Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Professor Kathryn Millard

Professor of Screen and Creative Arts

Professor Kathryn Millard

Office: Y3A 252
Phone: (02) 9850 2253
Undergraduate Teaching: MAS202
Postgraduate Teaching: MECO700, MECO830, MECO851


Kathryn Millard is a writer, filmmaker and research leader with a passion for big ideas. Her films are internationally recognised and much awarded. Psychology, history and the afterlife of images are recurring themes in her body of work across screen, radio and print. Most recently, her dramatised documentary Shock Room (2015), the major output of an Australian Research Council Discovery award, won 'Best Australian Documentary' at the Antennae Documentary Film Festival. 'In terms of being a riveting seventy minutes that explores the dark side of human nature...Kathryn Millard's excellent direction of dramatic re-enactments drew us into the many uncomfortable scenes that put us in the position to ponder - when would we stand up and just say NO!" Antenna Documentary Film Festival Jury. Kathryn is currently developing further projects on landmark experiments in collaboration with social psychologists.

Other major long-form credits as writer and director include The Boot Cake (2008); Travelling Light (2003); Parklands (1996) and Light Years (1991). Kathryn's scripts-across drama and documentary, features and public broadcast-have received multiple Australian Film Institute and AWGIE (Australian Writers' Guild) nominations. Her features have won AFI Awards for 'Best Supporting Actress' and 'Best Cinematography' while Parklands introduced Cate Blanchett in her first leading role in film. Her films have been invited to dozens of major international film festivals and venues.

In 2014 Palgrave published Kathryn's book Screenwriting in a Digital Era. 'Brilliant ... the first truly international survey to look beyond Hollywood for its rich and varied inspiration ... Millard finds the "seeds of the new" everywhere in the experiments of the past ... A book for the future of cinema and all screen media,' wrote film critic Adrian Martin (Goethe University).

Extensive archival research has underpinned much of Kathryn's work. She has been invited to present films and talks at cinema history gatherings including Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Cineteca di Bologna and Charlot 100 (celebrating the centenary of Chaplin's Tramp). In March 2017, she presented a keynote on the history of colour film in Australia for the Colour Group's 'Colour and Film Conference' in London.

Kathryn has been awarded six writing fellowships (in both screenwriting and nonfiction) by Varuna Writers' Centre/the Eleanor Dark Foundation, Screen NSW, the Tyrone Guthrie Foundation (Ireland) and the National Film and Sound Archive. In 2012 she was Visiting Fellow in Film Studies at Yale University.

Alongside her work as a screenwriter, producer and director, Kathryn has written extensively for print and radio and collaborated on award-winning film and theatre projects as a script editor and dramaturg. Her essays have been published in journals and magazines including: RealTime; Island; Art Monthly; Wet Ink, The Conversation and Theatre Forum. A former Series Editor for Palgrave's Screenplay Studies, Kathryn is now a member of its Advisory Board. Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Screen South, the ABC, SBS, the Australia Council and the Australian Research Council are just some of the organisations who have invested in her work. Kathryn has been appointed a member of the ARC College of Experts for 2018-20.

She holds an MA in Applied History and a Doctorate of Creative Arts from University of Technology, Sydney.

Selected Publications and Productions

A list of Kathryn's publications can be found at the Macquarie University Research Portal.