Press Release from AFTRS

Luke Doolan, one of the rising stars of the Australian film industry, has taken up the position of Head of Editing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, as of Monday 11th April.

Sandra Levy, CEO, says of his appointment “I am delighted to welcome Luke to AFTRS. His extensive experience and creative drive will certainly prove to be a real asset for our students. His career path to date has been inspirational, and we feel his hands on experience will translate well into the practical education that AFTRS offers. He is a great addition to our roster of teachers who are all highly experienced working professionals.”

Luke’s diverse credits include director, writer, cinematographer and editor across music videos, commercials, shorts films and feature films.

In 2010 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for Miracle Fish, which he wrote, directed and edited.

The same year he received the AFI Award for Best Editing for his work on the highly lauded feature film Animal Kingdom, directed by David Michod. Other feature film editing credits include The Square (dir. Nash Edgerton), Ten Empty and New Skin (dir. Anthony Hayes). Short films include the multi award winning Spider, Crossbow and Lucky, which won second prize at Tropfest 2005 and Fuel for which he won Best Editing at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2003.

He has assisted legendary editor Jill Bilcock on Moulin Rouge and shot and edited previsualisation on Baz Luhrmann's Alexander and Australia and George Lucas' Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Peter Millynn, Director Screen Production Division says “Luke Doolan is an exciting edition to the AFTRS roster of creative teaching staff. His credits to date have proven his ability to think outside the box, and navigate a successful career in film, in a relatively short period of time. I am looking forward to seeing how his imagination coupled with his technical know-how will benefit the school and it’s students.”

He replaces Phillippa Harvey who has been Acting Head of Editing for the past 18 months. Phillippa was instrumental in the introduction of the very successful Graduate Certificate course, and will continue to work across the Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Foundation Diploma in the Editing division.

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