Oct 19 2016

We have announced the appointment of a further four new Heads of Discipline in Directing, Documentary and Cinematography.

Head of Directing is Rowan Woods, one of Australia’s leading directors for film and television. Rowan’s credits as a director include The Kettering Incident, Nowhere Boys 3, The Straits, Little Fish and The Boys.  Rowan is also an AFTRS graduate (1993).

Dr Rachel Landers has been appointed Head of Documentary. Dr Landers has been a lecturer at AFTRS since 2009; most recently she has been subject leader Non Fiction, developing and running the BA (Screen) and teaching the Master of Screen Arts.  She is an accomplished filmmaker and historian, whose film credits include the recent documentaries Lest We Forget What and The Inquistion and the book Who Bombed The Hilton.

Head of Cinematography is Kim Batterham. Kim has been a lecturer and subject leader in cinematography since 2009 while continuing his substantial career as a DoP in film and television, most recently shooting the 21-part series Lost Tools of Henry Hoke, the documentary Black Panther Women and the drama series Chandon Pictures. Other credits include the seminal documentary series First Australians.

Head of Animation & VFX is Susan Danta. Winner of the UNSW Art & Design Dean’s Awards for Teaching (Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning) in 2014, Susan is an accomplished content creator and animator. She was the series creator, director and animator of the acclaimed documentary interstitial series Heirlooms and has worked in recent years on design and animation projects for Shine Australia, SBS Television and Disney Channels AUNZ.

AFTRS recently announced a further eight new Heads of Discipline - Head of Editing is Roland Gallois, Head of Sound is Stephen Murphy, Head of Producing is Peter Herbert, Head of Screenwriting is Dr Pieter Aqulia, Head of Radio is Fyona Smith, Head of Screen Studies is Matt Campora, Head of Design is Igor Nay and Head of Interactive is Catherine Gleeson.

AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow said: “I am thrilled to confirm these new members of our team across the Discipline areas. Rowan, Rachel, Kim and Susan each have impressive careers as filmmakers as well as in teaching and I know our students across the curriculum will benefit from their incredible expertise and experience.”


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.