Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

ASO curators

Lynden Barber

Lynden Barber

Lynden Barber is a Sydney-based journalist specialising in film and music and a script and screen industry consultant. He has been Artistic Director of the Sydney Film Festival, film writer for The Australian and senior film critic at The Sydney Morning Herald. Born in the UK, Barber moved to Australia in 1985. He is published most frequently in The Australian and Limelight magazine and on the ABC and SBS websites. His work has also been published in Lumina, newmatilda, Melody Maker, NME and Australian Rolling Stone.

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Janet Bell

Janet Bell

Janet has been working in the Australian television industry as a producer, director and executive producer for 30 years. Her credits as producer include the AFI Award-winning Land of the Morning Star, the original series of Dynasties for ABC TV, In the Mind of the Architect and the Dendy Awards finalist Seasons of Revenge. Her recent projects include working as co-producer on the documentary In Search of Bony.

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Tammy Burnstock

Tammy Burnstock

Tammy freelances as a writer, script editor and consultant. She has worked in children’s media for the past 23 years, including 12 in the Children’s department of the ABC, where she originated and executive produced the award-winning online gateway The Playground. Tammy’s writing credits include The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry (2008) and Play School (1966-current); she also created Creature Features (2002-current) and produced and script edited Bananas in Pyjamas (1992-2002).

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Paul Byrnes

Paul Byrnes

Paul has been a film critic for The Sydney Morning Herald for 15 years. He was director of the Sydney Film Festival for ten years, and has programmed exhibitions of Australian cinema for venues in Berlin and New York. His educational DVD looking at the politics and propaganda of immigration film, co-written and directed with Penny McDonald, won the 2005 Focal International award for best use of archive footage in a digital medium. In 2007, Paul won the Pascall Prize for Critic of the Year.

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Michelle Craig

Michelle Craig

Michelle worked on australianscreen in one capacity or another from its inception in 2005 until 2011. She was also involved in redeveloping the National Film and Sound Archive website to better show off the fabulous film and sound content in the NFSA collection.

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Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies

Matthew worked at the ABC for ten years as a producer and broadcaster before commencing work at the NFSA in 1993. He has worked in Sound Preservation, as Operations Manager of Preservation and Technical Services, and presently is Senior Curator for Sound Broadcast and New Media. Matthew is an online tutor and lecturer at Charles Sturt University, chair of IASA’s National Archives Section and President of the Australasian Sound Recordings Association.

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Poppy De Souza

Poppy De Souza

Poppy has worked with a diverse range of community groups as a digital storytelling facilitator at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in Canberra and ACMI in Melbourne. She has also worked with national community arts organisation big hArt as a video editor for a commercial production company in Sydney; and more recently developed a framework for Non-Governmental Organisations in the Maldives to use arts and culture for civil society strengthening.

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Maryanne Doyle

Maryanne Doyle

Maryanne Doyle is a radio archivist for the National Film and Sound Archive located in the Melbourne office. Maryanne has collected a range of audiovisual materials for the NFSA since 2001 and previously worked for ABC television and radio archives. She is a Board member for the Australasian Sound Recordings Association.

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Pat Fiske

Pat Fiske

Pat Fiske is a director, producer and sound recordist and a prominent member of Australia’s filmmaking community. Her two-part series about private prisons in Australia and the United States, Business Behind Bars, won a 2001 Walkley Award. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Stanley Hawes Award for her outstanding contribution to the documentary industry. Her films include the award-winning documentaries For All the World to See (1992) and Rocking the Foundations (1986).

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Martin Ford

Martin Ford

Martin studied Fine Arts, including film studies, at Sydney University. He has worked as a teacher and bookseller and for the past 15 years has worked in book and web publishing as an editor and writer.

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Jenny Fraser

Jenny Fraser

Jenny curates as an act of sovereignty and emancipation. She founded cyberTribe online gallery (1999) and the Blackout Collective (2002), coordinated new media arts for the 'Spirit and Vision’ Triennial in Vienna and was a curator for 'conVerge’ at the Adelaide Biennale (2002). The first Aboriginal Curator to present a Triennial exhibition in Australia, her work has screened at ISEA 2006 in San Jose and the InteractivA Biennales in Mexico, and she received an honourable mention at Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival.

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Jenny Gall

Jenny Gall

Jennifer Gall manages the NFSA Scholars and Artists in Residence program. She completed her doctorate at the ANU School of Music and researches the relationship between music and popular culture with a focus on traditional music and the music of hidden women musicians. She writes about music for The Canberra Times and is affiliated with the International Council of Traditional Music, Kommission für Volksdichtung and Musicological Society of Australia. She co-edited Antipodean Traditions: Australian Folklore in the 21st Century (2011).

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Sandy George

Sandy George

Sandy George presents films on SBS One and, as a journalist, has tracked the Australian film and television industry for more than 20 years. She is long-time correspondent for the London-based magazine Screen International and its online news feed Screen Daily, writes for many outlets including SBS Film, and has been editor of Australian trade magazine Encore and film writer for the The Australian. She regularly lectures on film, judges films and hosts panels and Q&As about film, but she also plays tennis and cycles.

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Brenda Gifford

Brenda Gifford

Brenda is an archivist in the Indigenous Collection Branch of the NFSA. An Aboriginal woman from NSW, she holds a Bachelor of Education, has worked with remote Indigenous broadcasters and taught music to Indigenous students in the TAFE system. A professional musician for 15 years, Brenda played saxophone and toured Australia and internationally with Bart Willoughby’s band Mixed Relations and recorded with Indigenous artists like Kev Carmody and Alice Haines. Brenda trained with Don Burrows at the Sydney Conservatorium.

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Vicki Grieves

Vicki Grieves

Vicki is Warraimay from the mid-north coast of NSW and a historian. Previously a senior curator of Indigenous Collections at the NFSA, she has 30 years’ experience in managing Aboriginal policy and programs within universities (where she has lectured in Aboriginal history and public policy), the Commonwealth public service and in Aboriginal community organisations. Vicki’s PhD thesis presents a case for a new Australian historiography based on Indigenous approaches to history.

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Bruce Hodsdon

Bruce Hodsdon

Bruce was Program Director of the National Film Theatre of Australia from 1975-79. He was curator of the Screen Studies Collection, then Manager of the National Film and Video Lending Collection, at the National Library of Australia from 1981-96. Since 1997 he has curated the weekly film screenings at the State Library of Queensland. Bruce has contributed in recent years to online publications Screening the Past and Senses of Cinema and to The Little Black Book of Movies (2007, Cassell).

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Sally Jackson

Sally Jackson

Sally is a curator in the Film branch at the NFSA. Prior to joining the NFSA in 1991, she completed a degree in Cinema Studies at La Trobe University, worked for the Melbourne International Film Festival and Australian Film Institute, and as a freelance researcher in film, television and publishing. At the NFSA, Sally has worked in exhibitions, screening programs and film restoration, including work on The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) and the NFSA’s Corrick Collection. She is currently writing a new history of the early days of cinema in Australia.

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Thorsten Kaeding

Thorsten Kaeding

Thorsten has been an audiovisual archivist at the National Film and Sound Archive for more than ten years. His main interest is in growing and sharing the NFSA's fantastic collection of Australian popular music.

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Richard Kuipers

Richard Kuipers

Richard is a film critic for the international trade paper Variety. He also contributes movie reviews and commentary on ABC Radio National and the webzine Urban Cinefile. Richard has produced and directed several documentaries including Stone Forever (1999), a look at one of Australia’s most famous cult films. He produced the national television program The Movie Show on SBS Television from 1992-2000.

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Meg Labrum

Meg Labrum

Meg Labrum is Senior Curator for the NFSA’s Film, Documents, Artefacts and Curatorial Connections Branch. Meg has worked with the NFSA since 1980, commencing as graduate librarian with a passion for film. Collection context, policy development, evaluation, legal deposit, intellectual property and moral rights, and the impact of digitisation on archival services are issues which Meg deals with on a daily basis. She has been Secretary-General for FIAF since 2003 and plays an active role in international archival forums.

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Susan Lambert

Susan Lambert

Susan Lambert is one of Australia’s leading filmmakers with work produced, broadcast and distributed internationally. Her early work was recognised with the 1984 AFC Documentary Fellowship which resulted in the experimental feature Landslides (1986). Her work includes the feature Talk (1994); the international documentaries Deadly Enemies (2005) and The Cars That Ate China (2008); and TV series including DIY Law (2001), Love and Money (2004) and On Trial (2009). She also teaches at AFTRS.

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Leslie Lewis

Leslie Lewis

Leslie Lewis is a graduate of the L Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and was the first George Eastman House Exchange Scholar with the NFSA in 2006. She has a Doctor of Philosophy from Northwestern University, USA. Her dissertation was entitled 'Trading in Withered Flesh: Mummies, Movies and Modernity’ (2006). Leslie’s areas of specialty are Film History, Silent Film, Genre Studies, Documentary Film and Film Theory.

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Anne Lucas

Anne Lucas

Anne Lucas has been involved with the Australian entertainment industry for over 40 years, starting as an actress. After leading roles in several iconic Australian television dramas, she moved into script editing and screenwriting. She has script credits on over 400 hours of Australian television covering serials, adult drama series, telemovies, children’s drama and mini-series. She is a multiple Australian Writers Guild 'AWGIE’ Award nominee and wrote the dual AFI Award winning episode of Embassy (1990-92), 'A Human Dimension’.

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Alan Maskell

Alan Maskell

Alan Maskell has worked in various publishing roles across print and web-based environments for almost 20 years. His recent roles include the provision of online cultural resources to the education sector at the National Museum of Australia and editorial manager for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia website.

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Kate Matthews

Kate Matthews

Kate is a writer, lecturer and animator. Her short films have screened internationally and allowed her to travel to the Edinburgh and Berlin International Film Festivals. She has been an animation panellist for the Melbourne International Film Festival (2005-2008), taught at the School of Creative Media at RMIT University (since 2004) and worked for ACMI since 2006 as a Facilitator of screen workshops including digital storytelling and children’s animation. Her writing has appeared in Metro, Screen Education and Senses of Cinema.

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Graham McDonald

Graham McDonald

Graham McDonald is a Recorded Sound archivist at the National Film and Sound Archive. He has 35 years’ background in folk music variously as a performer, recording engineer and producer, broadcaster, journalist and critic. He has also served as Artistic Director of the National Folk Festival. In his spare time he builds mandolins and is the author of two books on musical instrument construction.

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Liz McNiven

Liz McNiven

Liz is a Barnba woman from the Budjiti nation of Paroo river country in north-west NSW and south-west Queensland. She completed a skills development program at AIATSIS, complemented by a BA in Communications and Media at the University of Canberra. Over the past ten years, Liz has worked at the National Gallery of Australia, Museum Victoria, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation, Murray-Darling Basin Authority and as Senior Curator and Manager of the NFSA Indigenous Collections Branch.

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Andrew Mercado

Andrew Mercado

Andrew is an Australian TV historian and media commentator. His work in TV includes stints as location manager on Paradise Beach (1993–94) and publicist for Pacific Drive (1995–97); reviewing movies on Channel [V], MAX TV, Kerri-Anne and Mornings; and hosting program The Playlist. Andrew is the author of Super Aussie Soaps (2004, Pluto Press) and has curated many classic Australian TV series for DVD release through Umbrella Entertainment, including Number 96 (1972–77) and The Don Lane Show (1975–83). His website is Mercado TV.

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Romaine Moreton

Romaine Moreton

Dr Romaine Moreton is a writer of poetry, prose and film with a PhD in philosophy from the University of Western Sydney. Romaine has published two anthologies of her poetry, The Callused Stick of Wanting (1996) and Post Me to the Prime Minister (2004). Romaine has also scripted films, with Redreaming the Dark and Cherish both selected for the fringe program at the Cannes Film Festival. A third film, A Walk With Words, won the award for Best International Short Film at the World of Women Film Festival.

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Stephanie A Nemazee

Stephanie A Nemazee

Stephanie Nemazee is a working artist, designer and filmmaker from Denver, Colorado. Currently residing in Santa Clarita, she is pursuing her MFA in Theatre Set and Costume Design at the California Institute of the Arts. Stephanie also holds a BFA in Film, and an MA in Art Curatorship. You can view her work at her website.

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Annemaree O'Brien

Annemaree O'Brien

Annemaree O’Brien works in literacy and media education as a lecturer, consultant, writer, project manager and researcher. She is currently undertaking a PhD in multimodal literacy through UNE on a research project based at the ACTF. Annemaree has worked on screen literacy and production programs at ACMI and was Education Projects Manager for the ACTF. She is also involved in developing multimedia education projects and designing and scripting online learning objects for The Le@rning Federation.

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Tamara Osicka

Tamara Osicka

Tamara Osicka is an archivist and music lover who has worked with the National Film and Sound Archive’s collection for over a decade. Her job, acquiring and curating material for the NFSA’s sound collection, brings her into contact with a wide range of recordings and musical styles.

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Damien Parer

Damien Parer

Damien is an independent film and TV producer. He was a film editor, art director and production manager on various independent films, before becoming in-house producer at the Tasmanian Film Corporation and Film Australia. He was then Head of Production for Barron Entertainment and the Film Development Manager for the South Australian Film Corporation. He has produced six feature films and two mini-series. His award-winning films include Shame, Father and Tracks of Glory.

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Adrienne Parr

Adrienne Parr

Adrienne is an award-winning documentary producer who has specialised in the incorporation of archival material in educational and contemporary programming. Adrienne’s experience with moving image research began over 20 years ago when she assisted Graham Shirley researching film for The Dismissal. Her list of credits includes: as producer, The Forgotten Force, Teachers of the World, Family, and AsiaScope; and, as Archival Researcher, Camera Natura, Handmaidens and Battleaxes, Uluru, An Anangu Story and Women 88.

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Rhianna Patrick

Rhianna Patrick

Rhianna moved to Sydney after joining the ABC as a news and current affairs cadet in 2002. She spent a year in the Mackay newsroom before heading back to Sydney in 2004 to take up a position as the breakfast newsreader for triple j news. Rhianna joined Speaking Out as the Presenter and Producer in 2008.

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Vincent Plush

Vincent Plush

Vincent is a composer, conductor, pianist, broadcaster, lecturer and writer, and former Head of Research Programs at the NFSA. The winner of many awards for his writings and musical compositions, his own research fields relate to the transplantation of Old World traditions to New World environments with a special interest in Australian and American interactions. He has recently completed his eighth text for the stage, and is currently composing a chamber opera based on DH Lawrence’s experiences in Australia. (Photo: Christopher Osborne)

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Marian Quigley

Marian Quigley

Dr Marian Quigley is a freelance writer, researcher and editor; Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University and member of the advisory panel for The Story of the Moving Image Exhibition at ACMI. A former lecturer in English, Media and Communications, her articles have appeared in national and international publications. Marian is the author of Women Do Animate: Interviews with Ten Australian Animators (2005) and a founding member of Ibis Writers.

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Sophia Sambono

Sophia Sambono

Sophia Nampitjimpa Sambono is a Jingili/Irish/Scottish woman whose grandmother was a member of the stolen generation taken from her desert home Newcastle Waters to Kahlin compound in Darwin. Through kinship Sophia is connected to Indigenous peoples across the top end of the NT. After studying Screen Production and Museums and Collections Sophia is a curator of the Indigenous Collections at the NFSA. Her professional experiences have focused around knowledge repatriation community engagement, public programming and exhibitions.

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Joanne Scott

Joanne Scott

Dr Joanne Scott is Professor of History in the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Joanne has written widely on Australia’s social and cultural history, including as co-author of Showtime: A History of the Brisbane Exhibition (2008, UQP).

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Graham Shirley

Graham Shirley

Graham is NFSA's Manager of Access Projects. He has been a documentary film director and scriptwriter, researcher, film historian and oral historian. His documentaries include Road to Tokyo (2005) and Behind the Lines: The Secret War of Z Special Unit (2003). He researched archival footage for The Dismissal (1983) and Frank Hurley: The Man Who Made History (2004), among many others, and in 1981 restored For the Term of His Natural Life (1927). He is co-author of Australian Cinema: The First 80 Years (1983).

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Antoinette Starkiewicz

Antoinette Starkiewicz

Antoinette is an animation director whose credits include Puttin’ on the Ritz (1974) and Pussy Pumps Up (1979). High Fidelity (1976) and Zipper (1998) were both in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She has reviewed for Cinema Papers, Screen International and Digital Media World. Antoinette has collaborated with the FIPRESCI Jury at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, contributed to Cartoons: 100 Years of Cinema Animation (1994) and has been Animation Juror for the AFI Awards and the Sydney Film Festival.

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Elizabeth Taggart-Speers

Elizabeth Taggart-Speers

Liz joined the National Film and Sound Archive in 2000 and worked across the organisation from Preservation to Access. Before leaving the NFSA in 2006, she provided material from the collection for documentaries, exhibitions and publications. She also provided audiovisual material to the The Le@rning Federation for their online resource for schools.

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Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor

Beth is an artist who works across a broad range of mediums including photography, writing, documentary filmmaking, sculpture and painting. Her work has a common theme of finding beauty in the everyday. She has worked for the NFSA since 2008.

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Carla Teixeira

Carla Teixeira

Carla Teixeira is an audiovisual archivist with 18 years combined experience in the arts, entertainment and museums sectors. Carla has worked as Administrator of Legs On The Wall and Stalker Stilt Theatre Company and was a member of the Opening and Closing Ceremony teams for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Carla also worked in the Sound Broadcast and New Media Branch of the National Film and Sound Archive where her focus was on building contemporary holdings in radio, independent music, experimental music and sonic art.

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Michael Weir

Michael Weir

Michael is a proud Wiradjuri man from New South Wales. He has worked in the Indigenous Collections Branch at the National Film and Sound Archive, and also for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in both their Family History and Audiovisual branches. Michael is a hip-hop artist and has a background in community radio.

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