DR Steve Thomas

DR Steve Thomas




  • Dr Steve Thomas lectures in documentary filmmaking in the VCA’s School of Film and Television and is an award-winning independent filmmaker.

    His most recent documentary feature, Freedom Stories (2015 http://freedomstoriesproject.com/), is the third in a trilogy of films on the subject of asylum seekers. It premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival and was a finalist in the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary. His previous feature, Hope (2008 http://www.hopedocumentary.com.au), won the ATOM Award for Best Social/Political Documentary. It was also a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Awards and Australian Directors Guild Awards.

    Steve has a particular interest in documentary ethics. In 2010 he completed his Master of Film & Television by Research thesis entitled ‘Hope – Towards an ethical framework of collaborative practice in documentary filmmaking’ (available at http://repository.unimelb.edu.au/10187/10111). He has recently completed a practice-led PhD entitled ‘Reflexivity, collaboration and ethical documentary filmmaking: a practice based approach’ (available at https://minerva-access.unimelb.edu.au/handle/11343/161168). The creative component of the latter is Freedom Stories , which collaboratively explores the stories of former ‘boat people’ who arrived in detention circa 2001 and are now Australian citizens.

    Steve’s work as a writer/director/producer also includes:
    • Black Man’s Houses (1992) and Harold (1994): award-winning ABC TV documentaries examining black-white history in Australia. Distributor Ronin Films.
    • The Hillmen – A Soccer Fable (1996): SBS TV and winner of the AFI Award for Best TV Documentary.
    • Least Said


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2017
  • MA by Research, University of Melbourne 2011
  • BSc Hons, Durham University 1971