Ms Helen Carter


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Sturt North Wing (N333)
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. Her film-making passion lies in the area of documentary. In 2011, Helen shot her first feature film, Double Happiness Uranium. 

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
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.

Academic Coordinator, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) in Hong Kong, CUHK.

Research interests

Publication: the Transition by Emerging Filmmakers From the Short Film to the Longer Format Feature Film or TV Project (2017) in Arts and Humanities as Higher Education.

Discovering Agnes Varda; published by AFC website, Senses of Cinema online journal

Gillian Armstrong; published by AFC website, Senses of Cinema online journal

Screen and Shipwrecks: Bridging the Divide. Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage in Manilla. Refereed conference proceedings published by the Museum of Underwater Arcaheology at

Our World War 1: remembering Mitcham Camp - Trove

The Climate Reality Project

Australia: Unlikely Activists - Cinematographer

Link to AFTRS films

Teaching interests
Underwater Camera
Production Techniques
Natural History Film-Making
Archaeology on Screen
Topic coordinator
SCME8001 Screen and Media Production 1
SCME1070 Screen Production Techniques 1
SCME1071 Screen Production Techniques 2
SCME7053 Honours Production 6: advanced camera
SCME8002 Screen and Media Production 2
SCME8003 Screen and Media Production 3: minor project
SCME9001 Screen and Media Production: Major Project
SCME1060 Screen Production Techniques A
Further information

Instagram @helcat23

Making of DHU video:

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