Nicolette Freeman holds BAs from University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), where she specialised in cinematography. Nicolette’s graduating film at AFTRS, Letters of Sylvia Plath
, was a winner in the 1985 Greater Union Awards at the Sydney Film Festival, and a finalist that year at the AFI Awards. Since graduating in the mid 1980’s, Nicolette has shot many acclaimed drama and documentary films, including Road to Nhill,
the first feature film directed by her film school colleague, Sue Brooks.
After graduating from film school Nicolette produced and co-directed the documentary, Eclipse of the Man-Made Sun
. This hour-long film (screened on ABC Television in 1991) uses a visually rich palette of archival and experimental imagery to examine the language and symbolism of nuclear energy and weapons. It was widely screened and awarded at international film festivals, including the highly regarded Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival and the Yamagata Documentary Film festival
Throughout this period Nicolette taught film production at UTS, between her production commitments. In the early 90’s Nicolette moved to Melbourne where she continued her work as Director of Photography for local filmmakers such as Sarah Watt, Sue Maslin and John Hughes.
Nicolette continued her involvement in screen education with teaching appointments at Melbourne University, RMIT , and Open Channel. In 1998 Nicolette accepted a teaching position in film production at the VCA's Film School, where she worked casually until a full-time appointment in 2006.
In 1995 Nicolette participated, as a cinematographer, in the inaugural Indigenous Narrative Drama Visual Storytelling Workshop. This A.F.C. initiated filmmaking workshop for indigenous directors led