Darcy Bonser



Bachelor of Contemporary Arts

Graduation year


Current position

Freelance editor and producer


Since graduating from Deakin, Aaron Sterns has had an impressive career as a full-time novelist and screenwriter. Having co-written the cult horror film, Wolf Creek 2, he's also penned the highly-acclaimed novel, Wolf Creek: Origin.

Interview with Aaron Sterns

My current employment is...
As a freelance editor and producer and I've just recently completed a seven month stint as Editor, Field Producer and Online Producer for the former ABC2 program, The Marngrook Footy Show. It's a live-to-air weekly football panel show that features news, game previews and tips, special guests and live music.

I was based at the Melbourne Gordon Street studios and worked full time editing all the content for the weekly broadcasts, which includes segments, news, match highlights and special guest clips to be used during interviews. I would also go out on location and produce and direct field segments here in Melbourne and interstate. I also managed the Marngrook website and social media sites for the program throughout the football season and during live shows.

The things I enjoy most about my employment are...
Creating content for broadcast, knowing it will be seen by a large number of people. I also enjoy the environment I work within and the talented individuals that I work alongside. I learn a great deal every day I go to work and therefore every day brings new challenges to achieve.

My career highlights to date are...
Being invited to join the Australian Paralympic Team and be a part of the Media Team at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. I was a Multimedia Coordinator based in the Athletes Village, producing, shooting and editing content for the team's Website, YouTube Channel and Social Media pages. The segments that we were producing were exclusive as there was extremely limited access to the media and camera crews in the Village.

To not only get the chance to march with the Australian Team and film the opening ceremony in front of ninety thousand people, but also to meet and work closely with some extremely inspiring paralympians, its clearly one of my greatest achievements in life and certainly in my working career.

In the future I plan to...
Continue working in all facets of broadcasting and media, exploring new areas and learning new things. Hopefully that work will take me right across Australia and overseas too.

I chose to study at Deakin because...
When I finished school, I didn't quite know what I wanted to do, but I knew it was going to be related to the arts. I chose to undertake my course at Deakin because it had a little bit of everything and covered a wide variety of the arts, from photography to filmmaking, animation to sound design. I thought that by the end through the experiences of doing the different subjects that I could identify what career path I wanted to take.

The things I enjoyed most about my time at Deakin were...
The flexibility in subjects and that you weren't limited to just filmmaking or just photography. I also enjoyed what being at Deakin meant, which at the time was the opportunity to work with a group of film and television students to produce our own television programs in the TV Studio which eventually helped me get to where I am today.

Unlike some other universities I'd visited, Deakin always felt quite welcoming and never intimidating which it can often feel leaving high school and starting university. I'd recommend Deakin for the wide variety of skills that you can learn within a certain course and their state of the art facilities.

My course helped my career...
In many ways. I really feel that going to university isn't just about completing your course and getting a degree, but its also the opportunity for you to meet similar like minded people who are interested in doing the same thing as you are. In this industry, to be able to team up with those people is priceless and I am still working with those people that I met at Deakin in my professional life.

I remember in my time at Deakin...
Being heavily involved with 'DeakinTV' which is a student run DUSA club which produced televisions shows that were made on campus for broadcast on Channel 31. It also offered opportunities to many Deakin students to work on productions and to get real-life experience for their resumes before they left university. One of the DeakinTV made programs we produced whilst I was studying, 'The Mutant Way' one two Antenna Awards for Outstanding Comedy Program and Outstanding Achievement in Technical Innovation.