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|Area||School of Communication & Creative Arts|
|Phone||+61 3 925 17665|
|Role and profile||
Simon Wilmot is a documentary film-maker who has produced films for governments and corporations. He has also worked in television drama, Current Affairs, on TVCs and feature film production as a sound technician.
Simon has been teaching media production at Deakin since 1990 (when it was Rusden Media)
He has been a visiting lecturer at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Indraprastha College New Delhi University and Amity
University, New Delhi.
|Teaching responsibilities||Simon teaches film production and is the Course Co-ordinator of the Masters of Digital Film. He also runs international study experiences for film students such as study tours to India and the USA and opportunities for students to make films in international contexts.|
Simon is currently interested in making films about processes of memory and imagination in the construction of identity and a sense of belonging.
From 2003 to 2005 he produced, filmed and edited a documentary feature, 'Kotla Walks, performing locality.' The film engages with metropolitan meanings in India through wandering the streets, footpaths, courtyards, bedrooms and sitting rooms of the ‘urban village’ of Kotla Mubarakpur. Through focusing on the family of Sarita and Raman Bhardwaj, their friends, and, neighbours, it explores the ways in which the texture of urban spaces in woven into ideas of belonging, intimacy, friendship, ambition, and the desire to be ‘here’ but also somewhere else. In the process, it constitutes locality as a series of performances.
In 2012 he completed 'Sisters of the Sun' a film about the flows of time, language and culture on the volcanic plains of Western Victoria
|Current research projects||
Simon is currently working on several projects. These include: 'Lamalama Short', a collection of short documentaries about an Australian indigenous community's use of material collected about them in the 1920s, to remember the past and imagine a future. The project is funded through an ARC Linkage Grant.
'Reawakenings', a documentary about the reclamation and revival of the South Western Victorian Aboriginal languages.
|Service to the University,
discipline or community
|Simon has served as on Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority panels has been a member of the Melbourne International Film Festival short documentary selection panel, served as a Board Member of the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) and from 2009 to 2011 was the Executive Officer of the ATOM Awards. He has also been a judge on the factual TV categories of the Australian TV industry, Logie Awards.|
|Qualifications||BA, MA (La Trobe)|
|Research link||View Deakin associated research data|