MS Nicolette Freeman

MS Nicolette Freeman


  • Film production (Cinematography)
  • Film production (Documentary Film)



  • Nicolette Freeman holds BAs from University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), where she specialised in cinematography. Nicolette’s graduating film at AFTRS, Letters of Sylvia Plath , was a winner in the 1985 Greater Union Awards at the Sydney Film Festival, and a finalist that year at the AFI Awards. Since graduating in the mid 1980’s, Nicolette has shot many acclaimed drama and documentary films, including Road to Nhill, the first feature film directed by her film school colleague, Sue Brooks.

    After graduating from film school Nicolette produced and co-directed the documentary, Eclipse of the Man-Made Sun . This hour-long film (screened on ABC Television in 1991) uses a visually rich palette of archival and experimental imagery to examine the language and symbolism of nuclear energy and weapons. It was widely screened and awarded at international film festivals, including the highly regarded Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival and the Yamagata Documentary Film festival

    Throughout this period Nicolette taught film production at UTS, between her production commitments. In the early 90’s Nicolette moved to Melbourne where she continued her work as Director of Photography for local filmmakers such as Sarah Watt, Sue Maslin and John Hughes.

    Nicolette continued her involvement in screen education with teaching appointments at Melbourne University, RMIT , and Open Channel. In 1998 Nicolette accepted a teaching position in film production at the VCA's Film School, where she worked casually until a full-time appointment in 2006.

    In 1995 Nicolette participated, as a cinematographer, in the inaugural Indigenous Narrative Drama Visual Storytelling Workshop. This A.F.C. initiated filmmaking workshop for indigenous directors led   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 1988  - full production investment - ECLIPSE OF THE MAN MADE SUN - $500,000 - Australian Film Commission

    1988 - television pre-sale - ECLIPSE OF THE MAN MADE SUN - $75,000 - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    2000 - production investment - LEAPING OFF THE EDGE - $30,000 - Film Victoria

    2000 - production investment - LEAPING OFF THE EDGE - $25,000 - Les Productions Virage, Canada

    2000 - production grant - LEAPING OFF THE EDGE - $15,000 - The Myer Foundation

    2000 - television pre-sale - LEAPING OFF THE EDGE - $30,000 - SBS Television

    2004 - production investment - THE LIFESTYLE EXPERTS - $100,000 - Australian Film Commission

    2004 - production investment - THE LIFESTYLE EXPERTS - $51,500 - Film Victoria

    2004 - television pre-sale - THE LIFESTYLE EXPERTS - $50,000 - SBS Television   


Education and training

  • MFTV, University of Melbourne 2010
  • BA (Comm), University of Technology Sydney 1986
  • BFTV, The Australian Film Television and Radio School 1985

Awards and honors

  • Australian Teachers of Media (Best Short Documentary), 2002
  • Eclipse of the Man-Made Sun (co-writer / director) Winner, Bronze Apple Award, War and Peace Category, U.S. National Educational Film and Video Festival, 1992
  • Eclipse of the Man-Made Sun (co-writer / director) Winner, Best Short Film, Science Category, Melbourne International Film Festival (Best Short Film:Science), 1991
  • Letters of Sylvia Plath (writer / director) Winner, General Section, Greater Union Awards, Sydney Film Festival (Greater Union Awards), 1985



Available for supervision

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