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Prof. Dr Mahadi J Murat


PhD in Arts (Washington)
MA in Interdisciplinary Media Studies (Westminster)
Certificate in Creative Arts (Performing Arts and Creative Writing – USM)
AMEC Fellowship (BBC Film Studio, Ealing Green, London)

Areas of specialisation:

Film Making, Broadcasting and Media Studies​


Winner of seven main awards for the feature film, “Sayang Salmah” (My Dear Salmah) – for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Story in the 12th Malaysian Film Festival. The film also won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards.

“Sayang Salmah”, also nominated in the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Asia Pacific Film Festival (Auckland New Zealand), Brussels International Film Festival, Asia Film Week (Morocco), ASEAN Film Week (Jogjakarta, Indonesia), Hawaii Film Festival, Commonwealth Film Festival, Nairobi Film Festival, Deauville-France Film Festival, and Venezuela Film Festival.

Sayang Salmah won “Best Character Actor” Award at Asia-Pacific Film Festival New Zealand 1997 and “Jury Merit Award for Humanity” at World Film Festival 2003

Winner for “Best Cinematography” and “Special Jury Award” for creativity in blending traditional music with film images” for film entitled “WANITA BERTUDUNG HITAM” at the 10th Festival Film Malaysia.

Receiver of a Gold Medal for “Outstanding Contribution in Arts” by the Mayor of the City of Brussels, Belgium. 1997

Winner of Best Screen Play Competition organised By Finas 2007

Winner in 1st Place and recipient of “The Samad Idris Trophy” for article published in newspapers and magazines in 2008


Sayang Salmah Dan Antologi 4 Skrip Filem
(University Of Malaya Publication, 2003)

Framing The Future: Politics And Practice Of The Malay Cinema
(Institut Kesenian Dan Kajian Media, Malaysia 2005)

Sutradara Kontemporari Malaysia
(Finas Publication, 2006)

Seminar Papers, Among Others:-

Filem Budaya Dan Masyarakat (Film, Culture And Society)

Violent Breeds Violent

Regionalization Of The ASEAN Cinema

Isu-isu Kepenontonan Filem Melayu (Audience Issues Of The Malay Film)

Rethinking P. Ramlee: Mencari Batin Nasional P Ramlee

Kearah Sejuta Penonton Filem Malaysia

Filem Melayu: Persaingan Getir Di Persada Maya (Malay Film: Stiff Competition In Virtual Platform)