Dr Rama Venkatasawmy

Senior Lecturer (Communication and Media) / Program Coordinator
Faculty of Education and Arts / School of Creative Industries



Rama is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Communication and Media; he currently teaches in the Bachelor of Communication program offered in Singapore by the University of Newcastle. He previously taught film/television production courses in the Mass Communication program at Curtin University’s Malaysian campus where he co-designed the Borneo Studies major and was also the founding Head of the Department of Mass Communication. He has also taught at Murdoch University in Australia. He has additionally worked as a copywriter in the advertising industry, as well as undertaken media production-related consultancies for various public and private organisations and institutions internationally. He has presented papers at various conferences, and in 2010 he was co-Chair of the 10th biennial Borneo Research Council International Conference. In 2015, he was the Chair of the inaugural 'Media & Journalism' judging panel for The Undergraduate Awards 2015. He is currently a member of the:


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)(First Class Honours), Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), Murdoch University


  • Communication and Media

Research Areas

  • Communication, Media, Culture
  • Creativity and Cultural Production
  • Digital Visual Effects
  • Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • Hollywood Cinema and Australian Cinema


2017 International Conference on Arts, Science & Technology 2017 (ICAST- Dubai 2017) Best Paper Award
2017 University of Newcastle Excellence in Teaching Award
2015 University of Newcastle Excellence in Teaching Award
2013 University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Award



2013 Venkatasawmy, R.The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood’s Coming of Age. Lanham: Lexington.

Venkatasawmy, R., Bibi Aminah A.G., & Justin, T. Sarawakiana series –The Traditional Kayan Wedding: Pelah Hawa. Kuching: Pustaka Negeri (National Library), Sarawak.

Book Chapters

2009 Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Theorizing the Hybridity of “Australianness” in Australian Cinema.’ In A. Sarwal & R. Sarwal (eds.), Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies Reader, 233-252, New Delhi: SSS Publications.
1999 Venkatasawmy, R. & O’Regan, T. ‘A Tale of Two Cities – Dark City and Babe: Pig in the City.’ In D. Verhoeven (ed.), Twin Peeks: Australian and New Zealand Feature Films, 187-203, Melbourne: Damned Publishing.

Peer-Reviewed Articles



Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Identifying systemic creativity in Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad’. Journal of Popular Television, vol. 7, issue 1, pp. 93–108.


Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Communication and Media Education in an Era of Big Data’. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (JISE), vol.7, issue 1, 87-101.


Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Transnationalizing Australian Higher Education Communication and Media Studies Curricula for Offshore Delivery in South East Asia’. International Journal of Trend in Research and Development (IJTRD), Special Issue (ICAST-17).


Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Creating the Dragon: A Systems View of Bruce Lee’s Innovative Screen Fighting’ Film International, vol.15, issue 2, 34-45.


Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Crisis in the Digital Visual Effects Industry and Hollywood Cinema.’ Film International, vol.14, issue 1, 6-23.


Venkatasawmy, R. 'The Offshore Delivery of Australian Transnational Higher Education (TNHE) in South East Asia: Some Challenges', ATINER'S Conference Paper Series, 1-17.


Venkatasawmy, R. ‘The Americanization of English Soccer: A Bird’s Eye View.’ Americana (E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary), vol. 11, no. 2, Fall 2015.


Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Ethnic Conflict and Development in Africa: a Short Critical Discussion.’ Transcience: a Journal of Global Studies, vol.6, issue 2, 26-36.


Venkatasawmy, R. ‘The Evolution of VFX-Intensive Filmmaking in 20th Century Hollywood Cinema: An Historical Overview.’ TMC Academic Journal, vol. 6, issue 2, 17-31.


Venkatasawmy, R., Simpson, C. & Visosevich, T. ‘From Sand to Bitumen, From Bushrangers to “Bogans”: Mapping the Australian Road Movie.’ Journal of Australian Studies, 70, 75-84.


Venkatasawmy, R. & O’Regan, T. ‘Le Cinéma Australien Face au Nouveau Millénaire,’ Ciné-Bulles (Revue de Cinéma: Association des Cinémas Parallèles du Québec, Canada), 4, 17, 20-27.


Venkatasawmy, R. & O’Regan, T. ‘Only One Day at the Beach: Dark City and Australian Filmmaking,’ Metro (Australian film, television & media journal), 117, 16-28.
1998 Venkatasawmy, R. & O’Regan, T. ‘I Make Films And It’s Up To Other People To Pigeon-Hole Them: An Interview with Alex Proyas,’ Metro (Australian film, television & media journal), 117, 29-33.

Conference Presentations

2019Venkatasawmy, R. & Yeap, P.F. ‘Challenges Faced by Educational Leaders in Integrating ICT-Intensive Strategies in Malaysian Higher Education’. 26th ICTEL 2019 – International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning, Bali, Indonesia, December 2019
2018 Venkatasawmy, R. ‘The Impact on the Future of Media Education of Big Data Usage in the Contemporary Media Industries’. 12th European Consortium for Political Research Conference, Hamburg.
2017 Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Transnationalizing Australian Communication and Media Studies Higher Education Curriculum for Offshore Delivery in South East Asia’. Refereed proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Arts, Science & Technology 2017 (ICAST-2017), Dubai.
2016 Venkatasawmy, R. ‘The Delivery of Australian Higher Education in Transnational Contexts.’ 10th Annual International Conference on Global Studies: Business, Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Aspects, Athens.
2016 Venkatasawmy, R. ‘Big Data in the Future of Communication and Creative Industries.’ CollabX Communication: The Future of Jobs in Digital-First World Forum, Ogilvy, Singapore.
2015 Venkatasawmy. R. ‘Creativity and Cultural Production: Can We Learn to be Creative?’ Undergraduate Awards Global Summit. Farmleigh House, Dublin.
2010 Venkatasawmy. R. ‘Transformations in Gender Role “Transgressions” in the Iban Longhouse Context of Sarawak.’ Borneo Research Council Biennial International Conference – Borneo Research Council (BRC). Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak, Malaysia.
2010 Venkatasawmy. R. ‘Forgotten Songs – Documenting the Decline of the Kelabit Language in Sarawak.’ Displacement, Division and Renewal Conference – Research Unit for the Study of Societies in Change (RUSSIC). Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak, Malaysia.
2006 Venkatasawmy. R. ‘The Creative Industries and Employment: Quality, Opportunity and Livelihood – Towards the Creation of an ASEAN Creative Industries Academy?’ A Cultural Agenda for ASEAN Conference – Union Network International (Media, Entertainment & Arts) – UNI-MEI/UNI-APRO/UNI-MLC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.