Ms Helen Carter


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences North (SSN-310)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Helen Carter is an award-winning, masters-educated, cinematographer with 20 years' experience in the film and television industry. She has been recognised by her peers, winning eight awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society as well as numerous awards from the AFTRS, Kodak and the Sydney Film Critics Circle. Helen began her film career as a clapper loader on television series and went on to work on many documentaries, commercials, short dramas and feature length films. She is a graduate from the AFTRS, receiving the highest achievement in her year. Helen is currently researching a PhD on cinematography in Australia.


2001-03      Master of Arts in Cinematography at the Australian Film TV and Radio School. Awarded AFTRS Cinematographer of the Year, 2002

1986-88      Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama, Film and TV Production and Psychology at Flinders University

Honours, awards and grants

2023 College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching - Screen Team

2023 College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Award for Innovation in Teaching.

How does a Cinematographer Begin a Project?

Winner AIMA shipwreck photography competition 2012

AFTRS 2002 Highest Achievement in Cinematography

Humanities and Creative Arts, Creative Reserach Fund grant 2014

Finalist 2017 Winnovation awards

Mindshare Creative Writing Award winner 2017

SA Primary School category winner in the Anzac Day Schools Award.

Key responsibilities

Lecturer at Flinders University in Screen Production. Responsible for writing and teaching curriculum to undergraduate, honours and Post Graduate students with a particular emphasis in skill acquisition.

Teaching interests

Production Techniques
16mm camera techniques

Topic coordinator
SCME1070 Screen Production Techniques 1
SCME1060 Screen Production Techniques A
SCME1071 Screen Produciton Techniques 2
SCME3060 Screen Production Techniques C
SCME3100 SCME3100 Screen and Media Practicum
Topic lecturer
SCME3072 Screen Production Techniques 9
Further information

Instagram @helcat23

Making of DHU video:

John and Mary virtual production in The VOID

Second camera on Under a Pagan Sky Screened on ABC TV 20/06/21

Short Film - Love 2.0

An excerpt from Our World War 1 can be found here:

Short doco - HMCS Protector

Short Doco - Creative Micro-Computing

Web series - Stay At Home Dad

Seeking Light - bio pic

Link to AFTRS films