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Seminar | First Presentation - It’s Morphin’ Time | Second Presentation - Tasmania On-screen


The Media School Seminar Series.

Start Date

27th Sep 2019 4:00pm

End Date

27th Sep 2019 5:00pm


Room 206, The Media School, Salamanca Square

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It’s Morphin’ Time

Sophia Staite, UTAS

Years before Pokémon took the world by storm, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Haim Saban’s heavily localised adaptation of the Japanese series Super Sentai, changed the face of English language kids’ television. The incredible commercial success of the show and the persistent fears about the effects of its violence dominate early 1990s discussions of children’s television, and Power Rangers continues to play a role in children’s television culture today. In Japan Super Sentai is broadcast as a double bill with sister program Kamen Rider, a closely related but more popular media mix title. In 1995, riding on the extraordinary popularity of Power Rangers, Saban released an adaptation of Kamen Rider titled Saban's Masked Rider. It flopped commercially, and it wasn’t until 2009 that a second attempt at adapting Kamen Rider aired in English and again, it failed to achieve satisfactory ratings or toy sales. Sophia’s PhD research is focused on uncovering why Kamen Rider has yet to take hold in the Anglophone market. In this talk she offers an overview of key themes uncovered so far.

Sophia Staite is a PhD candidate at The Media School, UTAS. She previously lectured in contemporary Japanese culture and society at Oita University, and lived in Japan for eight years.

On the Run with Cannibal Convicts: Tasmania On-screen

Anna Halipilias, UTAS

Tasmania’s remoteness, its gruesome convict history and its epic landscapes have inspired many Gothic screen narratives. These on-screen portrayals of the island frequently reach domestic and international audiences, often contributing to negative stereotypes about Tasmania, potentially influencing its touristic appeal. Film and television’s effect on the island’s tourism are frequently overlooked in scholarship, with Tasmania’s contents tourism a relatively new area of research. In this seminar, Halipilias will provide an overview of her PhD project ‘Pop Culture Tourism: Tasmania and Contents Tourism Subcultures’, which analyses how fictional films and television programs can shape visitors’ perceptions of the state. Her thesis examines the relationship between real and fictional spaces, what aspects of a film site fans attach themselves to and why, and the opportunities for collaboration between top-down film tourism communication and grassroots social media.

Anna Halipilias is a PhD candidate at the Media School at the University of Tasmania. She researches film and television’s impact on popular culture, with a focus on audience response. She is an author of the upcoming book Gender and Popular Culture: representations and Embodiment.