Dr Susan Turnbull (Chair) is an Associate Professor in Media Studies at La Trobe University. She has published broadly in the fields of media education, audience and television studies and is the co-ordinator of the Masters of Global Communications course at La Trobe. Sue is a co-editor of Participations, the international journal of audience and reception studies and editor of the Australian journal, Media International Australia.
Richard Zimmerman is the Director of Development and Partnerships at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image(ACMI). Richard is widely experienced in the arts marketing and fundraising areas, as well as having broad experience in the film and media industries including at the Australian Film Institute, the Kino Cinemas, and on the Board of Open Channel.
Paul Callaghan is the Director of Freeplay Independent Games Festival, held each year in Melbourne. Paul has a background in game development working as a programmer, game developer, narrative designer and software engineer, and is currently contributing to games being made at major Australian studio 2k Marin in Canberra and the ABC.
Lawrie Zion co-ordinates Journalism at La Trobe University, where he is also editor-in-chief of upstart. He has worked for more than two decades in the media, including a nine-year stint at ABC radio, where he was based at Triple J, presenting key on- air shifts, and establishing the station’s highly successful Hottest 100 listener poll. His print credits include a decade as a columnist and contributor for an array of publications including The Age and The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone Australia, and HQ, and a two-year stint as film writer with The Australian.
Roger Dunscombe is Chair of Australian Teachers of Media Vic, the co-chair of ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) National and one of two Media representatives on National Advocates for Arts Education. He has developed curricula for a variety of curriculum bodies and been involved in a number of forums, reference and review groups in The Arts and in Media.
Lisa French is Associate Professor in Cinema Studies, Media and Communication at RMIT University. She is the co-author of the books “Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute” (2009) and “Womenvision: Women and the Moving Image in Australia” (2003). Lisa’s PhD and MA research were both interested in gender and Australian film, and she has published widely in these fields in local and international journals.
Peter Tapp is Editor of Metro Magazine and Screen Education, and has worked in publishing for over 30 years. He was editor and publisher of “Filmviews” and then joint editor of “Cinema Papers”. While at ATOM he has helped establish the production and marketing of study guides for Australian documentaries and feature films, built The Education Shop, the Speakers Bureau, and ATOM’s online booking system.
Richard Keddie who heads up the Film Company has produced some of Australia’s best known film and television, including “Little Fish” with Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving; “Curtin” with Will McInnes and Noni Hazlehurst; “My Brother Jack” with Matt Day and Jack Thompson; and “Hawke” with Richard Roxburgh and Asher Keddie.
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