Director, Producer, Writer, Camera – Dr Tom Murray is a filmmaker, writer and lecturer in screen production. His debut documentary film, Dhakiyarr vs the King, won the Dendy Award for Best Film at the 2004 Sydney Film Festival, the NSW Premier’s Award for History, and was selected for many international film festivals including the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Tom’s 2008 film, In My Father’s Country, was selected for IDFA Amsterdam, won the 2008 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature and has screened at many of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. The film was made with assistance from Macquarie University and won the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. Tom’s most recent film Love in Our Own Time was released in 2013. Tom has lectured at numerous institutions in Australia and internationally.
Tom currently works in the Department of Media at Sydney’s Macquarie University. He has extensive experience in facilitating media production in indigenous communities, including for ABC TV/ScreenWest, the Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre in NE Arnhem Land, and the Sharing Stories Project across Australia. Tom has made a number of feature documentaries for ABC Radio National and his writing has appeared in numerous distinguished publications. His 2005 novel Fishing Secrets was shortlisted for the Vogel Australian Literary Award. In 2014, Tom was awarded the Max Crawford Medal.
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