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Dr

Steve Thomas

Senior Lecturer In Film & Tv (Documentary)
documentary
ethics
collaboration
reflexivity
filmmaking
freedom stories
reality tv
asylum seekers
fiction film
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Dr

Steve Thomas

 
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Dr

Steve Thomas

 

Dr Steve Thomas is a Senior Lecturer 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, Soonest Mended (1999): SBS TV and winner United Nations Association Media Peace Award. Distributor Ronin Films.
  • Family Foibles (2001): a series of 5 x 26’ family stories which Steve produced for ABC TV with mainly VCA graduates directing. Distributor Ronin Films.
  • Welcome to Woomera (2004). ABC TV. Distributor Screen Australia.

Scholarly Works

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Credentials

Positions


Senior Lecturer In Film & Tv (Documentary)

Victorian College Of The Arts

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Film & Television by Research (Documentary)

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science Honours in Chemistry

Durham University