Dr Romaine Moreton

on set The Oysterman
Romaine Moreton on the set of her short film The Oysterman. (photography by Heidrun Lohr)

Dr Romaine Moreton is from the Goenpul Jagara people of Stradbroke Island and the Bundjulung people of northern New South Wales. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Western Sydney in 2007.

Her thesis, “The Right to Dream” proposes an Indigenous philosophy of storytelling and embodied knowledge. She was recently appointed to the position of Research Fellow/Filmmaker in Residence in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University where she is investigating the historical and international dimensions of Australian Indigenous filmmaking.

She is also currently working on a large scale, trans-media exhibition One Billion Beats, in collaboration with Campbelltown Arts Centre. This work reframes ethnographic material, and, through audience engagement, explores issues of contemporary transmedia storytelling and Indigenous cultural heritage preservation.

The Oysterman
The Oysterman – dir. Romaine Moreton, 2013 (photography by Heidrun Lohr)

Romaine is a celebrated poet and filmmaker. She has published over 100 poems, prose and short stories and two anthologies of her poetry, Poems from a Homeland (2012), Post Me to the Prime Minister (2004) and The Callused Stick of Wanting (1996). Her films Redreaming the Dark and Cherish were both selected for the fringe program at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998. A third film, A Walk With Words (2002), won the award for Best International Short Film at the World of Women Film Festival. She also wrote and directed the award-winning The Farm (2009), screened on ABC-TV in the “New Blak” series and The Oysterman (2013) to be broadcast in 2014 as pat of the “Flashblack” series. Her transmedia work has been the subject of 14 works of criticism and a PhD thesis. In addition to performance work, she has been an invited speaker in university research seminars and conferences in Norway, New Zealand, Canada, UK, Italy and France. For more information on her work, see



The Farm
The Farm – dir. Romaine Moreton, 2011 (Photography by Mark Rogers)