Staff profile - Simon Wilmot

Mr Simon Wilmot

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517665 +61 3 92517665
Email: simon.wilmot@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University, 1984
  • Master of Arts, La Trobe University, 2000


Academic

Teaching Interests

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.


Research

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.


Research interests

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


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