Dr Pieter Aquilia

Head of Screenwriting

Dr Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has combined her creative practice with a career in academia. Formerly an Associate Dean and Associate Arts Professor for NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, she was also Associate Professor and Head of Program at UNSW Asia and University of Newcastle. Pieter completed her Doctor of Creative Arts in Scriptwriting at University of Technology Sydney in 2000. Her research publications cover International Television Drama, the Globalization of Screen Education, Ethnic and Gender Representation on Screen, and the Media in Asia. Pieter graduated from the BA Program at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1988.


Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Technology Sydney

MA (Film & Television), Curtin University of Technology

BA (Writing and Direction), Australian Film, Television & Radio School

BA (English), Curtin University of Technology


Associate Arts Professor; Assoc. Dean, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Asia

Associate Professor Communications (Hons.), University of Newcastle, Singapore

Series Writer, Family Files, MediaCorp Channel 5 Drama, Singapore

Associate Professor, Head of Department, University of New South Wales, Singapore

Series Writer, Life Story, MediaCorp Channel 5 Drama, Singapore

Production Consultant, Radio Television Brunei, FINAS Malaysia, Singapore Film Commission

Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Lecturer, Dept of Media & Communication Studies, Macquarie University

Television Script Writer/Script Editor: Water Rats, Heartbreak High, Totally Wild

Producer, Film & Television Institute, Perth, Western Australia

Associate Lecturer, Media Studies, Edith Cowan University, Australia



Aquilia, P. (2016) New Pathways for Directing Independent Film. In (Ed.) A. Weinstein, Perform: Directing for the Screen. Boston: Focal Press.

Aquilia, P. (2016) The Silent Producer: Women Filmmakers Who Creatively Controlled the Silent
Era of Cinema. In (Eds.) M. Bridges and C. Robson, Silent Women; Pioneers of Cinema. London: Aurora. pp. 67-82.

Aquilia, P. (2015) The Value of Film School in the Success of Female Filmmakers in Australia. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 9 (2). pp. 1-13.

Aquilia, P. (2014) Films from an Unknown Woman: Remediating the absence of gender politics in the films of women directors in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In (Eds.) G. Kelly and C. Robson, Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through. London, Aurora. pp. 278-189.

Aquilia, P. (2014) Brilliant Careers: Three Waves of Australian, New Zealand and Indigenous Women Film Directors. In (Eds.) G. Kelly and C. Robson, Celluloid Ceiling: Women film directors breaking through. London, Aurora. pp. 255-271.

Aquilia, P. and Kerrigan, S. (2013) Student Film Collaboration: The East-West Dilemma. Journal of International Communication. 19 (2). pp. 147-166.

Aquilia, P, Kerrigan, S, & Payne, C. (2012) Investigating a Global Tertiary Curriculum through Eastern and Western Creativity, in C. Anyanwu, K. Green, J. Sykes (Eds), Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21st Century.(ANZA).

Refereed Journal Papers and Book Chapters: (cont)

Aquilia, P. and Kerrigan, S. (2011) Globalising Australian Screen Production Curricula. Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Vol. 11, April.

Aquilia, P. et al. (2011) Australian Universities approaches to Occupational Risk Management for Screen Production. Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Vol. 11, April.

Aquilia, P. (2008). 2004 Australian Federal Election on the web: Internet’s potential and threats to cyber-citizenship.  In (Eds.). R. Kluver, et al., The Internet and National Elections: A Comparative Study of Web Campaigning. London: Routledge.

Aquilia, P. & Chua, L. (2007). Exporting the nation: Singapore international co-productions and national cinema. Media in Asia: Transformations and Transitions. Singapore: Asian Media Information Communication Centre.

Aquilia, P. (2006). Westernizing Southeast Asian Cinema: Co-productions for ‘Transnational’ Markets. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 20 (4), 433-445.

Aquilia, P. (2005 May). Endangered Genre. English Language Television Drama in Singapore.  Media International Australia, 115, May. pp. 71-81.  

Aquilia, P. (2004). The SARS channel in Singapore: a short return to non-commercial public  service broadcasting. Media Asia, 30 (4), pp. 206 -215.   

Aquilia, P. (2001), “Wog Drama and White Multiculturalists: the Role of Non-Anglo Australian  Film and Television Drama in Shaping a National Identity,” Journal of Australian Studies, no.  67, Australia, pp. 104-108.   

Aquilia, P. & Pallotta-Chiarolli, M., (1997) “Truth or Fiction: Writing Narrative in Research” in Text, vol. 1, no. 1, Australia, www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april97/aquilla.htm

Aquilia, P. (1998). How the Good Italian Girl was Murdered. In M. Pallotta-Chiarolli (ed.) Girls  Talk: Young Women Speak Their Hearts and Minds. Sydney, Australia: Finch, pp.239-241.


Books & Edited Journals

Dunleavy, T.  & Aquilia, P. (Eds.) (2005), Popular Television Drama: Nation, Agency, Identity.  Media International Australia, Special Theme Issue 115.   

Keshishoglou, J. & Aquilia, P. (2004/6). Electronic Broadcast Media in Singapore and the Region  (2 edn.). Singapore: Thomson Learning.   


Family Files Little Girl Lost, TV Drama, Mediacorp, Writer. 2008.

Life Story, TV Drama, Episodes 1, 3, 5,7.  2007-2008, Series Writer.

Daughters of the Mob, unprod. feature film script, Writer, 2001.

Water Rats. TV Drama, Southern Star. Series Script Editor. 1996..

Heartbreak High, TV Drama, Gannon Television, Episodes 66 -98, Series Script Editor/Writer, 1995.

Totally Wild, TV infotainment, Network 10, Series Writer/Producer, 1994.

A Country Practice, TV Drama, JNP Productions, Season 14, Trainee TV Director, 1993.

E-Street, TV Drama, TV Drama,.Forrest Redlick, Season 5, Trainee TV Director, 1993.

Rondella, Short Film, Australian Film Commission. Writer/Director, 1992.

Hope for Tomorrow, Corporate Video, Film and TV Institure, WA. Producer, 1992.

Home Recycling in WA, Corporate Video, Film and TV Institure, WA. Producer, 1992.

The Invitation, Acting Out Theatre Company, Playwright.  1990.

Mary Is your Ticket to Heaven, Short Film, AFTRS. Writer-Director, 1988.

The Accidental Misplacement of My Masterpiece, Swy Theatre, Playwright, 1985.

The Boy Who Thought He Was James Joyce, St. Martins Theatre, Playwright, 1984.


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