After studying fine art printmaking and photography at art school in SA, Phillipa came to Sydney and began working for Pilgrim Films as an assistant editor, followed by several years at the ABC assisting on documentaries and TV drama series. With so much content needed for broadcast, she soon began editing short art documentaries, education programs and sports stories.
Wanting to work on larger productions, Phillippa left the ABC to freelance, and began assisting on feature films and TV series, later editing documentaries and drama projects.
She decided to go back to studying, and completed a Grad Cert in Glassmaking at Sydney College of Arts, an M. Art in Photography at COFA, and a Grad Certificate in Adult Education at UTS. It was during this time she began teaching video, photography and editing at Metro Television, Eora TAFE and AFTRS. She now teaches into both the BA and MA editing courses.
Phillippa loves teaching all aspects of editing theory and practice, being part of the screen industry through training and education, and being involved in the development of the students’ projects. She finds AFTRS an amazing environment in which to work and study, saying it is “an exciting and stimulating place for everyone who loves all screen arts because it constantly looks towards innovation and ground breaking story telling – like the industry itself.”