Selection Team 2013

Team_ErminiaErminia Colucci (University of Melbourne)

Erminia Colucci’s fascination with cultures began during her undergraduate studies in Italy, continuing through her Postgraduate studies and fieldwork in Australia, Italy, U.K., India, Philippines and Japan. She uses photography and film-documentary to visually (re)present and share what she explores in her writing as a scholar in Cultural/Global mental health (The University of Melbourne). Her films and photos have been shown in Italy, Australia, Uruguay, Greece, Canada, U.K. and The Netherlands. Erminia is currently working on a photo/film-documentary project on human rights violations among the mentally ill in Indonesia, a collaboration with the Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology (University of Manchester, UK).



Selection_ThomasReuterThomas Reuter (Asia Institute)

Prof Thomas Reuter is a Future Fellow (Australian Research Council) at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. After obtaining his PhD from ANU in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University, held post-doctoral and QElI Fellowships at Melbourne, and a Research Fellowship at Monash University. He was President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002-2005) and is the chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations. Research has focused on Indonesian ethnology (Bali, Java, Kalimantan), Social Movements, Religion, Political Anthropology, Social Organization, Status, Globalisation and General Theory. Thomas has published eight books and over 70 articles.



Selection_SarahPinkSarah Pink (RMIT University)

Sarah Pink is a Professor working across the Design Research Institute and the School of Media and Communications at RMIT with PhD and a BA Hons. (first class) in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent (UK) an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester (UK). Sarah is a global authority on digital visual and sensory ethnography methodologies. And she is co-located in the Design Research Institute and connects with the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication.



Selection_JennyWeightJenny Weight (RMIT University)

Dr Jenny Weight is a lecturer and researcher in networked media at RMIT University. She has a particular interest in emerging documentary forms, in particular documentary which uses user-generated content and social media. She and her colleagues are currently working on an online participatory documentary called Wherever I lay my hat ( Jenny is the Program Director of the Graduate Diploma of Media and the Master of Media at RMIT.


Nadia Astari originally from Indonesia, has previously worked for national and international documentary productions for about 6 years in Ubud, Bali, before moving to Melbourne, Australia. Currently, she’s working as a freelance filmmaker based in the most awesome coworking space, Hub Melbourne. She has always loved being behind the camera and now she’s enjoying her new role behind the scene of APERTURE Festival. LinkedIn


Jette Achleitner is a German filmmaker who was production managing the award winning Documentary “24hours Berlin” as well as several German productions throughout Europe. Jette was involved in Australien and German feature films and worked for German culture and entertainment tv shows. Jette has moved from Berlin to Melbourne in June 2013. LinkedIn


Dr. Christopher L Basile PhD is a documentary film-maker, artist and composer. As an ethnomusicologist, he has published reference articles, radio documentaries and CDs based on his research on traditional music in Indonesia. His documentary videos are part of the permanent exhibition on Indonesia at The Museum of Musical Instruments in the USA. He is also a sound engineer, performer and music teacher. He works as Director of the Williamstown Guitar School, as a researcher at The Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne, and as a musician for studio work and live performance.