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Dr Dan Golding

Deputy Chair and Senior Lecturer, Media and Communications
PhD (Screen Studies), The University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Hons), The University of Melbourne, Australia


I am a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Chair of the Department of Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology. As a researcher and teacher, I am interested in the intersection of technology and media, including history, cinema, videogames, and digital music. Here at Swinburne I teach third year Cinema and Screen units, and previously spent many years running our first year Introduction to Media Studies unit. I am the author of Star Wars After Lucas (2019), a monograph published by the University of Minnesota Press, which traces the development of the Star Wars franchise under Disney. I have also won awards for both my journalism and my composing, and I created the soundtrack for the BAFTA, DICE, and GDCA winning Untitled Goose Game (2019). The soundtrack album, the first ever from a videogame to be nominated for an ARIA award, is currently out on Decca Records and on vinyl through iam8bit.

I have a special interest in film music, and I am the host of ABC Classic's weekly 'Screen Sounds' program, which is broadcast nationally on FM and digital radio. I also co-host a podcast about film music called Art of the Score, and regularly do pre-concert talks for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. I make popular video essays about film and music - my YouTube channel has achieved more than one million views, and in 2018, I co-presented the 15-part miniseries What Is Music for ABC iView and Triple J with Linda Marigliano.

As a journalist, I have had over 200 publications in a wide range of venues, from ABC Arts, The Guardian, The Australian, Meanjin, The Walkley Magazine, Screen Education, BuzzfeedKill Your Darlings, to Metro Magazine (where I'm currently a contributing editor). My journalism for Crikey saw me awarded the 'Best Games Journalist' award at the 11th Annual Australian IT Journalism 'Lizzie' awards. I also wrote, presented, and edited the audio documentary series 'A Short History of Video Games' which was broadcast on ABC Radio National. I was also the Director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival, Australia's longest-running independent games festival, from 2014-2017, and I'm now on the organisation's board.

In 2016 I co-authored my first book, Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, the Fight for the Future of Videogames for Affirm Press with Leena van Deventer. I have recently published academic work on VR ('Far From Paradise', Convergence, 2017), cinema (on 'La La Land', Senses of Cinema, 2017), and videogames ('Writing Games', TEXT, 2018). As a researcher, I have worked with Village Roadshow, ACMI, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

You can find further information and links to my broadcasting, video essays, podcasts, soundtracks, and books, at

Research interests

Arts and Culture; Media; Video Games

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Computer Gaming And Animation - 360502
  • Cinema Studies - 360501
  • Media Studies - 470107

Teaching areas

Communication, Journalism and Media Studies;Cultural Studies and Literature;Digital Media, Film and Television;Games


  • 2020, National, Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album (Nominee), ARIA Awards
  • 2019, National, Best Videogame Soundtrack, APRA AMCOS
  • 2013, Other, Excellence in Sessional Teaching, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
  • 2013, National, Best Games Journalist, 11th Annual Australian IT Awards ('Lizzies')


Also published as: Golding, Dan; Golding, D.; Golding, Daniel
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Improve Your Play *; Office of the eSafety Commissioner
  • 2017: Film Genres in the Digital Age *; VILLAGE ONLINE INVESTMENTS PTY LTD

* Chief Investigator

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