Dr Romaine Moreton is Goenpul Yagera of Stradbroke Island and Bundjulung of northern New South Wales. She is an internationally recognised writer of poetry, prose and film. While a Research Fellow Filmmaker in Residence at Monash, she completed the powerful transmedia work One Billion Beats, that examined the historical representation of Aboriginal people in Australian cinema. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle and worked on a project about Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property. With Dr Lou Bennett, Romaine has been working closely with AFTRS over the last two years on a first-of-its-kind Indigenous Curriculum for screen and broadcast, focussed through the lens of ethics and aesthetics.
Dr Moreton is responsible for leading the design and implementation of the School’s First Nations and Outreach strategy, to ensure that AFTRS is continuing the work of the previous Head of Indigenous, Kyas Hepworth (née Sherriff), and meaningfully embedding First Nations culture in all that the School does, internally and externally, and that AFTRS takes a leadership position as a hub of excellence in learning that is safe, inclusive and accessible to people from all across Australia.