middle grade to VCE.



Resources provided on the day: Woolrich’s short story, Hayes and Hitchcock’s screenplay, the official Rear Window DVD, as well as original notes covering a guide to the grammar of film, explication and analysis of ten key scenes, a bank of key quotations and a bibliography of further resources and reading.

In Melbourne

Date: 3 March 2018
Venue: CERES
Cnr Roberts & Stewart Streets, Brunswick East , Melbourne , Victoria 3057
Cost: $145 (adult)
          $120 (group discount, 5+)
          $75 (VCE student)
Time: 10–4.30
Included: Morning and afternoon tea


In Ballarat

Date: March 10, 2018
Venue: Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, The Humffray Room, 117 Sturt Street Ballarat
Cost: $145 (adult)
          $120 (group discount, 5+)
          $75 (VCE student)
Time: 9.30–4.30 (registration at 9 a.m.)
Included: Morning and afternoon tea