Hilary Radner

Otago University


Hilary Radner’s research interests revolve around understanding the representations of gender and identity in contemporary visual culture, particularly in terms of how these evolve over time in relation to second wave feminism. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on cinema, visual culture and gender: these range in topic from film melodrama, make-up, fashion photography and women's magazines to, more recently, the woman’s film, celebrity culture, the contemporary bromance, New Zealand fashion, Hollywood film genres, New Zealand cinema, World Cinema and French cinema. In her most recent monograph, Neo-Feminist Cinema: Girly Films, Chick Flicks, and Consumer Culture (Routledge, 2011), through a combination of film, celebrity and industry analysis, she explores how the needs of conglomerate Hollywood have encouraged an emphasis on consumer culture within contemporary films made for women. Further recent publications as co-editor include: New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting the Past (Intellect/University of Chicago, 2011), Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Cinema (Routledge, 2011) and A Companion to Contempory French Cinema (Wiley/Blackwell, 2015). Current projects focus on the contempory women's film in American independent cinema and national cinemas.