Dr Lisa Milner completed her PhD at the University of Wollongong, and has been
teaching at SCU since 2004, in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Her research
interests are wide-ranging. She is a Research Fellow at the National Film and Sound
Archives, and a member of the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at SCU, and the
international research project ‘In the Same Boat? Shipbuilding and ship repair workers: a
global labour history (1950-2010)’, based at the International Institute of Social
History, Amsterdam. 

Originally a filmmaker, she teaches mainly into the Media Program. Her current research
projects include radical theatre, screen representations of Australian work, politics and
citizenship, labour history biography, community organisations and management, union
movements and film, and community media and its discontents. 

Journal articles


Radical Theatre Mobility: Unity Theatre, UK, and the New Theatre, Australia (with Cathy Brigden), New Theatre Quarterly (2015)

For two radical theatres formed in the 1930s, taking performances to their audiences was an...



From Martyr to Robo-Nurse: the portrayal of Australian nurses on screen (with Cathy Bridgen), Studies in Australasian Cinema (2014)

Nurses have traditionally been seen as among the most trusted of workers, with cultural connections...



The wharfies' film unit, Dictionary of Sydney (2014)


Embedded gambling promotion in Australian football broadcasts: an exploratory study (with Nerilee Hing, Peter Vitartas, and Matthew James Lamont), Communication, Politics & Culture (2013)

Governments, researchers and the public have raised concerns about extensive gambling promotions during televised sport,...



Roll out the red carpet: Australian nurses on screen (with Cathy Bridgen), Working USA (2013)

Cultural connections with caring and femininity have long been associated with the nursing profession, with...



Fighting films: a history of the Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit, School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (2003)

The Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit operated in Sydney from 1953 to 1958, making films...


Book chapters

The Waterside Workers’ Cultural Committee, Radical Sydney : places, portraits and unruly episodes (2010)

The Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit, The Oxford companion to Australian film (1999)

One of the few trade union film groups in Australia, this Sydney based unit was...


Radio broadcasts

Hindsight: The Wharfies' Film Unit, ABC Radio National (1998)


'We film the facts': the Waterside Workers' Federation film unit, 1953 – 1958, PhD thesis, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW (2000)

This thesis explores the history of the Waterside Workers' Federation Film Unit. Comprising three filmmakers,...


Conference publications


Framing the unions: the changing images of unionists on screen, Labour history and its people: papers from the twelfth National Labour History Conference (2011)

Amongst the oldest holdings of the National Film and Sound Archives is a newsreel segment...



Labour biography on screen: the case of Freda Brown (with Rosemary Webb), Labour history and its people: papers from the twelfth National Labour History Conference (2011)

The written biographies and memoirs of activists and leaders have long been core components of...



Kenny and Australian cinema in the Howard era, Remapping cinema, remaking history: XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand. Conference Proceedings. Volume Two: Selected Full Refereed Papers (2009)

The “battler” figure has been a popular and enduring character in the Australian cultural imagination,...



Commos and ratbags: left-wing images of urban Australia, Images of the Urban: conference proceedings (1998)

The cultural construction of the past in Australia has a variety of sources. There are...