About

Liz Thompson is a photographer, writer, radio producer and documentary filmmaker who has worked collaboratively with  communities in the Asia Pacific region for over thirty years.

Liz is the Founder and Creative Director of SharingStories Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation led by a passionate board with majority First Nations representation. SharingStories works with and for First Nations communities to protect, maintain and grow language, stories and cultural heritage www.sharingstoriesfoundation.org. SharingStories recently launched Jajoo Warngarra -The Culture Classroom Jajoo Warrngara, an educational platform through which teachers can access authentic content and teaching resources produced by and with First Nations communities. Liz recently collaborated with Senior Jaara Cultural Custodian Uncle Rick Nelson to co-curate ‘Boorp Boorp Boondyil – Passing Knowledge to ourChildren’, an exciting, permanent and large-scale interactive exhibition of Jaara cultural content, produced in a collaboration between SharingStories, the Jaara Community and Mount Alexander Shire Council. In 2021 Liz was Winner of the Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Award and recipient of the Judges Award for Innovation for her work at SharingStories. . 

Liz directed and wrote Breaking Bows and Arrows, for SBS, a documentary following reconciliation ceremonies in Bougainville after the civil war. The film won the United Nations Australian Media Peace Award for Best Television, The AIBD World Award for the promotion of conflict resolution and the Grand Jury Award at the 3rd International Festival of Oceania Documentary Film (FIFO). She wrote, directed and co-produced The Last Magician, filmed in the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea, nominated for four AFI Awards including Best Documentary and Best Direction. She also directed Cave in the Snow, a documentary exploring the life and work of British born Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo and gender inequity in religious organisations. The film won the APRA/AGSC Award for Best Documentary Soundtrack by composer Felicity Wilcox.

Liz has collaborated on over thirty books.  Sharing Our Stories, a series of fourteen books, created in collaboration with First Nations communities in Australia, won the 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and Best Primary Teaching and Learning Package.  Living with the Land – Bush Tucker and Medicine, is a series of four books created with the Ndjebbana, Nyikina, Jawoyn and Ngaangyatjarra communities. Fighting for Survival is a series of seven books  of which ‘The Ngaanyatjarra of the Gibson Desert’ title  was nominated for ‘The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing’ and ‘The Children’s Book Council’s Information Book of the Year Award’. The Promised Land, a photographic essay, looks at the experience of the West Papuan people in the face of Indonesian rule.

Liz has published feature articles and photography in Australian Geographic, GEO, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend Magazine, The Independent, Art Review and numerous other national and international publications. She has produced radio features for ABC Radio National, Radio Australia and BBC World Service as well as multi media content for ABC Online.

Liz has a Phd in Media Arts from La Trobe university. Her research was based on an exploration of creative practices that support self-sustainable, self-representational digital storytelling in a remote First Nations community setting in Australia.