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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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Field and Studio Sound Equipment Systems

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


Project: Research

Research Outputs

  • The Skin of Others

    Murray, T., 10 Jun 2020

    Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual products

  • 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 journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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/WebsiteArticle

    Open Access
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    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/WebsiteArticle

    Open Access
  • Prizes

  • Max Crawford Medal

    Tom Murray (Recipient), 21 Nov 2014


  • New York Festivals Radio Awards

    Tom Murray (Recipient), 24 Jun 2019


  • NSW Premier's History Award

    Tom Murray (Recipient), 15 Aug 2004


  • Press / Media

    Sydney Film Festival spotlights history and history-making

    Tom Murray


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Making History with Tom Murray

    Tom Murray


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    End of Life - Dying to Know Day

    Tom Murray


    3 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities