Professor of Screen and Creative Arts, Macquarie University

Kathryn is a writer, academic and independent filmmaker. Psychology, mental health, popular fallacies and the afterlife of images are recurring themes in Kathryn’s body of work which spans award-winning feature dramas, documentaries and hybrids. 'Shock Room' (2015) Kathryn's forthcoming feature documentary re-stages and reinterprets Stanley Milgram's dramatic 'Obedience' to Authority' experiments. It was made via an ARC Discovery project. Kathryn's films have been selected for dozens of major festivals including Chicago, Sao Paulo, Mill Valley, Pordenone, Kolkata, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, screened at Brooklyn Art Museum and on the Sundance Channel. In 2014, Palgrave published Kathryn's monograph 'Screenwriting in a Digital Era'.


  • 1993–present
    Academic, Macquarie University


  • 1999 
    University of Technology, Sydney , Doctorate of Creative Arts
  • 1993 
    University of Technology, Sydney , M.A. (Applied History)


  • 2014
    Revisioning Obedience: Exploring the Role of Milgram's Skills as a Filmmaker in Bringing His Shocking Narrative to Life' , Journal of Social Issues
  • 2014
    Screenwriting in a Digital Era, Palgrave MacMillan
  • 2013
    A Screenwriter's Reality Hunger , Text
  • 2013
    Writing with Light: The Screenplay and Photography, Journal of Screenwriting
  • 2011
    The Window in the Laboratory: Stanley Milgram as Filmmaker, The Psychologist
  • 2009
    After the Typewriter: The Screenplay in a Digital Era , Journal of Screenwriting
  • 2006
    Beyond the Gospel of Story: Writing for the Screen, Scan

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Reinterpreting Milgram's Obedience Studies via Documentary Film
    Lead CI
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Film, Television And Digital Media (1902)
  • Performing Arts And Creative Writing (1904)