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Screen researcher awarded national medal

Page last published: 11 Jun 2014

Dr Tom MurrayDr Tom Murray from the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies has been awarded the prestigious Australian Academy of Humanities 2014 Max Crawford Medal.

The biennial award, recognises outstanding achievement in the humanities by young Australian scholars currently engaged in research, and whose publications contribute towards an understanding of their discipline by the general public.

"The Crawford Medal is Australia's most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the Humanities. The award of this medal to Tom Murray is well-deserved recognition of the outstanding quality of his work and is evidence of the high standard of research undertaken in the Arts Faculty at Macquarie.", says Professor Catriona Mackenzie, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts.

Dr Murray has a PhD in media/history and his research and teaching has focused on screen directing, production, and writing. His screen works have won numerous Australian awards including the NSW Premier's Award for History, the Dendy Award for Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival, and the Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature. His work has also been selected for many international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, IDFA Amsterdam, and major festivals in London, Vancouver, Toronto, Palm Springs, Seoul, Taipei, Jakarta, Jerusalem and many more.

Tom has extensive experience in facilitating screen research and storytelling in indigenous communites in Australia and the Pacific, including for ABC TV/ScreenWest, The Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre in NE Arnhem Land, the Sharing Stories project across Australia, and for WorldView/PACMAS in the Pacific.

His ongoing research interests are in the capacity of screen media to open new ways of understanding in cross-cultural environments, and for screen narratives to investigate ideas of memory, history, colonialism and place.

The award will be formally conferred at the Annual Fellows' dinner on November 21. The Faculty of Arts congratulates Dr Tom Murray on this great recognition.