Simon Weaving


Simon Weaving is a Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Newcastle with research interests in film production and distribution, narrative theory, Australian cinema, screenwriting, and the way that film genre is used to create meaning by those involved in the production, distribution and consumption of cinema.

A filmmaker, writer, festival director, film critic and commentator, Simon was Director of the Canberra International Film Festival from 2009-2012, Founder and Co-Director of the Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival held annually in Australia’s National Capital each July, and currently curates the Winter Film Series at the National Gallery of Australia.

Simon has made a number of award-winning short films, including Waiting For Robbo (2011) that had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and which won Best Film at the Canberra Short Film Festival the same year. Twice a Tropfest finalist, and runner-up in AD:05 (the national Art of Documentary competition), Simon wrote and directed the feature film The Competition in 2014.

Simon is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association, the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI), and was a founding member of the ACT Screen Industry Association (ACTSIA), serving on its Advisory Committee from 2010 until 2014. He was the lead film critic for The Canberra Times from 2004-2014 and appeared regularly on 666ABC Radio commentating on cinema.

Prior to his work in the film industry Simon worked as a management consultant for a number of leading international consulting firms. He lived and worked across the Asia-Pacific region, including the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea (where he won an international award whilst working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers), as well as Fiji, Singapore and Indonesia, where he worked with organizational development theorist Professor Elliott Jacques. He also consulted to the NSW Ministry for the Arts, in projects involving regional theatre, the Crafts Council of NSW and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and worked with many of Australia’s leading theatre companies as a producer (in 1990 he produced Magpie Theatre Company’s Adelaide Festival hit Funerals & Circuses, starring Paul Kelly, and co-produced the accompanying album). His time as a management consultant left Simon with an abiding interest in systems theory, human motivation and the integrative power of communication.