Issue 12
Monday, 31 July 2017
Charles Darwin University
Judges and lecturers Greg Docwra and Dr Aurora Scheelings. Photo: Julianne Osborne
Judges and lecturers Greg Docwra and Dr Aurora Scheelings. Photo: Julianne Osborne

Judges consider tough cases

By Andrew Hall

Media lecturers Greg Docwra and Dr Aurora Scheelings have watched more than 40 hours of films while judging two major national film and television awards.

Mr Docwra is a judge for the pre-eminent Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards – the antipodean equivalent of the Oscars, which he won himself in 2008. Dr Scheelings has judged the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards since 2012.

“The ATOMs recognise films for their educational merit, originality and craft, while the AACTAs are Australia’s highest industry accolade for achievement in the film and television arts,” said Dr Scheelings, who coordinates the Screen and New Media courses at CDU.

The finalists will be announced on 7 August and 6 September respectively, with ceremonies held later in the year. A judges’ vow of silence is in place until then.

“It’s good that CDU is represented on the judging panels of Australia’s most recognised film awards. It gives us visibility in the national film industry landscape,” Dr Scheelings said.

This visibility is strengthened by the Northern Territory Government’s recent appointment of Dr Scheelings to the Screen Territory Advisory Panel, where she will make recommendations for the distribution of grant funding – $9 million is pledged to the NT screen industry over four years.

Mr Docwra said his and Dr Scheelings’ combined experience as industry practitioners and judges at the highest levels was a real asset to their teaching and to the industry in the Territory.

“We’re able to share not only the knowledge and skills we’ve gained from our own practice, but also as judges, we’re able to instil in students that critical perspective needed in relation to their own and others’ work,” he said.