Now a Senior Academic Staff Member in Wintec’s School of Media Arts, Matthew Bannister came to study through his love of music. He played in various Kiwi bands in the 80s and 90s, including Sneaky Feelings and Dribbling Darts of Love, but found that it wasn’t paying the bills.
In 1998, Matthew enrolled at University of Auckland and did a PhD on masculinity in NZ rock. He notes, “It was an area I knew and I’d always been fascinated by New Zealand attitudes to gender, having migrated here from Scotland as a teenager.” This led to a couple of books, Positively George Street (Reed, 1999), a reminiscence of his band days, during which he recorded for NZ indie label, Flying Nun, and later White Boys White Noise (Ashgate, 2006), on masculinity in 1980s alternative guitar rock. The latter has been cited 343 times (Google Scholar).
Matthew started at Wintec as Postgraduate Supervisor in Media Arts in 2005. He found that, “Wintec was ideal for me because I could write papers and play music, and they both counted as research.”
His latest projects are releasing a new album, ‘Progress Junction’ with his old band Sneaky Feelings in September 2017 (see Forthcoming... section, below) and writing a book on Taika Waititi, for Wayne State University Press of Detroit Michigan. Matthew’s ongoing study of Taika Waititi, including an analytical poster presentation entitled ‘Why are Taika Waititi’s films so popular?’ in an RPGO research event in 2016, is driven by the belief that, “Taika is showing the way forward for New Zealand artists and cultural producers. He’s a great role model for aspiring creatives.” The book will be completed by 2019.