The Distribution of Voice is a documentary film project being produced and directed by Jason Childs and Berndt Sellheim.
Jason Childs is a writer and academic whose work has been published in, among others, Overland, Seizure, and The Conversation. He was awarded the University Medal at UTS for his dissertation, written under Harrison’s supervision, on the relationship between philosophy and literature. Childs is currently completing a doctorate in the same field, which he began under Harrison in 2012. Thanks in part to a scholarship from the Goethe Institute, he spent 2013 doing research in Berlin. He currently teaches philosophy, cultural studies and writing at UTS. With Harrison, he co-founded and now hosts the popular public talk series Poetics, Writing, Thought, which has run monthly since early 2014 and featured presentations by some of Australia’s leading literary scholars.
Berndt Sellheim is the author of Beyond the Frame’s Edge (Fourth Estate, 2013) and Saint Vitus Dance (Fourth Estate, forthcoming). His poetry, critical and scholarly work have been published internationally. In 1999, Sellheim and Harrison established a Sydney-based poetry series, known as The Loft Readings. The series continued for six years with Sellheim as curator, with funding by the Australia Council for the Arts. Sellheim wrote his honours thesis at UTS under Harrison’s supervision, and later received his doctorate in phenomenology and poetics from Macquarie University, with his research including one year at Paris4 Sorbonne. He has taught poetry and philosophy—including the philosophies of film and literature—at various major Australian universities.
In producing this film, we are extremely keen to hear from former acquaintances, both personal and professional, of Martin Harrison. Furthermore, if you would like to offer any material for our consideration—video and audio recordings, photographs, correspondence, and so on—please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. All communications we receive will be treated with the utmost care and discretion. Click here to contact us.