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', ANZCA Conference Proceedings 2016 (2016) [E1]
2016 Weaving SHB, 'Rethinking genre theory for screenwriting practice: using Mikhail Bakhtin¿s theory of discourse', ASPERA Annual Conference Refereed Proceedings 2016 (2016) [E1]

Creative Work (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2017, Canberra, ACT (2017)
2016 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2016 (2016)
2016 Weaving SHB, Kingsland D, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2016 (2016)
2015 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2015 (2015)
2015 Weaving SHB, Kingsland D, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2015 (2015)
2014 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2014 (2014)
2014 Weaving SHB, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2014 (2014)
2014 Weaving SHB, The Competition (2014)
2014 Weaving SHB, Burnt (2014)
2013 Weaving SHB, Winter Film Series 2013 (2013)
2013 Weaving SHB, Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2013 (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 1
Total funding $10,000

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20161 grants / $10,000

NGA Cinema Project$10,000

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 2016
GNo G1501374
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.4

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
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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Dr Simon Weaving

Position

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

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