Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a writer, editor, critic and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia.
She is currently the film editor for The Big Issue, film columnist for The Lifted Brow and is undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University. She was a theatre critic at The Age from 2012-2015.
Her writing focuses on arts and culture, specialising in cinema, and has appeared in magazines, journals and newspapers across Australia and the world. These include CNN Style, Art Das Kunstmagazin (forthcoming), The Saturday Paper, The Australian, The Age, Meanjin, Island, Kill Your Darlings, Metro, Senses of Cinema and Fireflies.
In 2017, Rebecca is a participant in RMIT non/fictionLab’s Women Writers in the City project. Her work has been awarded several times by the Australian Film Critics Association, most recently receiving the 2016 Ivan Hutchinson Prize for the essay ‘The Shadow of the Rock‘. She named one of the Melbourne Writers Festival’s 30 Writers Under 30 in 2015 and took part in the Disquiet Literary Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. She was a finalist for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize and undertook a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2014.
Rebecca has been a guest writer, presented panels and read her work at places like the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival, Women of Letters, the Emerging Writers Festival, the National Young Writers Festival, Screen Futures, New News, Express Media News Conference, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Shadow Electric Cinema, Palace Como and Cinema Nova.
She’s delivered writing and journalism workshops at a variety of high schools, universities and writers’ centres, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Swinburne University, University of Canberra, Writers Victoria (where she was one of their top-rated tutors) and the New South Wales Writers’ Centre. She also mentored emerging writers at the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Critics Campus and high school journalism program The Under Age, where she was the Project Coordinator from 2012-2014.
She’s also been a judge at the New Horizons Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland, as well as the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in Australia. She was invited to attend the 2016 Berlin Film Festival as a guest of the German Federal Government Visitors’ Programme.
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