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Tom Murray is an academic and media producer who has worked in documentary production for over 20 years as a writer, director, and producer. His work has been selected for the world's most prestigious international film festivals, and won some of the highest accolades in the film and television industry.

Tom is recognised as one of Australia’s most distinguished screen production researchers, having won major screen industry awards, public recognition for scholarly work, university research awards and grants, and, in the Max Crawford Medal, the highest accolade for Humanities Research available to early career scholars in Australia. Through his work he has successfully communicated complex ideas in public-broadcast, gallery, festival, digital and web-based formats to millions of people, had popular and academic impact, and substantially enriched the cultural life of Australia.

Senior scholars have noted that ‘in the fields of history and media [Dr Murray] has made a globally exceptional contribution to public understanding both in Australia and across the world’ and is one of ‘Australia’s finest contemporary historical documentary makers’. ‘Dr Murray is one of the outstanding researchers in his generation'. Dr Murray's research provides 'a valuable discussion of the ethics of collecting knowledge, and the need to recognize the implicit obligations of reciprocity’.

Tom's work is deeply interdisciplinary and is interested in the history of colonialism, Indigenous culture, screen and audio production, documentary media, environmental history, ethics and reciprocity, embodied and affective knowledge, creative scholarship, and inter-cultural storytelling.

As a consultant to numerous state film funding agencies and international media organisations he has worked across Australia and the Pacific region to develop documentary and media skills and scholarship.


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university research Social Sciences
production process Social Sciences
social science Social Sciences
director Social Sciences
research practice Social Sciences
father Social Sciences
career Social Sciences
guild Social Sciences

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Projects 2013 2024

Field and Studio Sound Equipment Systems

Ellis, G., Millard, K., Knowles, J., Murray, J., Marynowsky, W., Pearlman, K., Barkat, I., Morgan, A., Ogilvie, J., Phelps, B., Bidault, M., Moore, D. R., Cooper, C., Burgess, N., Furduj, B., Mees, C. & O'Grady, P.


Project: Research

Screen Production Field System

Ellis, G., Millard, K., Delofski, M., Murray, J., Barkat, I., Knowles, J. & Long, J.


Project: Research

Research Outputs 2000 2019

Douglas Grant and Rudolf Marcuse: wartime encounters at the edge of art

Murray, T. & Howes, H., 13 May 2019, In : History and anthropology. 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Life History

How we tracked down the only known sculpture of a WWI Indigenous soldier

Murray, T. & Howes, H., 5 Jun 2019, The Conversation. Academic rigour, journalistic flair.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access
production process
teaching situation

Tracking down the only known sculpture of a WWI Indigenous soldier

Murray, T. & Howes, H., 6 Jun 2019, National Indigenous Television (NITV).

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access
World War I
Prisoners of War

Visual and screen-based research methodologies

Mees, C. & Murray, T., May 2019, Oxford research encyclopedia of education. Noblit, G. W. (ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, p. 1-24 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference bookResearchpeer-review

research practice
cultural studies
qualitative research


university research
social science

Max Crawford Medal

James Murray (Recipient), 21 Nov 2014



New York Festivals Radio Awards

James Murray (Recipient), 24 Jun 2019



NSW Premier's History Award

James Murray (Recipient), 15 Aug 2004



Press / Media

Making History with Tom Murray

James Murray


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

End of Life - Dying to Know Day

James Murray


3 media contributions

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Quest to Find the Genesis of the Lambton Worm

James Murray


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

From Dragons to Dreaming Serpents

James Murray


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Australians in war / Otherness / Incredible story of the 'Black Scotsman'

James Murray


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities