Study Guides

Classroom activities and teacher notes
for films, TV programs and online material


Since 2003 I have written about 200 educational items for Film Australia and Screen Australia, the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) and various publishers and producers.

Study guides for 2019

Study guides for 2019 are listed below, in order of the most recent.

Storm in a Teacup: documentary about an Australian artist whose wife and business partner has Alzheimer's disease.

China's Artful Dissident: documentary about Badiucao, Chinese dissident and political cartoonist now resident in Australia.

Turban Legend: documentary about the Gujral family of restaurant owners and organisors of grand hospitality events in Sydney, their Indian heritage and legacy, and their efforts to cater for both the traditional and the modern.

Gatwick - Last Chance Hotel: TV documentary about the history and eventual death of the famous, or infamous, hotel in St. Kilda, Melbourne, managed for almost 50 years by twin sisters Rose and Yvette.

 A brief selection of study guides pre-2019

A Very Rude Awakening: documentary about the Japanese midget submarine attack in Sydney Harbour during World War Two.

The Cambodian Space Project: TV documentary about a Cambodian singer-composer and her relationship with an expat Australian rock musician in contemporary, post Khmer Rouge Cambodia.

In Your Dreams: Series 2, 26-episode contemporary comedy-drama about the adventures of Aussie teenage brother and sister who find themselves living in a German castle.

Talking Language:  documentary series about reclaiming Indigenous Australian languages from extinction.

Our Little Secret:  documentary about sexually abused children.

The Boffin, the Builder and the Bombardier:  comedy and history-based documentary series.

Ten Bucks a Litre:  documentary about sustainability, renewable resources, hosted by Dick Smith.

Big Name No Blanket:  documentary about Australian band Warumpi, and its front man George Rrurrambu.

NEOMAD:  Australian Indigenous SF comic book and tablet app production.

The Sharp Edge:  documentary about Australian artist Martin Sharp

Satellite Boy:  Australian feature drama about Aboriginal boy, set in the Kimberleys.