Writer, director and producer Robert Connolly has been appointed Adjunct Professor (Media) at RMIT.
Mr Connolly is one of Australia's most highly-regarded writing, directing and producing talents, with credits including The Bank, The Boys, Three Dollars, Balibo, Underground: The Julian Assange Story and The Turning.
His work has been recognised with numerous awards for film direction, screenwriting and production, including BAFTA and Emmy nominations and Australian Film Institute awards.
The founder of Australian screen and multi-platform production company, arenamedia, Mr Connolly also recently established a new innovated distribution company, Cinemaplus.
Associate Professor Lisa French, Deputy Dean of Media, said the appointment was a great opportunity for the School of Media and Communication's screen related programs.
"He is the ideal practitioner to appoint because of his distinguished career, his intellectual contributions to his profession, his role as an innovator in his field, and his long history of service within industry and other contexts," she said.
"Mr Connolly is a pioneer of new ways of reaching audiences and designing audio-visual content.
"It is this combination of intellectual, creative and entrepreneurial achievement that will make the strongest contribution in our school's endeavours to lead industry, to be industry-relevant and a peak site of industry research, and to produce high calibre graduates."
Mr Connolly's one-year appointment will include opportunities for students and staff to engage with his work through public presentations at RMIT.
RMIT media graduates can be found throughout the media industries within Australia and around the world.
Situated in a purpose-designed building in the vibrant heart of Melbourne, the University's media programs take advantage of state-of-the-art learning facilities and equipment for film, television, radio, internet and convergent media production.