Dr Aurora Scheelings is a documentary filmmaker with national and international broadcast credits (ABC, SBS, RTE, Al Jazeera, UK History Channel, Sky Arts 2). Aurora has worked as a freelance director/camera operator, an independent documentary filmmaker on broadcast commissioned films as well as an in-house documentary producer for Australian public broadcasting with the SBS TV and a researcher/producer for ABC TV. Since 2011, Aurora has taken on broader screen industry roles as a film judge in local Australian film festivals and national awards, and local Government appointed roles as Screen Industry Advisor and Grants Assessor for Screen NT.
She has also worked across Asia with NGOs teaching film production for the empowerment of local communities. Service to community through creative screen practice is a key aspect of Aurora’s filmmaking as well as teaching ethos and she is currently researching into participatory media for social change. Areas of expertise are documentary film, screen production, screen aesthetics (fiction and non-fiction), screenwriting, screen history and emerging screen practices. Aurora has taught film and television production to University students for over a decade and is the Lecturer in Screen Media Production at USC.
Awards and Fellowships
- VC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning CDU, 2017
Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students
- Screen production practice-led research
- Documentary film
- Participatory media practices
- Oral history
- Radio documentary
- documentary film
- screen industry practice
- film and television
- Screen Media
- Screen Production
- Documentary Film
- Screen Aesthetics
Aurora's specialist areas of knowledge include documentary film (ethics, history, criticism, emerging trends), film and tv practice and screen industry craft.