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Thwaites, Asst. Prof. Susan

susan thwaites

Assistant Professor, Media Arts & Production
Faculty of Arts & Design

Bldg, Floor & Room: 9, C5
Telephone: (02) 6201 5940
Facsimile: (02) 6201 5300


Susan Thwaites teaches units in Drama Production, Documentary Production, Screenwriting and Australian National Cinema.  Susan trained as a cinematographer at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and has worked in the film industry shooting drama, music clips and documentary.  Her cinematography work has gained AFI and ASC awards and nominations.  Susan is an assistant professor in Media Production and Screenwriting in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.  Her PhD practice led thesis is on adaptation, where she has adapted a novel by Rodney Hall into a feature length screenplay.  Susan wrote and directed the short film Bass Girl, which screened at the 2012 Canberra Short Film Festival, and was selected into the finalists for the ScreenACT Low Budget Feature POD.  She is an active member of the local film industry in Canberra and a judge on a number of short film festivals.

Areas of Teaching

  • Drama Production, Documentary Production, Screenwriting, Australian National Cinema

Research Interests

  • Screenwriting, Adaptation, Cinematography, Screen Studies


Qualifications Obtained

  • PhD Candidate, Australian National University, (Adaptation practice led research)
  • MA Writing (Thesis) University of Technology, Sydney (Narrative Fiction)
  • BA (Film & TV), Australian Film TV & Radio School (Major in Cinematography)
  • BA (Comm), University of Technology, Sydney (Film Production and Screen Studies majors)

Recent Publications

Thwaites S and Thomas T. Bass Girl , tcupfilms, Canberra, 2012

  • Thomas T. and Thwaites S “The Bass Girl Research Project”. (paper presented at the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association annual conference Perth, Queensland, July, 2012) in press.
  • Thomas T. and Thwaites S. “We want to make a film”, (paper presented at the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association annual conference, Perth Western Australia, July, 2011) in press.
  • Thomas T.  and Thwaites S. “The Creative Researcher in Search of Outputs”, Proceedings of 'Creativity: brain, mind, body', the 2011 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Annual Conference, Canberra 2011. 


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