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Alec Morgan has a PhD in media and communications from Macquarie University and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies. His major research project Visual Songlines: Contemporary Aboriginal filmmakers, cultural transference and their links to traditional Indigenous knowledge systems investigated how Aboriginal filmmakers contributed towards the re-building of the fragile “invisible” pathway of interconnected cultural laws, customs and history that traditionally bonded Aboriginal people across Australia which was traumatically disrupted by the arrival of Europeans.


He is also a filmmaker whose credits include Lousy Little Sixpence,a seminal film about the Stolen Generations, Admission Impossible that explored the secret history of the White Australia Policy and the hybrid feature Hunt Angels, about early Australian film mavericks Rupert Kathner and Alma Brooks. Alec’s screen awards include three ACCTA awards, Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary, Chicago Festival Gold Plaque, three ATOM awards, the FHAANZ Joan Long Award for Contribution to Australian Film history, Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Film Festival. His films have been selected for over 50 international film festivals including London, Rotterdam, Moscow and Oberhausen and prestigious ethnographic film festivals: dei Popoli, Margaret Mead, Nyon and Cinema du Reel and have been seen on television and cinemas globally.


Alec has extensive experience in teaching scriptwriting and screen production and has written articles on those topics.  He has over 25 years experience as a practice-led researcher investigating the material content of Australian film and television archive collections, including NFSA, ABC TV, SBS, AIATSIS and commercial broadcasters. During this time, he has been actively involved in the repatriation of archival film to Indigenous communities for identification and use in education. He recently completed his MQRF major project 'Ablaze', a feature documentary about the search for the ‘lost films’ made by Tiriki Onus's Indigenous grandfather, the cultural activist, Bill Onus.


Research engagement

His latest research project is 'Behind the White Curtian: Race,disability, performance and the Austrlaian identity' 1901-1975

Education/Academic qualification

Media and Communications, Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University

10 Jan 200810 Oct 2012

Award Date: 12 Sep 2013

Media and Communications, Master of Arts, Macquarie University

5 Jan 20035 May 2005

Award Date: 14 Sep 2006


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