LizThompson is a photographer, writer, radio producer and documentary filmmaker.Liz recently completed Sharing Our Stories, a two part series of fourteen bookscreated in collaboration with indigenous communities in Australia. The booksbuilt around a traditional story from each community are illustrated bycommunity children and include extensive photographs and quotes. The series wonthe 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and BestPrimary Teaching and Learning Package.
Liz wrote,directed and co-produced The Last Magician, shot in the Trobriand Islands ofPapua New Guinea and nominated for four AFI Awards including Best Documentaryand Best Direction. She directed and wrote Breaking Bows and Arrows, for SBSTV, a documentary film following reconciliation ceremonies in Bouginvailleafter civil war. The film won the The United Nations Australian Media PeaceAward for Best Television, The AIBD World Award for the promotion of conflictresolution and the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd International Festival ofOceania Documentary Film (FIFO). She also directed Cave in the Snow, adocumentary exploring the life and work of British born Buddhist nun TenzinPalmo and gender inequity in religious organisations.
Liz haspublished feature articles and photography for Australian Geographic, GEO, TheAustralian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend Magazine, TheIndependent, Art Review and numerous other national and internationalpublications. She has produced radio features for ABC Radio National and RadioAustralia for over twenty years as well as multi media photographic and audiovisual content for ABC Online.
She has published over thirty books. Living with the Land is aseries of four educational books about indigenous food, medicine andrelationship with country in collaboration with senior members of fourindigenous Australian communities. Fighting for Survival - The NgaanyatjarraCommunity was nominated for ‘The Australian Awards for Excellence inEducational Publishing’ and ‘The Children’s Book Council’s Information Book ofthe Year Award’. The Promised Land, a photographic essay, looks at theexperience of the West Papuan people in the face of Indonesian rule. Liz isdirector of SharingStories, a digital storytelling project through whichIndigenous young people are taught how to use digital media to tell their ownstories. The program provides an online platform for sharing content and isdesigned to facilitate creative self representation, develop skills and buildbridges between young people from diverse social and cultural backgroundsthrough creative dialogue and storytelling.www.sharingstories.org.Liz is Director and CEO of SharingStories Foundation www.sharingstoriesfoundation.org which works to support culturalmaintenance projects and to facilitate self represenational media productionwith Indigenous Australians.
Liz has aPhd in Media Arts from La Trobe university. Her research was based on anexploration of best creative practice for supporting self sustainable, selfrepresentational digital storytelling in a remote Indigenous communitycontext.