About

Liz Thompson is a photographer, writer,radio producer and documentary filmmaker.Liz recently completed Sharing Our Stories, a two-part series of fourteen books created in collaboration with indigenous communities in Australia.The books built around a traditional story from each community are illustrated by community children and include extensive photographs and quotes.The series won the 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and Best Primary Teaching and Learning Package.

Liz wrote, directed and co-produced The Last Magician, shot in the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea and nominated for four AFI Awards including Best Documentary and Best Direction. She directed and wrote Breaking Bows and Arrows, for SBS TV, a documentary film following reconciliation ceremonies in Bouginvaille after the civil war. The film won The United Nations Australian Media Peace Award for Best Television,

www.sharingstories.org. Liz is Director and CEO of SharingStories Foundation www.sharingstoriesfoundation.org which works to support cultural maintenance projects and to facilitate self represenational media production with Indigenous Australians. 

 

Liz has a Phd in Media Arts from La Trobe university. Her research was based on an exploration of best creative practice for supporting self-sustainable, self-representational digital storytelling in a remote Indigenous community context. 

 

AWARDS

2012  SharingStories with Wugularr Upper Primary - Winner of Best Youth Video at the National Remote Indigenous Media Festival.

2009  Overall Winner Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. Sharing Our Stories Series 1.

2009  Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing.

Winner Best Primary Teaching and Learning Resource. Sharing Our Stories Series 1.

2006  FIFO Pacific International Documentary Film Festival –  Winner Grand Jury Prize. Breaking Bows and Arrows.

2005  AIBD  World TV Awards.  Winner Best TV Documentary. Breaking Bows and Arrows.

2002   United Nations Media Peace Award for Best Television. Breaking Bows and Arrows

1998  Shortlist The Children’s Book Council of Australia Information Book of the Year Award. Fighting for Survival, The Ngaanyatjarra of the Gibson Desert.

1998  Shortlist. The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. The Ngaayatjarra of the Gibson Desert.

1995  AFI Awards Shortlist -  Best Documentary. The Last Magician

1995  AFI Awards Shortlist - Best Direction. The Last Magician.

 

GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2010  Australia Council for the Arts recipient of  Creative Producers Grant.

2009  Australia Council of the Arts recipient of Public Outcomes Grant for www.sharingstories.org

2008  Australia Council of the Arts recipient of Community Partnerships Development Grant for www.sharingstories.org

2008-2011  UTS/La Trobe Scholarship - PhD Media Studies.

2008 Australia India Council Grant to establish SharingStories in Varanasi, India.

 

ONLINE INTERVIEWS

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/sharing-our-sto...

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2009/2576654.htm

 

LINKS TO OTHER WORK