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 2015

Study guides for 2015 are listed below, in order of the most recent.

Bespoke:  3-part documentary TV series about the rise of 'makers', individual crafts people, in a world of mass production.

Blood on the Coal:  full-length documentary film about the history of coal mining in Queensland.

Ruben Guthrie:  Australian feature film set in Sydney about the travails of an alcoholic, self-obsessed ad man.

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.

 A brief selection of study guides pre-2015

Canopy:  Australian feature film about fighter pilot shot down over Singapore during WW2.

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

Our Little Secret:  documentary about sexually abused children.

Growing Up Gayby:  documentary about children with single-sex parents.

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

Beyond Our Ken:  documentary about Ken Myers, leader of Kenja cult organisation.

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