Personal details

Dr Sue Cake
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Creative Practice,
Film, Screen & Animation
Discipline *
Film, Television and Digital Media, Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing, Philosophy
+61 7 3138 5679
+61 7 3138 8105
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Creative Industries (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australian Writers Guild

Australian Film Institute

Queensland College of Teachers


Screenwriting, Scriptwriting, Narrative Comedy, Creative Practice-led Research, Reflective Practice

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


Sue Cake lectures in Scriptwriting in the Film, Screen & New Media Discipline in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. Susan received an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship whilst undertaking her professional doctorate at QUT and in 2018 was awarded an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her thesis titled Narrative Comedy Screenwriting: Facilitating self-directed, transformative learning.

The creative output from her practice-led research includes a story bible and episodes of a proposed narrative comedy television series titled Fighting Fit. Fighting Fit gives neoliberal, corporate approaches to education a good oiling up and rubbing down, parodied within the hazardous confines of a run-down fitness centre. Susan’s exegesis facilitated transformative learning which revealed how writing narrative comedy performed creative resistance against the corporatisation of education.

Susan has taught screen production in the vocational training and education sector and produced numerous interactive CD ROMS for a range of NGOs and charitable organisations as well as short films. She was the curriculum expert on a $250,000 ABC funded project aimed at increasing student media production within the South Pacific. Susan wrote an Innovative Teaching Guide aimed at supporting TVET Journalism Lecturers in project-based approaches to teaching and learning screen content production.

Susan has presented papers at conferences such as ASPERA, the national peak body for screen production research in Australia, the Australasian Humour Studies Network, and Scriptwriting Symposium. She has published in national and international Q1 and ERA A journals.

This information has been contributed by Dr Sue Cake.


Current Teaching:

Unit coordinator & Lecturer:

  • KPB116 Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • SCP Screenwriting Discipline Mentor



  • KPB220 Factual Screens
  • 15+ years of experience as an adult educator in screen and media production
  • Workshops in project-based learning to lecturers in the South Pacific
  • Workshops in developing research projects to Doctor of Creative Industries candidates
  • Unit coordinator/lecturer: Narrative Production
  • Sessional Tutor: Scriptwriting for Film & TV, Writing Dialogue
This information has been contributed by Dr Sue Cake.


Screen & Media Curriculum Expert

  • TVET Journalism Initiative [ABC International Development funded project in South Pacific]
  • Charles Darwin University [Developed training and assessment materials for Certificate III/IV in Screen & Media]
  • Australian Institute of Advanced Studies [Developed training and assessment materials for Certificate III/Diploma in Screen & Media, Diploma of Graphic Design]

Screen Production:

  • Corporate & Promos [various]
  • Short Films [various]
  • Interactive Screen Content [various NGO / charitable organisations]
This information has been contributed by Dr Sue Cake.


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


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award