Hello, I’m Bradley J. Dixon. I’m a writer, critic, film programmer, radio host and audio producer from Melbourne, Australia.
I’m currently a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, and a member of the Screen & Sound Cultures collaborative research group. My research focuses on persona and practice in comedy media.
I’m a former editor of the film journal Senses of Cinema and co-founder and editor of The Essential, a two-time AFCA Award winning online publication of film and music criticism. As a freelance critic, my writing on cinema and pop culture has been published in Bright Wall/Dark Room, Junkee, Film Blerg and elsewhere.
I am a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and the committee of the Melbourne Cinémathèque, and have served on the feature film programming panels for the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF). You can occasionally hear me hosting The Graveyard Shift or Room With a View on Melbourne’s 3RRR Radio.
You can find me on Twitter at @bradleyjdixon.
- Comedy persona and practice
- Australian cinema
- Radio and television history
- Community media
PhD in Media and Communication
Bachelor of Media and Communication (Honours)
RMIT University, 2019
Bachelor of Communication (Media)
RMIT University, 2018
Meta humour in the 1950s sitcom: parafiction and self-reflexivity in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
Scholars of television in the United States have noted an undercurrent of self-reflexivity in the early sitcom, typically understood as techniques that call attention to the medium’s artifice and the apparatus of television itself. However, one aspect of self-reflexivity in early television sitcom that warrants deeper analysis is the use of parafiction, or the deliberate…