Adrian Martin

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Adrian Martin
Adrian Paul Martin

OccupationFilm critic
Years active1979-present

Adrian Martin (born 1959) is an Australian film and arts critic. He now lives in Malgrat de Mar in Spain. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in Film Culture and Theory at Monash University.[1] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Melbourne, Martin was educated at St Joseph's College, Melbourne and Melbourne State College, where he studied film and media studies in the late 1970s. He later completed a PhD in Film Style at Monash University in 2006. His thesis, titled Toward a Synthetic Analysis of Film Style, won the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for Best PhD Thesis in the Faculty of Arts and Design.[2]


Martin began teaching in 1979, and has lectured in film studies at Melbourne State College, Swinburne University of Technology, Rusden College and RMIT University. After completing his PhD, Martin was a senior research fellow in film and television studies at Monash University from 2006 to 2009, and was promoted to associate professor in 2010.

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,[3] and co-editor, with Girish Shambu, of the online film journal Lola from 2011 to 2016.[4] He also serves as one of the editorial team of Screening The Past.[5]

From 2013 to 2015, Martin was distinguished visiting professor at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.[6]

In July 2017 he launched his official website Film Critic: Adrian Martin.[7]

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)[9]
  • 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)
  • Mysteries of Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2018; University of Western Australia Publishing 2020)
  • Filmmakers Thinking (San Sebastián: EQZE, 2022)



  1. ^ "Screen scholar Adrian the 'drop out who made good'".
  2. ^ Martin, Adrian (2017). Towards a synthetic analysis of film style (thesis). Monash University. doi:10.4225/03/594b383590763.
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ "Home".
  5. ^ "Home".
  6. ^ "DAAD fellowship awarded to Professor Adrian Martin based at Goethe University".
  7. ^ "Home".
  8. ^ "New DVD release of JLG's Histoire(s) du cinéma". Archived from the original on 26 September 2012.
  9. ^ "The Mad Max Movies".

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