BiographyDr Akkadia Ford is a cinematic taxonomist, across interdisciplinary screen cultures.
An empirically engaged lecturer and film consultant on issues of genders, sexualities and queer culture, Ford has worked for film production companies in a range of capacities, in broadcast television as a seasonal classifcation offcer and previously as a Festival Director (Queer Fruits Film Festival 2009–2012). Areas of research interest are focused upon transgender representation in films, transliteracy, queer film, film classifcation (ratings systems) in Australia,
UK and USA, gender disruption, film festivals, audiences and issues of spectatorship. Ford is published widely in a range of international journals and as a guest editor on special issues.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Audiences and issues of spectatorship
Diversity in cinema
Empirical qualitative research
Ethnography and autoethnography
Film classification (ratings systems) in the UK, USA, Australia
Genders, sexualities and cultures
Indigenous and First Nations Two Spirit/Third Gender Cinema
New Waves in Cinema (New Queer Cinema; Trans New Wave)
Queer and transgender cinema and GLBTIQ representation in films and media
Theories of decolonisation
Transmasculine cinematic representations
Queer and Trans Film festivals
Queer, genderqueer and trans ethnographies
Consultant on classification (ratings) issues of transgender representation in screen content (across film, television and video).
Film Consultant specialising in diversity onscreen; transgender, gender diverse, queer and GLBTIQ screen content.
Programmer (film curator) and producer.
Film, Film Festivals, Queer Film Festivals, Transgender Film Festivals, Cultural Diversity,
Social Justice, Intrinsic Cultural Values, Philosophies of Nature.