about us

A convergence point of screen studies academia and the all-inclusive digital landscape that acknowledges the many ways audiences now watch film and television, The Water Cooler encourages an exploration of the aspects of screen studies academia that are yet to be explored, or which are yet to be explored under the framework of the digital era.

The site will question and challenge presupposed expectations of the industry, revealing how academic discourse on such topics is also an ever-changing, ever-expanding, ever-evolving field, moving at a rate that is only surpassed by the evolution in the technologies it explores.

The Water Cooler wants to engage with its audience, further fostering the online community that the digital era has naturally provided and motivating further discussion in a community of active and passionate contributors and readers.

The Water Cooler was born out of a weekly class centered upon talking about changes to film and television as caused by the digital landscape, a change which is perhaps most noticeable, or loudest, in the online spheres. It is now here, amongst the online community that we hope we can further our class discussions, and at least preoccupy those seminar hours we now have spare.

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Bells McNeill is a Film and Screen honours student at Monash University, who is also attempting to establish herself as a person who writes words for a living. She’s a television addict and a romantic comedy nerd, so when Catastrophe’s Rob Delaney said that she is “probably a genius” she decided she could die happy.

Nick Poynton learned the letters of the alphabet at age 5. He moved onto words and then sentences and hasn't looked back since. A perpetual student, he has made it all the way through to a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Screen Studies, and yet his passion for comic book films hasn't been dampened a bit.