Respected filmmaker and film historian John Hughes has been appointed Adjunct Professor (Media) at RMIT University.
An independent producer, writer and director for film, television and online media, Adjunct Professor Hughes’ work has engaged with Australian cultural and political history and issues over a number of decades.
His documentary output is formally innovative and research driven, with Australian labour history, native title and Indigenous rights prominent among his films.
Associate Professor Lisa French, Deputy Dean (Media) in the School of Media and Communication, said the selection of John Hughes as Adjunct Professor was a recognition not only of his significant industry expertise but also of his academic writing.
“He is a person who has willingly given his time in both industry and academic contexts, and recently has been making a valuable contribution to the Screen Cultures Research Group within the School,” she said.
As a producer and director for television, Adjunct Professor Hughes’ works include a number of projects made with cultural commentator, writer and presenter Betty Churcher AO (Take Five, 1998, ABC; Hidden Treasures series 1 NGA: 2005, Hidden Treasures series 2: NLA 2008 ABC; The Art of War 2007 SBS; John Olson: An Unstoppable Force 2008 ABC1).
He has held a range of significant industry positions, including Commissioning Editor for television at SBS Independent (1999-2001).
Adjunct Professor Hughes’ professional practice has also taken an interest in works for gallery settings, with his video and film work presented at the ICA London, ARC Art Museum Paris, Biennale of Sydney, Ewing Gallery, University of Melbourne and ACMI Melbourne.
During his appointment at RMIT, Adjunct Professor Hughes will provide academic and industry leadership, participate in a combination of public events, deliver lectures and mentor undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The honorary appointment is for three years until February 2018.
For interviews: Associate Professor Lisa French, (03) 9925 3026 or 0407 682 341.
For general media enquiries: Wendy Little, (03) 9925 3393 or 0418 137 697.