Brian YeciesDr Brian Yecies

B.S. Marketing, MA. Journalism, MA Media Arts, PhD

Location: 19:2013
Phone: 0242 214076

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Research Specialisation

Brian's research interests include: contemporary Asian film genres and industry trends; the history of Hollywood in Asia; the coming of sound (1893-1937) to Austral-Asia; film and cultural policy in colonial Korea; the digital wave in China and South Korea’s cultural industries.

Research Projects

  • Showcasing Past, Present and Future Links Between the Australian and Korean Film Industries: Australia-Korea Foundation 2010-2011 Research/Book Project
  • Korean Cinema Challenges: Transformation of Planet Hallyuwood in a Post- Golden Age (Funded by a Advanced Research Grant from the Korea Foundation)
  • Exploring the Uniqueness and Complexity of Korea’s National Film Industry (Funded by a Research Fellowship from the Korea Foundation)
  • Film Policies in Korea During Japanese Colonial Rule, 1910-1945
  • The Coming of Sound to the Korean Cinema, 1929-1939
  • Discovering Negotiated Spaces of Cultural Expression: Examining Japanese Empire Archives
  • Origin and Development of Korea's Screen Quota System: Hollywood's Actions and Reactions (Funded by the Asia Research Fund)
  • Spotlight on the Global Popularity of the New Korean Cinema-Hallyuwood (Conference Panel Funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation)

Recent Publications

Searchable RIS publications from 2000 to date


  • Yecies B. with A. Shim. Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948, Routledge Advances in Film Studies. New York: Routledge, 2011. (Supported by a 2010 Academy of Korean Studies - SIKS Publication Grant).

Guest Editor - Special Refereed Journal Issues

  • Yecies B. with A. Shim. “Contemporary Korean Cinema: Challenges and the Transformation of Planet Hallyuwood.”. Acta Koreana Vol. 14, No. 1 (June 2011).
  • Yecies B. with B. Goldsmith and K.S. Lee. Riding the Korean Digital Wave,” Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy No. 141 (forthcoming November 2011).

Book Chapters

  • Yecies B. “Inroads for Cultural Traffic: Breeding Korea’s CinemaTiger.” In Daniel Black, Stephen Epstein and Alison Tokita (eds.), Complicated Currents: Media Production, the Korean Wave, and Soft Power in East Asia, Melbourne: Monash E-Press, 2010. 10.1-10.14.
  • Yecies B. and Goldsmith B. “Sejong Park’s Birthday Boy and Korean-Australian Encounters.” In Catherine Simpson and Renata Murawska (eds) Diasporas of Australian Cinema, Bristol: Intellect Books, 2009. 159-167.
  • Brian Yecies ‘Shiri’, ‘Number Three’, ‘Ownerless Ferryboat’, and ‘Story of Simchung’ – four entries in Frances Gateward (ed.), The History of Korean Cinem,Canadian Caboose Press. (forthcoming)
  • (2007) Brian Yecies. “Talking Salvation for the Silent Majority: Projecting New Possibilities of Modernity in the Australian Cinema, 1929-33.” In Talking and Listening in the Age of Modernity. Eds. J. Damousi and D. Deacon. Canberra: ANU ePress, 2007.
  • (2007) Richard Caladine and Brian Yecies. “Strategies for Sharing the ReMoTe: Changing the Nature of Online Collaboration.” pp. 153-163. In Flexible Learning. Ed. Badrul H Khan (ed). Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing.
  • (2006) Brian Yecies with Damien Chambers, "Double Take on Vengeance: Journey Through the Syncopic Editing Style in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. pp. 135-158. In Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, New Korean Cinema Series. Ed. Moonim Baek. Seoul :Yonsei Institute of Media Arts. (in Korean)
  • (2006) Brian Yecies. "The Coming of Sound to Cinema in Colonial Korea, 1926-39." pp. 120-157. In M. Baek (Eds.), Aesthetics and Historical Imagination of Korean Cinema. Seoul, Korea: Sodo.
  • (2004) Brian Yecies, "Reading Korean Stardom: Number 3 and the Reel, Real and Star Transformation of Song Kang-ho." In Number Three, New Korean Cinema Series. Ed. Moonim Baek. Seoul : Yonsei Institute of Media Arts, 2004. 34- 61.

Published Articles In Refereed Journals

  • (2011) B. Yecies. “Somewhere Between Anti-Heroism and Pantomime: Song Kang-ho and the Uncanny Face of the Korean Cinema.” Acta Koreana 14:1 (June 2011): 33-71.
  • (2011) B. Yecies and A. Shim. “Contemporary Korean Cinema: Challenges and the Transformation of Planet Hallyuwood.” Acta Koreana 14:1 (June 2011): 1-15.
  • (2010) B. Yecies and B. Goldsmith. “Cinematic Hooks for Korean Studies: Using the ‘Apache’ Framework for Inspiring Students about Korea in and Through Film,” International Review of Korean Studies 7:1 (2010): 47-72.
  • (2010) B. Yecies and A. Shim. “Disarming Japan’s Cannons with Hollywood’s Cameras: Cinema in Korea Under U.S. Occupation, 1945-1948,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, 44-3-10, November 1, 2010.
  • (2010) B. Yecies and P. Goderie. “Cultural Flows Beneath Death Note (2006): Catching the Wave of Popular Japanese Culture in China,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, 35-1-10, August 30, 2010.
  • (2009) B. Yecies. “What the Boomerang Misses: Pursuing International Film Co-production Treaties and Strategies.” In D. Park (Ed.), Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Conference of the Korean Studies Association of Australasia: Global Korea: Old and New. Sydney: KSAA, 2009. 83-91.
  • (2008) B. Yecies. “Planet Hallyuwood’s Political Vulnerabilities: Censuring the Expression of Satire in The President's Last Bang (2005)” International Review of Korean Studies 5:1: 37-64.
  • (2008) B. Yecies. “Sounds of Celluloid Dreams: Coming of the Talkies to Cinema in Colonial Korea.” Korea Journal 48:1,(Spring) : 160-197.
  • (2007) B. Yecies and A. Shim. “Hallyuwood Down Under: The New Korean Cinema and Australia, 1996-2007.” Screening The Past: An international, refereed electronic journal of screen history. Issue #22 Uploaded December 2007.
  • (2007) B. Yecies. “Post-Burden or New Burden Korean Cinema?: Outside Looking in at the Latest Golden Age, 1996-?” In K. Shin & H. Chang (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Biannual KSAA Conference: Enlightening Korea: Converging or Diverging? Perth,
    WA: Korean Studies Association of Australia, 2007.
  • (2007) B. Yecies. "Parleying Culture against Trade: Hollywood's Affairs with Korea's Screen Quotas." Korea Observer Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring 2007): 1-32.
  • (2006) B. Yecies. "Systematization of Film Censorship in Colonial Korea: Profiteering From Hollywood's First Golden Age, 1926-36." Journal of Korean Studies (Fall 2005): 59-84. A revised version appears in Korean in:Han Guk Mun Hak Yeon Gu (Studies in Korean Literature) Vol. 29 (June 2006): 203-237.
  • (2005) Brian Yecies, "Transformative Soundscapes: Innovating De Forest Phonofilms Talkies in Australia." Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies
    Uploaded 10 February 2005.
  • (2004) Brian Martin and Brian Yecies, "Disney through the Web looking glass." First Monday: Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet, Vol. 9:6 (June 2004)
  • (2004) Brian Yecies, "Failures & Successes: Local & National Australian Sound Innovations, 1924-1929." Screening The Past: An international, refereed electronic journal of screen history, Issue #16 (2004), Uploaded 10 May 2004.
  • (2004) “Projecting Sounds of Modernity: The Rise of the Local ‘Talkie' Technology in the Australian Cinema, 1924-1932”, Australian Historical Studies, Vol 35, No. 123, (April 2004): 54-83.
  • (2003) B Yecies with Ae-Gyung Shim, “Lost Memories of Korean Cinema: Film Policies During Japanese Colonial Rule, 1919-1937”, Asian Cinema Vol. 14 No. 2, (Fall/Winter 2003, pp. 75-90.
  • (1998) “Waxing IMAX: Enlarging the Myth of Total Cinema,” Australian Screen Education 16 (formerly Metro Education). St Kilda, VIC: Australian Teachers of Media. pp. 24-30.

Other Significant Publications

  • (2004) Industry Review: Brian Yecies, "Feature Film and TV Production in Australia : A Look at the Current Industry in 2004." Cinema Vision in Jeonju , Korea Vol. 1 (Autumn 2004): 34-41. (in English and Korean)
  • (2003) English Language Book Editor of: Yi Hyoin and Chung Chong-Hwa. Traces of Korean Cinema From 1945 to 1959. Translated by Ae-Gyung Shim. Seoul : Munhak Sasang Press.
  • (2003) Review of Im Kwon-Taek, The Making of a Korean National Cinema, in David James, Kyung Hyun Kim (eds.), Media International Australia Incorporating Culture & Policy, September, Wayne State UP, pp. 183-185.
  • (2002) Brian Yecies and Aegyung Shim “Korean Post New Wave Film Director Series: KIM Ki-Duk."Screening The Past: An international, refereed electronic journal of screen history, Issue No. 14, Uploaded 12 November 2002.
  • (2002) Brian Yecies and Aegyung Shim “Hurray for Pusan and the Korean Post New Wave!: Asian Cinema Odyssey at the 6th Pusan International Film Festival,”Screening The Past: An international, refereed electronic journal of screen history, Issue No. 14, Uploaded 25 July.
  • (1999) “National Cinemas: Sites of Resistance? Survey of the 9th Australian and New Zealand History & Film Conference,” Metro 119. St Kilda, VIC: Australian Teachers of Media. pp. 20-21.

Research Students - Completed

  • Adrian Athique, PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies, “Asian Media and Contemporary Cultural Exchange: Transnational Audiences for Indian Films”.
  • Graham Martin, MA in Media and Cultural Studies, "The End[s] of Cinema: Certain Tendencies in Contemporary American Cinema"
  • Jason Ide, Hons in Communication and Media Studies, “Crisis and Reinvention: Digital Cinema, and its role in reversing declining cinema audiences”
  • Kayla Armstrong, Hons in Media and Cultural Studies, “Evaluating Love: Veronica Mars and the Pure Relationship”
  • Matt Granger, Hons in Communication and Media Studies, “Protecting culture or supporting industry? An analysis of the Government interventions in the domestic film industries of Australia and South Korea”
  • Alison (Wright) Ruth Kelly, Hons in Communication and Cultural Studies & English, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Nation: The Significance of Art Cinema to Australian National Cinema”
  • David Dunmall, Hons in Communication and Cultural Studies, “World Domination? Same Old Dream: A Cultural Analysis of James Bond Villains”

Organisational Affiliations

Last reviewed: 12 September, 2016