At Collarts, we pride ourselves on our teachers who, beyond their talents as both teachers and professionals, are all currently active in their respective industries. For the Screen & Media course, that means lecturers are working filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, and more. Whether you're interested in our Diploma of Screen & Media or the Screen & Media Bachelor degree, here are the faces you'll be seeing in your classes.
Not only is he the Screen & Media Coordinator, Tristan Meredith also takes on our Soundtrack for Screen unit. An experienced sound designer whose work has been shown in Australia and internationally (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, LA Shorts, and much more), Tristan also has a lot of prizes lining his walls as an AACTA and ASSG award-winner. Plus, his work's gone beyond the Australian screen for networks like BBC, National Geographic, and PBS, with credits on Oscar, Emmy, and AACTA award-winning films.
Australian Screen Cultures lecturer Audrey Lam is a legend even outside the Collarts sphere: with her work screened at Melbourne Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Centre Pompidou and Austrian Film Museum, Audrey has an expansive knowledge of the Australian film landscape. Asides from teaching at Collarts, she's putting this knowledge to practice by curating film seasons at nationally-renowned institutions such as ACMI and NGV too.
In your Episodic Narrative or Screencraft classes, you might come across lecturer Darcy Yuille, an experienced filmmaker and producer. In fact, his films have been screened worldwide at festivals— like the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Melbourne Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival—as well as on ABC, BBC, and the Sundance Channel. Currently, he's knee-deep in a PhD about Smartphone Filmmaking and Character Based Improvisation, and about to submit his smartphone feature film ONE PUNCH to film festivals.
At the helm of the Screen Genres is film critic Jake Wilson, who has an eye for analysing and interpreting what's happening on the big screen. Film reviewer for The Age since 2006, Jake has also been published across respected publications like Senses of Cinema, Australian Book Review, Metro and more. He's also the proud author of an Australian Screen Classics monograph on the Australian classic, Mad Dog Morgan.
Scout Cripps, lecturer for the Stories on Screen unit, has plenty of achievements under her belt. This screenwriter and producer by trade has had her work bought by Virgin Airlines and ABC, with her short film A GREAT MAN taking out the Special Jury Prize at Hollyshorts Film Festival. Besides the chance to develop her feature script LEGENDS under Screen Australia's Script Start initiative, Scout is currently collaborating with director John Hillcoat for an upcoming Western named STOLEN.
Screen & Media isn't just about filmmaking, but about video content too—publicist and content producer Finn Houlihan leads our New Technologies and Multiplatforms units. He's got more than 10 years experience in the journalism and publicity sector, so if anyone knows how to coordinate an eye-catching media campaign, produce a resonating content piece or understand the fast-paced nature of the newsroom, it's him.
You're bound to meet Lucie McMahon if you're taking classes in Critical Thinking for Screen & Media. A documentarian, Lucie's also an active member of the film community at large, co-founding Dead End Film Festival (a festival for short films lacking screening opportunities) and Too Much World, a project aiming to circulate filmmaking equipment throughout Naarm (Melbourne). She was also one of four Leading Lights participants to pitch at the Australian International Documentary Conference!
Keva York's name has popped up on the ABC Arts section regularly, as well as Senses of Cinema, The Monthly, and Radio National's Screen Show. The prolific writer and film critic is also your Global Screen Cultures lecturer, using her knowledge of the film industry to teach students about its many different facets. Keva was also one of eight mentors selected for MIFF's Critics Campus program, an initiative to help emerging film critics across five days.
Screenwriter and occasional director, meet Screenwriting lecturer Adam Spellicy, whose three short films—The Body Watchers, Mystic Eyes, and Keeper—have been screened at local and international festivals. He's also the 2016 winner of the Australian Writers' Guild Monte Miller and John Hinde awards for his creative sci-fi dystopian screenplay Mary Mary, which was funded by Screen Australia. His latest screenplay for The Bends has also just premiered at MIFF 2021!
In our Smartphone Filmmaking classes, you'll find Lara Gissing: screenwriter, director, festival programmer, and more. Lara's films have been shown at Academy Award qualifying festivals, Palm Springs International ShortFest, St. Louis International Film Festival, and more. There's even more on the horizon too, in the form of a work-in-progress screenplay set to be Lara's feature debut.