Associate Professor Alison Wotherspoon

Academic Level D

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

After graduating from UNSW Alison worked in film and television at the BBC, Film Australia, ABC, and SBS, studied Producing at AFTRS and worked as an independent producer in Sydney before moving to Adelaide to teach Screen Production at Flinders University.

Alison continued to produce, write and direct while workign at Flinders and her creative work included evidence based documentaries on bullying research and best practice in Australia and in India as well as the series Asperger's and Bullying. Her educational resource Come into My World, about Alzheimer's was nominated for an ATOM award in 2009. Alison was the recipient of a C.A.S.S fellowship and taught internationally at Butler University, Indianapolis, CUHK (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of performing Arts in Prague).

Alison was President of ASPERA, is currently on the board of the Media Resource Centre, ASPERA, and is a corresponding member of CILECT.

After taking a voluntary redundancy in January 2019, Alison maintains her academic status with Flinders but has now returned to the film industry. She has since founded Shining Catalina Productions Pty Ltd with internationally acclaimed documentary director Anne Tsoulis and they currently have a feature length documentary in pre production and a TV series in development.

BA Dip ED Hons, UNSW
PhD Flinders University
Honours, awards and grants

Faculty of Health Sciences Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award 2009

Nominated for ATOM Award, Best Instructional/Training Resource, Come Into My World: How to interact with a Person who has Dementia, 2009

Examples of her work can be viewed at Vimeo

Key responsibilities

Teaching interests

Documentary, short drama, directing, 16mm filmmaking, producing, scriptwriting, marketing and distribution, creative research methods. Alison no longer teaches at Flinders University

Supervisory interests
Australian cinema
Creative arts
Creative research higher degree supervision
Education, screen production
Educational film production
Feature film
Feminist practice
Film industry history/policy
Indigenous filmmakers and documentary
Non-fiction film and television
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Scriptwriting, feature film (-1), Visual arts, digital media, 3D, convergence (-1)
Associate supervisor: adaptation, scriptwriting, teen novel (-1)
Associate supervisor: Feminist film (-1), French Women FIlm Directors (-1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Kathleen Dooley

School of Humanities and Creative Arts Award for Part-time Teaching - APR 2013

Expert for media contact
Alzheimer's disease
Bullying interventions
Cyber Bullying
Screen Production education and training pathways
Women in film and television
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Media expert
Media expertise
  • Aggression
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Bullying
  • Cinema
  • Film
  • Bullying interventions
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Screen Production education and training pathways
  • Women in film and television