Dr Debra Beattie

Debra Beattie is an Australian filmmaker, writer and scholar.

As a filmmaker, she has produced and directed documentaries for over thirty years with diverse communities - Indigenous, Melanesian and Indonesian.

In the past decades she has acquitted millions of dollars in significant grants from Screen Queensland, Arts Queensland, Screen Australia and the Australian Research Council and from commissions through Toadshow, Wildfury, Look Films and Seven Emus Productions. As well as these time-based outputs, she has published scripts and articles in international journals, been invited to give public lectures and to judge film festivals. In 2001 she wrote and directed a pioneering web-based history documentary – The Wrong Crowd – for ABC online; in 2004 she worked as Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council project designing online counselling environments for adolescents.

Since 2006 she has been delivering documentary projects like Birds of a Feather in public places such as galleries, museums and libraries. Most recently she turned her attention to films on artists, researching and writing Fairweather Man for ABC TV (2008); and collaborated with Moreton Bay Council to produce the permanent Fairweather exhibit Away From It All at the Seaside Museum on Bribie Island. Debra is now writing and developing The Daphne Mayo Project. As with Fairweather Man, this will be a time-based creative arts research project delivered across a range of platforms, in both virtual and physical public places, and involve a network of stakeholders.

Her research contribution to the Centre in 2015 was in the field of scriptwriting and its place within the Academy as a form of practice-led research. In 2016 she hopes to be working with current HDR towards the development of a ‘proof of concept’ for The Daphne Mayo Project which will be research on a writing project towards its publication as screen-based digital content.

The most recent cinema documentary that she worked on was as Australian Associate Producer for Zen and the Art of Dying which screened at the Byron Bay International Film Festival in 2014 and was last year awarded at the Santa Fe International Film Festival, 2015)

See Debra Beattie’s CV for details of her film and digital outputs, industry experience, conference presentations and publications.



Multi-platform delivery
Cultural heritage


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