DATE: Thursday 28th April
TIME: 6PM, Sydney time
South Korean film and television has recently produced a number of works which can be perceived as biting attacks on neo liberalism. Parasite, Okja (another Bong Joon Ho film) and the global Netflix smash hit Squid Game. In this discussion, Dr Balanzategui will also be addressing how child characters and references to children’s culture factor into the critique of neo-liberal capitalism in these texts.
Dr Jessica Balanzategui is a Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Screen Studies and a Chief Investigator with the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University of Technology. Her widely published research examines screen genres across film, television and digital media for and about children; horror and Gothic media; and the impact of technological and industrial change on entertainment cultures and aesthetics. She is the author of The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema (Amsterdam UP, 2018), and the founding editor of Amsterdam University Press’ book series, Horror and Gothic Media Cultures. Jessica is also an editor of Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media. She received an Australian Film Institute Research Fellowship to conduct archival research on the history of Australian children’s television, and is Chief Investigator on a four-year project on the transformations and cultural impacts of local children’s television in the streaming era funded by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.