Kathryn Millard is a filmmaker, essayist and academic with a passion for big ideas.
Her current project, the feature documentary Shock Room, breaks open Stanley Milgram's 'Obedience to Authority' experiment. Shock Room is funded via an Australian Research Council Discovery grant and made in collaboration with psychologists Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher.
Kathryn's monograph Screenwriting in a Digital Era (Palgrave, 2014) explores innovative writing practices.
In 2012, she was Visiting Fellow in Film Studies at Yale University. The National Film and Sound Archive, Varuna Writers' Centre, Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland) and the NSW Film and Television Office have awarded Kathryn fellowships and residencies.
Recent films include Random 8 (2012) a semi-improvised short feature and The Boot Cake (2008) an Australian Writers' Guild Award nominated feature-documentary about Chaplin imitators in India (recently invited to screen at Cinemateca Bolgna's festival dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Chaplin's Tramp, and at the Astra Film Festival in Romania)
Kathryn's other films include the Australian Film Institute award-winning feature dramas Travelling Light (2003) and Parklands (1996) with Cate Blanchett in her first film role, and the documentary Light Years (1992), about the work of Australian photographer Olive Cotton.
Her films have screened at dozens of major festivals around the globe and attracted significant support from the Australian Research Council, Screen Australia, the NSW Film and Television Office, SBS, SA Film Corporation and the Australia Council.
Kathryn is Professor of Film and Creative Arts. In 2013, she founded the Creative Ecologies Lab research space with colleagues from MMCCS.