Adrian Martin

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Dr. Adrian Martin (born 1959) is an Australian film and arts critic born in Melbourne. He now lives in Vilassar de Mar in Spain. Dr. Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor, Film Culture and Theory at Monash University. In 2013-5 he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. His work has appeared in many magazines, journals and newspapers around the world, and has been translated into over twenty languages and has regular columns in the Dutch De Filmkrant and in Caiman: Cuadernos de cine.

Martin studied at Melbourne State College in the late 1970s before going on to teach at MSC, Swinburne, Rusden (later Deakin University) and RMIT. Martin was one of The Age newspaper's film reviewers for 11 years until early 2006 and has worked as a film reviewer for ABC TV and Radio National. He was co-editor of the online film journal Rouge between 2003 and 2009. As of 2011 he is the co-editor, with Girish Shambu, of the online film journal Lola, and also serves as one of the editorial team of Screening The Past. He completed a PhD on film style, titled Toward a Synthetic Analysis of Film Style, through Monash University's Art and Design faculty in 2006, which won the Mollie Holman Award for best Arts PhD thesis.

Audio commentaries[edit]

From 2006 to 2011, Martin contributed feature-length audio commentaries to the 'Directors Suite' DVD series produced by Madman Entertainment in Australia. Madman discontinued producing these special bonus features in 2011. In 2015, Martin returned to audio commentary work, commissioned by the British Film Institute and Masters of Cinema labels. Martin's commentary appears on the following films (release dates follow each title):



  • Phantasms (1994)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1998) BFI Modern Classics Series
  • The Mad Max Movies (2003)
  • Movie Mutations: The Changing Face of World Cinephilia (2003) co-edited with Jonathan Rosenbaum, BFI
  • Raúl Ruiz: Sublimes obsesiones (2004, Altamira, Argentina)
  • ¿Qué es el cine moderno? (2008), a selection of 21 essays from the period 1998–2008, in Spanish translation. Published by Valdivia International Film Festival and Uqbar editores (Chile)
  • Last Day Every Day (punctum books, USA: English version 2012, Spanish edition co-published by punctum/FICUNAM, translated by Cristina Álvarez López 2013; expanded Portuguese version 2015)
  • Mise en scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art (Palgrave, 2014).


  1. ^ "New DVD release of JLG's Histoire(s) du cinéma". 

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