Dr Donna Mcrae



Lecturer In Screen and Design


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Donna McRae completed a PhD entitled Projecting Phantasy: The Spectre in Cinema at Monash University in 2012. Her first feature film, Johnny Ghost, (2012) has been selected into numerous film festivals here and overseas, winning 7 awards including Best Female Director, Best Feature and Special Jury Prize. The film has North American distribution with Continuum Pictures, and local distribution with Titan View.
Donna completed the postgraduate filmmaking course at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003 and her student projects have enjoyed success in both local and international film festivals. She has also completed an MFA at Monash University and presented three-channel video installations in Melbourne galleries and overseas after receiving a “New Work” grant from the Australia Council in 2007.
Donna is currently working on several other feature film projects, including a ghostly revisionist version of the life of Ned Kelly’s sister Kate, and a “Women in Horror” anthology project with four other directors interested in presenting female contributions to the horror genre. 
She has also collaborated with visual artist Michael Vale since 2002, principally on the feature film project Le Chien qui Fume (currently in development with Screen Australia & Film Victoria support). They have also made several short films & videos together culminating in a film award from Asolo Film Festival, Italy, for best film on art, and worked with installation art (The Innocents Westspace, Melbourne 2011).
She currently works as a Lecturer in Film & TV at Deakin University, Melbourne.

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Career highlights

Johnny Ghost -

Special Jury Prize, Hamilton International Film festival, Canada 2013

Best Female Director, Berlin Independent Film festival, 2013

Film with Most Heart, Pollygrind Film festival. Las Vegas, 2012
Best Feature, South Texas Underground Film Festival 2012
Special Jury Prize, Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2012
Best Screenplay, Melbourne Underground Film Festival, 2012
Best Editing, Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection, Portobello Film Festival, London, 2012
Official Selection, Portugal Underground Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection, Stranger with My Face Women in Horror Film Festival,2013
Official Selection, RxSM Film Expo, Austin, Texas, 2013
Official Selection, KIlof Film Festival, Poland, 2013
Official Selection, No/Gloss Film Festival. Leeds 2013

Research interests

ghosts, memory, Australian female Gothic

Units taught

screenwriting, Australian national cinema

Knowledge areas

Cinema Ghosts, Horror 


Cobby - feature documentary (In production)

Le Chien qui Fume - A Smokey Life (with Dr Michael Vale) feature film (development)

Untitled Horror Anthology - feature film i(n development)

Kate Kelly  - feature film - (in development)

California - video installation (preproduction)


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The Cutopia Paradox: anthropomorphism as entertainment

Michael Vale, Dr Donna Mcrae

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 128-143, Ecozon@ : European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, Alcalá de Henares, Spain, C1



Dr Donna Mcrae

(2015), Windsor, Vic., J2


Make believe it's nothing

Dr Donna Mcrae

(2014), Melbourne, Vic., J2


Johnny Ghost

Dr Donna Mcrae

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., J1


All mine

Dr Donna Mcrae, Michael Vale

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., J2



Industry and Other Funding

Cobby - The Dark Side of Cute

Dr Donna Mcrae

  • 2015: $10,686


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