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Dr Phoebe Hart

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Film, Screen & Animation

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Name
Dr Phoebe Hart
Position(s)
Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Film, Screen & Animation
Discipline *
Film, Television and Digital Media
Phone
+61 7 3138 3295
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Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Business (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

Television, film and new media, Documentary theory and practice, Screenwriting, Autobiography & memory, Creative practice, Digital disruption, Ethics & aesthetics, Gender, identity & representation, Cultural & critical studies, Feminist phenomenology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Phoebe Hart is a writer, director and producer of documentaries, factual content and children’s television. Dr Hart is also a lecturer in film, television and digital media at the Queensland University of Technology, and principal of Hartflicker, a video and film production company. She is known particularly for her autobiographical road trip movie, Orchids: My Intersex Adventure. Hart completed her film studies at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 1995.  She has worked for Network Ten and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

In 2009 Hart was awarded her doctorate from Queensland University of Technology, of which Orchids was a central element of her doctoral studies. This documentary took six years for the principal documenters (sisters Phoebe and Bonnie Hart) to film, using a variety of cameras including semi-professional digital cameras, domestic VHS camcorders, and Super 8. Here’s what reviewers have said about Orchids: My Intersex Adventure:

“It’s an extraordinary piece of filmmaking, filled with family revelations and a beautiful twist ending that could rival Frank Capra for emotional pull.” – Trent Dalton, Q Weekend

“It’s a film that really reaches out, and when it ends we sit back with the feeling of having been told an interesting and important story from a brave and generous person.” – Best Documentary Jury, Mix Copenhagen

“It is engaging viewing, even endearing, and feels like a quietly important film that ought to be widely seen.” – Inez Baranay, Metro Magazine

“…a story anyone who has experienced the pain of difference and exclusion – in any of its forms – will find inspiring.” - Doug Anderson of the Sydney Morning Herald

Dr Hart’s Career Timeline:

  • 1995 Phoebe gains undergraduate degree in film and television production at the Queensland University of Technology.
  • 1998 Dr Hart is a finalist in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) race around the world.
  • 1999 The Full Kombi screens on the ABC.
  • 1999 Phoebe joins Network Ten’s top rating children’s factual program Totally Wild.
  • 2002 Dr Hart works with Ten’s documentary department as a researcher, writer, coordinator and producer.
  • 2004 Phoebe begins freelance for various production companies and to produce documentaries and short films for inclusion in film festivals under the banner of hartflicker.
  • 2004 Dr Hart’s acclaimed mini-doc Dumpster Divers is a finalist for the Wild Spaces Pro-Cam Award and screens at the Other Worlds Are Breathing Film Festival at the World Social Forum (WSF) in India.
  • 2004 Traje: Women and Weaving in Guatemala showcases at the WSF in Brazil, 2005, and has since tours the world at various festivals. Phoebe also coordinates an Australian screening of the festival at the QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct.
  • 2005 Phoebe commences a scholarship-funded PhD project at QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty.
  • 2008 Phoebe writes and co-directs a primetime four-part documentary series on the state of higher education in Australia for SBS called Downunder Grads.
  • 2009 Dr Hart directs a standalone documentary for ABC1 on a group of women who play the rough-and-tumble sport of roller derby entitled Roller Derby Dolls
  • 2009 Phoebe completes her PhD at QUT entitled Orchids: Intersex and Identity in Documentary, which receives a Dean’s Commendation, and out of which grows a long form documentary film entitled Orchids: My Intersex Adventure.
  • 2010 Orchids: My Intersex Adventure film premieres at the Brisbane International Film Festival (now the Brisbane Pacific Film Festival) where it is voted the number one film of the festival by audiences, and goes on to win an ATOM Award, ADG Award, the Audience Award at the Divergenti Film Festival Italy, a Gold Kahuna Award at the Honolulu Film Awards, the John Deen Memorial Award at the Spokane International LGBT Film Festival, Most Outstanding Documentary at Queer Fruits Film Festival and Best Documentary at Mix Copenhagen, among many other honours.
  • 2012 Orchids: My Intersex Adventure is broadcast on ABC1 in Australia in 2012, appears in more than 50 film festivals internationally, and is broadcast in Switzerland, Poland, Sweden,  Israel, Spain, France, Russia, Germany and North America.
  • 2013 Phoebe produces for Wildbear and ABC1′s factual entertainment series, Save Your Life Tonight.

More about Dr Hart:

This information has been contributed by Dr Phoebe Hart.

Teaching

  • Dr Hart lectures into producing and screenwriting units at QUT.
  • Prior to commencing as a lecturer at QUT, Phoebe was a sessional academic teaching a range of Creative Industries subjects.
  • Phoebe has led numerous workshops on film-making and given public lectures on her life and work.
  • Phoebe is also a qualified English language instructor.
This information has been contributed by Dr Phoebe Hart.

Experience

  • Phoebe has worked with many production companies and television networks, including Network Ten, Wildbear Entertainment, Freshwater Pictures, Vizible Entertainment, Octagon CSI, Beyond, Turner Entertainment Inc., Brisbane International Film Festival and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Her work has been broadcast on Showtime, ARTE Germany/France, Special Broadcasting Station, Nine Network, Schweizer Fernsehen, Televisión Española, UR (Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company), DBS Israel and ArtMedia (Eastern Europe).
  • Phoebe co-ordinated the Other Worlds are Breathing (Australia) – A Film Festival on Alternatives at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct.
  • She has presented at popular public events such as the Ideas Festival and TEDx.

Dr Hart in the media:

This information has been contributed by Dr Phoebe Hart.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
MujerDoc International Festival of Documentary Cinema on Gender - Best Short Documentary
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Australian Director's Guild Awards - Best Direction in a Documentary (Stand Alone Category)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
Chéries-Chéris Film Festival - Prix Spécial du Jury du Film Documentaire
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2012
Details
Ormond College, University of Melbourne - Robson Fellow
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
John Dean Memorial Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Copenhagen Mix Film Festival Awards - Best Documentary
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards - Best Documentary
Type
Publicly commissioned Artworks
Reference year
2010
Details
Orchids: My Intersex Adventure - Television Documentary
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Dean's Commendation for Thesis - Orchids: Intersex and Identity in Documentary