Dr Simon Weaving

Dr Simon Weaving

Lecturer - Communication

School of Creative Industries

Career Summary

Biography

Simon Weaving is a Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Newcastle with research interests in film production and distribution, narrative theory, Australian cinema, screenwriting, and the way that film genre is used to create meaning by those involved in the production, distribution and consumption of cinema.

A filmmaker, writer, festival director, film critic and commentator, Simon was Director of the Canberra International Film Festival from 2009-2012, Founder and Co-Director of the Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival held annually in Australia’s National Capital each July, and currently curates the Winter Film Series at the National Gallery of Australia. 

Simon has made a number of award-winning short films, including Waiting For Robbo (2011) that had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and which won Best Film at the Canberra Short Film Festival the same year. Twice a Tropfest finalist, and runner-up in AD:05 (the national Art of Documentary competition), Simon wrote and directed the feature film The Competition in 2014.  

Simon is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association, the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI), and was a founding member of the ACT Screen Industry Association (ACTSIA), serving on its Advisory Committee from 2010 until 2014. He was the lead film critic for The Canberra Times from 2004-2014 and appeared regularly on 666ABC Radio commentating on cinema. 

Prior to his work in the film industry Simon worked as a management consultant for a number of leading international consulting firms. He lived and worked across the Asia-Pacific region, including the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea (where he won an international award whilst working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers), as well as Fiji, Singapore and Indonesia, where he worked with organizational development theorist Professor Elliott Jacques. He also consulted to the NSW Ministry for the Arts, in projects involving regional theatre, the Crafts Council of NSW and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and worked with many of Australia’s leading theatre companies as a producer (in 1990 he produced Magpie Theatre Company’s Adelaide Festival hit Funerals & Circuses, starring Paul Kelly, and co-produced the accompanying album). His time as a management consultant left Simon with an abiding interest in systems theory, human motivation and the integrative power of communication. 




Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Canberra
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Technology Sydney

Keywords

  • Australian Film Industry
  • Cinema
  • Media Production
  • communications
  • creative industries
  • genre

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200212 Screen and Media Culture 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer - Communication University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia
Lecturer - Communication University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Weaving SHB, 'No walk into paradise: the Australian film industry in the 1950s', Refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Creating Space in the Fifth Estate, Newcastle, N.S.W. (2016) [E1]
2016 Weaving SHB, 'Rethinking genre theory for screenwriting practice: using Mikhail Bakhtin¿s theory of discourse', ASPERA Annual Conference Refereed Proceedings 2016, Canberra, A.C.T. (2016) [E1]

Creative Work (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Weaving SHB, Kingsland D, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2018, Palace Electric Cinemas, Canberra (2018)
2018 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2018, National Gallery of Australia (2018)
2017 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2017, National Gallery of Austalia, Canberra, ACT (2017)
2016 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2016, National Gallery of Australia (2016)
2016 Weaving SHB, Kingsland D, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2016, Palace Electric Cinemas (2016)
2015 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2015, National Gallery of Australia (2015)
2015 Weaving SHB, Kingsland D, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2015, Palace Electric Cinemas (2015)
2014 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2014, National Gallery of Australia (2014)
2014 Weaving SHB, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2014, Palace Electric Cinemas (2014)
2014 Weaving SHB, The Competition, Australia (2014)
2014 Weaving SHB, Burnt (2014)
2013 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2013, National Gallery of Australia (2013)
2013 Weaving SHB, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2013, Palace Electric Cinemas (2013)
2012 Weaving SHB, Waiting For Robbo, World premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (Court Metrage) (2012)
2011 Hunter J, Weaving SHB, Tinman (2011)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $46,447

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20182 grants / $17,000

Cinema Industry Research Network$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team

Associate Professor Craig Hight and Dr Simon Weaving

Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects (SNaPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

11th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference, Italy, 13 - 15 September 2018$2,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme FEDUA Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20172 grants / $11,000

RAPID Project - VR filmmaking$10,000

Funding body: School of Creative Industries

Funding body School of Creative Industries
Project Team

Simon Weaving, Una Rey, Andy Gallagher

Scheme RAPID
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

10th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference, New Zealand, September 2017$1,000

Funding body: FEDUA, University of Newcastle

Funding body FEDUA, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Simon Weaving

Scheme FEDUA Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20162 grants / $18,447

NGA Cinema Project$16,447

Funding body: National Gallery of Australia

Funding body National Gallery of Australia
Project Team Doctor Simon Weaving, Mr Edith Young
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1501374
Type Of Funding C2120 - Aust Commonwealth - Other
Category 2120
UON Y

9th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference, UK, September 2016$2,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Simon Weaving

Scheme FEDUA Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Newcastle's Creative Industries: Investigating Performing Arts Professional and Non-Professional Creative Economies With an Emphasis on Theatre PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Evolution of Contemporary Art in a Hybrid Sri Lankan Culture PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Reimagining the Australian dream: What is the role of the 21st century artist in challenging postcolonial frameworks? PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Cinema Audience Testing research project 2017 - 2019

Re-imagining the audience testing process for cinema

Whilst filmmakers intuitively believe that the movie experience must be emotionally engaging, audience testing of movies in the continues to follow traditional approaches involving questionnaires and focus groups with insights mainly at the level of overall movie satisfaction. Working with Dr. Marc Adam and RHD student Sandra Pelzer, Dr. Simon Weaving developed a theoretical framework for how the idea of the cinematic moment can support an improved test screening process for filmmakers, providing feedback for decisions about what narrative material is shown to the audience, what sequence it is to be ordered, and what emotional value it must carry. The project also involves the initial testing of the model using a commercially orientated 25-minute film in post-production, supported by interviews with industry practitioners.


Cinema Industry Research Network 2017 - 2018

Dr Simon Weaving and Dr Craig Hight are working with leaders of the Australian Cinema Industry to research current issues in cinema distribution and exhibition. Supported by a FEDUA (UoN) SNaPP Grant and involving an RhD student as a Research Assistant, the research examines the changes occurring in the industry as a result the emergence of online streaming services. In 2017, Simon and Craig produced a discussion paper for industry that suggested a critical need for a renewed understanding of the audience experience of cinema-going and the way it differs from the home-viewing experience.

The project is ongoing and aims to create a joint industry-university research agenda. 


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Dr Simon Weaving

Position

Lecturer - Communication
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email simon.weaving@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 43494591
Link Personal webpage
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