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Dr Simon Wilmot



Associate Head Of School (International And Partnerships)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2020
Master of Arts, La Trobe University, 2000
Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University, 1984

+61 3 925 17665

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

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.

Units taught






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.


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Fiery creek. Connecting the catchment

S Wilmot

(2016), Hamilton, Vic., J1


World within no more

S Wilmot

(2013), Bendigo, Victoria, J1


Sisters of the sun

P West, S Wilmot

(2012), Melbourne, Vic, J1


Flows and catchments

D Armstrong, P Carter, R Drummond, D Joseph, J Keane, B Warren, P West, C Williams, S Wilmot

(2011), Warrnambool, Vic., J2


Documentary facts and lies

S Wilmot

(2007), pp. 1-7, Double dialogues, Canterbury, Vic., C1

journal article

Transformative learning in the hidden city : writing an interpretation plan at the Viengxai Field School in Northern Laos

J Wills, C Long, J Sweet, S Wilmot

(2007), pp. 1-12, ICOMOS 2007 : Extreme heritage : ICOMOS conference held at James Cook University, Cairns, 19-21 July 2007, Cairns, Qld, E1-1


Can multimedia meet tertiary educational needs better than the conventional lecture? A case study

G Andrewartha, S Wilmot

(2001), Vol. 17, pp. 1-20, Australasian journal of educational technology, Como, W.A., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Oral tradition, memory and social change: Indigenous participation in the curation and use of museum collections.

Dr Diane Hafner, EM/Prof Bruce Rigsby, Ms Lindy Allen, Ms Rosemary Wrench, Dr Simon Wilmot

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 1

  • 2008: $16,151
  • 2007: $9,120
  • 2006: $4,422

Other Public Sector Funding

Dancing Between Two Worlds. Citizenship, Well-being and Place: Diasporic Indian Creativity and Australian Identity

Dr Shaun McLeod, A/Prof Patrick West, Dr Simon Wilmot

  • 2019: $5,000


Principal Supervisor

Matthew Burns

Thesis entitled: Cinema and the Art of Dying

Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts


Liam Boswell Ward

Thesis entitled: Documenting The Hidden - 'Refugee A Recipe in Six Steps'

Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor

Trent Evan Griffiths

Thesis entitled: Documentary tensions and the Filmmaker in the Frame

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts


Robert Vincs

Thesis entitled: African Heart, Eastern Mind: The Transcendent Experience through Improvised Music

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts