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Sarah Gibson has been writing, producing and directing documentaries on contemporary social issues for over 30 years. Her award winning work has been extremely well received by audiences in Australia and world wide television markets. Her three part documentary series Myths of Childhood (1997) produced by Film Australia screened on ABCTV to critical acclaim. She has a strong interest in experimenting with the poetic possibilities of the documentary and with the essay form. The Hundredth Room (2004) continued her filmic exploration of the relevance of psychological insights for contemporary culture. She is currently developing the interactive documentary project Re-enchantment a journey into the hidden world of fairy tales. Sarah lecturers in documentary and supervises graduate students. Sarah combines her lecturing and creative practice with work a Jungian analyst in private practice in Sydney.
Megan Heyward is an award winning new media practitioner and educator whose work explores narrative in new media contexts. She has been funded twice by the Australian Film Commission to develop complex screen based interactives. "I Am A Singer" (1997) and "of day, of night" (2002) have been widely exhibited, including the MILIA New Talent Pavilion (France), ISEA (Japan), Festival of Cinema and New Media (Canada), Contact Zones (USA), Videobrasil (Brazil), Viper (Switzerland), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany), Digital Storytelling Festival (USA). "of day, of night" was published by major US hypertext publisher Eastgate Systems in 2005. Megan's work is notable for its sumptuous visual and aural landscapes, strong narrative, and innovative use of sound and music. More recently she has been exploring narratives distributed across time and space using mobile and locative technologies. Her mobile phone project "traces: stories written upon this town", was exhibited at the Sydney Opera House, the Adelaide Festival, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris in July 2007 as part of the Pocket Film Festival. Her current project, "Pilgrim", is a creative research doctorate to be experienced via locative media, web and DVD. Megan is a Senior Lecturer in Media Arts and Production at UTS.
Andrew Jakubowicz is professor of sociology and co-director of the UTS: Cosmopolitan Civil Societies. His communication research encompasses the use of multimedia to publish social science, cultural diversity and the media, and development of digital ethnographical methods. Recent projects include the award-winning Making Multicultural Australia (opens an external site) and the Menorah of Fang Bang Lu.
After completing an Anthropology Honours degree at Sydney University in 1973, Gillian Leahy studied at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She went on to work in the camera department of four Australian feature films and as a director of over sixteen films. She was a member of the editorial board of FILMNEWS, and a regular contributor. She has written three feature scripts with funding from the Australian Film Commission. She is best known for her essay film, My Life without Steve, which won Awards for Best Experimental Film (Australian Film Institute) and Best Film at the Melbourne Film Festival. She produced and directed Our Park, for SBS TV, which formed the creative work for her Master of Fine Arts from the UNSW. She is writing a new feature film script and continues to write and research on documentary.
Shannon O’Neill is an artist, academic and curator based in Sydney, Australia. Active since the early 1990s, he makes sound, music, radio, video, text, web sites, installations, etc. and has worked with lots of amazing people on many different projects. He was a director of the 2001-2002 Electrofringe and the 2005-2007 Sydney Liquid Architecture festivals, and is the founder of Alias Frequencies (opens an external site), an organization that promotes and publishes media art and experimental music.
He is currently a Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney and is completing a PhD in music at the University of Wollongong.
Andrew Taylor is a Lecturer in the Media Arts Program at UTS. He graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1994 and after graduation worked as both a director and cinematographer.
Andrew's directing credits include television and cinema commercials; sponsored documentaries; and two feature length interactive animated versions of Xena:Warrior Princess, Heart of Pearl and Concrete Flesh, two short films he directed at AFTRS, were both nominated for AFI Cinematography Awards.
In 2001, Andrew wrote and directed the short feature film, Kabbarli, a film about Daisy Bates. Kabbarli was pre-sold to SBS TV and was screened at local and international festivals. He is currently completing Siberia, a documentary fable, funded by the Australian Film Commission and Love, Death & Photography, a series of film-photo essays that reflect on snap-shots, portraits, digital images and the impact these are having on the way we see and imagine our world.