Media, Film and Journalism production lecturer William (Billy) Head was awarded at the 35th Australian Teachers of Media Award (ATOM Awards) at a ceremony held in Melbourne last Thursday. This national award recognised Billy’s video direction of a series of observational, day-in-the-life documentaries about workers from the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste who have come to work in Australian Aid's Seasonal Worker Programme. Created for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade throughout 2016/17 as an induction tool for new participant workers, the series of films won the Best Instructional/Training Video or Website (Tertiary/General) category.
The series of four films follow seasonal workers from across the Pacific. The films demonstrate the realities of life as a seasonal worker in various horticultural settings at any number of rural locations across Australia. Included are the voices and perspectives of workers from Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Timor-Leste. The series has been shown on television in a number of sending countries and is also being used as resource in information and training sessions for people contemplating coming to Australia to work as part of the scheme.
2017 is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the ATOM Awards, which recognise excellence in the arenas of film, television, animation and new media. Since 1982, the ATOM Awards have been celebrating the best of Australian and New Zealand screen content from the education sector and screen industry professionals.
The ATOM Award was shared with the films’ producer, and Billy’s regular film collaborator Philippa Campey of highly awarded independent production company Film Camp.
Billy coordinates and lectures in Video-Making as Research, and Screen Project – From Film Theory to Digital Video Practice through Film and Screen Studies in the School of Media, Film and Journalism.
More information can be found at the ATOM Awards announcement page.
Links to the videos themselves can be found here.