Critic | Acedemic | Writer

Merryana Salem is a proud Wonnarua and Lebanese–Australian critic, teacher, Communications graduate researcher at the University of Newcastle, and documentary maker. You can find her around social media at @akajustmerry, and her other writings in Kill Your Darlings, Junkee and The Big Issue. Aside from being addicted to film and television, she also co-hosts a podcast called GayV Club where she critically gushes about queer media. But mostly, she hopes you ate something nice today.

Podcast: GayV Club.


Published Criticism & Review

Works Published: The Big Issue

  • Big Screens Review: Legend of the Five – edition #620
  • Small Screens Review: Dark Place – edition #600
  • Small Screens Review: Love on the Spectrum – edition #599
  • Small Screens Review: She Who Must Be Loved – edition #591
  • Small Screens Review: Five Faces – edition #584
  • Small Screens Review: The Heights – edition #581
  • Small Screens Review: Kidding – edition #571

Documentary: If Not Now (2019)

Directed by Merryana Salem, winner of Best Production at Festival X, If Not Now is a student documentary about the culture of sexism and gender discrimination in Newcastle’s live music scene. Made as a Major Project for the University of Newcastle.


“As vital as art is in affirming society’s identity, so is criticism to ensure none are left behind.”

Essay: The White Feminist Lead and her Posse of Colour

However progressive the world becomes for LGBTQIA+ youth, Suk Suk and Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) remind us to respect our elders and the generations that came before us who paved the way for the relative ease we now experience. The least we can do is pay tribute through film to the lives they may have led.

Feature: The Gay Generation Gap