Richard G. Jones
Dr. Richard Jones is an Australian filmmaker, teacher and researcher working in community cultural development, communications for development and adult education. He has held university appointments as a Lecturer, Director-in-Residence, Artist-in-Residence, Senior Fellow and Professorial Fellow. A former Australian Broadcasting Commission cinematographer and journalist, Richard has taught film, print design, digital-storytelling and photography in the high school, vocational, professional development and university sectors.
Richard's productions have been screened widely, including in the Melbourne, Adelaide, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid and Chicago film festivals, and at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts and the American and British Film Institutes. After making 27 publicly funded films, Richard developed, wrote and directed SomaZone, a youth health and well-being CD-ROM that has won multiple awards, including the Gold Camera for Best Interactive Program in international competition at the 31st US Film and Video Festival.
Richard then developed a partnership with Kids Helpline, Australia’s largest youth counselling service, in which he led a design research team creating Online Visual Counselling Tools with funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). This project resulted in a world-first e-counselling application. Continuing his creatively-led research, Richard won a further ARC grant developing Intelligent Learning Objects, a series of online educational activities for under-performing high school students.
Between productions, Richard has conducted photo-storytelling projects in men’s prisons, with women in post-release settings and with Indigenous youth in the Australian outback. He currently works in Timor where he teaches and mentors Timorese in filmmaking, creative writing and photography. Richard’s PhD on photo-storytelling in Timor-Leste was awarded the 2016 University of New England Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Medal for ‘research that is of exceptional merit and at the forefront of the field.’ His new book Hadomi Rai: Portraits of Timor-Leste is being launched at the end of 2017. The foreword was written by His Excellency Dr. José Ramos-Horta, former President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.