Richard comes to Griffith University with more than 25 years of industry experience.
His experience includes 10 years working on Channel 4 News as Producer and Foreign News Editor in the United Kingdom. While there he won an RTS Award for a short film on the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.
Richard has also made a number of documentaries for broadcasters including Channel 4, CNN and RTS.
His first long form film, Young Nazi and Proud, won a BAFTA, an Indie Award and was shortlisted for an RTS and Grierson Award. In Australia Richard has worked principally for Andrew Denton’s production company, Zapruder’s other films, but has produced programs for a range of broadcasters, including the ABC, SBS, Channel Seven, Channel Ten and The Comedy Channel.
Richard says although familiar with the Griffith Film School and its reputation is was the unique nature of LiveLab that attracted him to the role.
“To come into the film school with no academic background and be part of the industry yet within the university is a rare opportunity and I’m very excited by it,” Richard says.
“To the best of my knowledge LiveLab is the only in-house production unit of its kind in Australia, providing practical experience for students to work and train alongside industry professionals. It’s amazing to see.”
Throughout his career Richard has worked with and mentored a lot of early career professionals and has been really impressed by the quality of the work they can produce.
He says he finds it exciting to be around young professionals.
“They keep you on your toes and question how you do what you do. They have ability and passion, and come with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.”
New era for LiveLab
“It’s remarkable what LiveLab has already done; however, being the largest film school in the country, with outstanding equipment, there’s no limit to what LiveLab can achieve and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I plan for LiveLab to be regarded as a genuine equal player in the production world, with work produced on par with other professional production companies,” Richard says.
Master of Screen Production at Griffith UniversityIn the Master of Screen Production, you will undertake practical work, integrated with screenings and discussions that will place your learning in a craft and creative context. The degree includes a strong collaborative component, which will help you develop a sound understanding of how your specialist role fits into the production process. You will learn through a problem-based curriculum, active learning in small groups and practical work placements that give you an opportunity to combine theory and practice.
Program: Master of Screen Production
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years
Admission requirementsApplicants for this program must have
- a bachelor degree in Screen Production (or equivalent) from a recognised university; or Graduate Certificate in Screen Production and
- a portfolio of professional work, which may include documented professional experience or other evidence indicating the applicant’s capacity to undertake and benefit from the program, for example, screenwriting samples, films (submitted on DVD), production experiences.