Robert Cettl

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A freelance author and former Australian National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA) SAR Research Fellow, Robert Cettl (HBA, GCTESOL, GDIS, MTESOL) is an English lecturer at the University of Jinan, Shandong, China. Robert's non-fiction writing is published through McFarland & Co. Inc. and Bloomsbury Academic in the USA and collected by such as Yale University Library, the British Film Institute and the national libraries of Australia and China. He is also an experimental ethnographic filmmaker whose digital feature films are collected by the NFSA and soon to be released on Video-on-Demand and whose short videos about living and working in China can be found on his YouTube channel.

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How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Online databases or keyword searching at individual retailers. I don't read fiction, only non-fiction. Most of that is Academic and peer-review. University library databases have eBook metadata and descriptions and as they stock the subject ranges I tend to be most interested in. So - libraries.
What is your writing process?
My writing process begins with a topic or subject idea. Akin to the research process, I isolate a specific question or sub-topic that I wish to write about and/or research (information retrieval or qualitative, ethnographic participant-observation methodologies being my personal preference). When I have collected the necessary data, made notes and tabulated any report findings (if warranted - rare actually), I set about writing. I go through at least two drafts, usually three before finalizing it.
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The War on Christianity: a 12-Step Survival Guide
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Ethics, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Activism
The Religious Right consider the secular humanist world to be in war against Christianity. The battleground is the definition of "hate speech" vs. religious freedom. And every war needs a survival guide.
The Questionable Success of Unquestioned Excess: Martin Scorsese & The Wolf of Wall Street
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Essay » Sociology
American Capitalism as envisioned by Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese. In this e-Book, Australian National Film & Sound Archive former SAR Research Fellow Robert Cettl takes a critical look at Scorsese's new film: at its ethical overtones (or lack of them), its celebration of excess and its divisive critical interpretation as allegory, satire and/or dark comedy.
Australian Misogynist: an eBook Profile of Tony Abbott
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 12,170. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 21, 2013 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » World leaders
In 2012, Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard galvanized the world when in a speech before Parliament she branded Opposition leader Tony Abbott a "misogynist". In response, Australian and US dictionaries updated the meaning of the word. Less than a year later, the "misogynist" was elected Australia's new Prime Minister. Just how accurate is the label?: this e-Book tells all!
The 8th Million Way to Die
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
An in-depth critical re-appraisal and inside account of director Hal Ashby's final feature film 8 Million Ways to Die starring Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette and Andy Garcia.
Sex Life of the Prophet Muhammad
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Pornography, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Islam / Theology
The Prophet Muhammad as a Porn Star! The most sacrilegious XXX movie ever made somehow slipped under the radical cleric radar. Yet, in the midst of current debates on free speech, apostasy and blasphemy, this one unseen, unreported movie, unknown porno flick may well just prove a test case.
Hollywood and the Killer Lesbian
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2013 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Politics & society, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Amidst the socio-sexual upheavals of the 1970s, Hollywood used a re-envisioning of the detective character from traditional film noir to essay the threat to heterosexual patriarchy posed by transgressive homosexuality. Thus, in one 1972 film emerged American cinema's way of dealing with that threat - the archetype of the Killer Lesbian was cemented!
Double Pass to Aberration, A
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,540. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Teri Louise Kelly’s foray into supernatural fantasy cum black humour is a deviation many had long expected. The dark side of this genre and gender bending author has long been known. But here, in A Double Pass to Aberration we witness Kelly toying playfully with vampires and zombies
King of the Turkeys: Michael Caine in America
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,950. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Though an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award winning Actor, Michael Caine has done more flops in American cinema than most actors would care to inlcude on their CV. From Ashanti to The Swarm, The Black Windmill to Jaws the Revenge, this e-book explores the world of Michael Caine's flops, the turkeys that his most ardent fans nevertheless adore.
Lotus Flesh of Bob Chinn: Johnny Wadd from Screen to Novel
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts, Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sex & culture
Bob Chinn and porn star John Holmes jointly created the legendary XXX character Johnny Wadd in a series of popular adult movies in the 1970s, as referenced in Hollywood's tribute, Boogie Nights. Three decades later, Chinn adapted the second film in the series, Flesh of the Lotus, to a novel: Johnny Wadd as pulp fiction. Now for the first time film and novel are compared and reviewed.
Deep Inside: Dirty Shary
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,650. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sex & culture
The adult movie's blurb read "The daring and violent female detective Dirty Shary investigates a case of white slavery. In order to solve the case she must enter a bordello and pretend she's a prostitute, naturally not allowed to refuse any client, for actuality's sake." Does the adult movie live up to the hype? Read the adult eRetrospective mini ebook review.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 51,910. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
The Life and Death of Gutter Art. Reaching out across the bleached white veldt to infect the flickering screen with a moment of insanity, Teri Louise Kelly’s short story/poetry anthology ‘Punktuation’ is a literary oil slick drifting slowly toward the burning shore.
Marketing Machismo: Schwarzenegger's Raw Deal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,770. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
It was to be Arnold Schwarzenegger's first sex scene in a feature film but star and producer argued. It ended as a fight in a gay stripclub around near-naked transvestite dancers. Behind the scenes of the least-known Schwarzenegger release - Raw Deal.
Eduardo Cemano & the Birth of the New York City One-Day-Wonder Porno
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sex & culture, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Before Boogie Nights. Before Deep Throat. From the New York underground swinger set he emerged to transform adult filmmaking with a visionary zeal. With a handheld camera he adored naked, copulating bodies. With a sharp intelligence he satirized the same sexual revolution that enabled him. He made two one-day wonders, three adult films, then vanished. Who is he? Get introduced in ebook.
Sensational Movie Monologues
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 44,060. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Theatre may claim the monologue as its own but the movies have since claimed it as part and parcel of a successful hit. The best, most powerful and most memorabke movie moments are often in the form of sensational movie monologues: fifty of the best are compiled in this e-anthology as source material for aspiring actors and film buffs alike.
Film Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,000. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
An anthology of anecdotes from a century of movie backstories, covering all genres from action to horror, erotica to cult and romance to drama. Well-kept secrets, legends and backstage folklore from the movie-making experience are collected in an ebook companion to the home theatre experience.
A Rare and Vacant Hour
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Salvador Dali, Billie Holliday, Josef Mengele - they all had cats. Famous person's cats - the subject of the first part in a new collection of experimental beat poetry from one of Adelaide, South Australia's most popular underground performers and a former editor for Adelaide's famous poetry collective Friendly Street Poets, Ivan Rehorek aka Avalanche.
Film Talk
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,570. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Your favourite movie quotes in the one handy e-resource: an e-anthology of the most memorable, sexiest, strangest and funniest quotes from a century of cinema. "Are you talking to me?" Damn straight! Film Talk is definitely the ebook guide to quoting the Movies in the Age of Home Theatre.
Film Tags
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,080. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Often, what gets lost in all the movie hype is the creation of the hype itself. A film tagline has an important function in movie marketing: not only must it generate enough interest in the film to lure audiences but it must also accurately encapsulate the movie's tone. Yet, there has never been an anthology of film taglines - until now!
Australian Film Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,600. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2011 by Robert Cettl. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Reference, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
From the drunken brawl that scarred Mel Gibson's face and led to his casting in Mad Max to the Australian ex-pat who immortalized American disco music in Saturday Night Fever to the outrage over an American superhero movie claiming to be Australian content to get a tax rebate! A unique collection of Aussie movie anecdotes by a former SAR Fellow at Australia's National Film & Sound Archive.


Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,850. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Social policy, Nonfiction » Social Science » Gay & Lesbian studies
Australia, now. The country is galvanized by the case of Rugby Union footballer Israel Folau. An avowed Christian, Folau posted on social media a Biblical quotation deemed to vilify the LGBT community. His 4 million dollar contract was terminated. Coming to his defence, the Australian Christian lobby now petition the government to introduce freedom of religion laws.

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