Megan Spencer

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Megan Spencer (born 1966) is an Australian documentary film maker who specializes in the 'guerrilla video' style of documentary portraiture. Based in Bendigo, she is also a prominent film critic, journalist and radio presenter.

Biography[edit]

Spencer studied Speech pathology in Melbourne before pursuing interests in film and radio. In the 1980s, as a volunteer, she co-produced 'Eeek!' a 3RRR cultural theory radio show, hosted by Philip Brophy and Bruce Milne. She later studied Media Arts at RMIT University and completed her first documentary film: Heathens in 1994.

Spencer is also an advocate for film culture, and has been invited as a guest speaker to various film events around Australia. She broadcasts regularly on ABC Radio National, Sydney and Melbourne metro ABC radio, and regional ABC radio. She has worked as a film programmer (RMIT, VCA, Kingston Arts Centre), and taught documentary and film theory and practice (Melbourne University, VCA, RMIT, AFTRS Melbourne). She has written for publications IF Magazine, Real Time, documenter, The Eye and Like.

From 1996–98 Spencer Co-founded, programmed and ran the VCA Documentary Film Society at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1999 She joined ABC Radio's Triple J national youth network as resident film critic and journalist. In 2002 she co-founded Triple J's annual Framebreaks National Youth Short Film Festival, and was a member of the MIFF Film Critic's Jury. In 2004 she completed her MA in Media Arts (Documentary) at RMIT University, and from 2004–06 was a film critic on SBS Television's The Movie Show.[1] In 2007 Spencer was the Guest Director of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, and in 2008 became a radio presenter on 105.7 ABC Darwin. In 2010 she moved to Bendigo, and as of 2015 is a radio presenter for ABC Central Victoria.[2]

Spencer has been a judge for film festivals and competitions across Australia, including Sydney Film Festival, Shoot Out, St. Kilda Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Melbourne International, Underground and Fringe Film Festivals, Real Life on Film Documentary Festival, Queensland's Pandanus Film Festival, the SA Zoom Fest, Melbourne International Queer Film Festival, SPAA Fringe and the annual AFI Awards

Controversy[edit]

In June 2006 Spencer was criticised for a live on-air review for the movie X-Men: The Last Stand, in which she commented "Jews used to be oppressed and now they are the oppressors" (in reference to the character Magneto, a Jewish holocaust survivor). Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby, in a letter to the station that had aired the review, called the comments "careless and ignorant".[3] She is known for being one of the few artists and critics to praise Harmony Korine's Gummo (1997), a documentary-style film about one of America's poorest, most depraved neighbourhoods.

Filmography[edit]

  • Heathens, 1994
  • Hooked on Christmas, 1997[4]
  • Strange Hungers, 2002
  • Lovestruck: Wrestling's No. #1 Fan, 2005
  • Brent
  • The Band 2009

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