Dr Maria Stratford



School /
Work Unit

Media and Communications

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 5203



Building: 009
Level: 04
Room: 050-2

City campus


College of Design and Social Context


Maria Stratford

Key activities

Maria currently teaches into the BA Photography and BCOMM Media programs in the School of Media and Communication. The subject areas include photography theory, documentary stills photography, radio and video production.

The courses are:

  • Processes and Cultures of Photography
  • Documentary and Editorial Practice
  • Writing Media Text
  • Broadcast Media

Maria is also Course Co-ordinator for two BA Photography courses.


Currently undertaking a PhD by Research

2011: Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, RMIT University, Melbourne

2007: BCOMM (Media) with Distinction, RMIT University, Melbourne

1982: Diploma of Art and Design (Photography), Prahran College of Advanced Education, Melbourne

Industry experience

Film experience

Maria worked in the film industry for 17 years primarily as a stills photographer and in the production area on features, documentaries, short dramas and later, produced and directed a number of documentary films.

Feature films

Crackers (1998) Post Production Supervisor
Director: David Swann /Producer: Chris Warner

Blowing Hot and Cold (1989) Stills Photographer/ Production Coordinator /Location Manager
Director: MarkGracey/Producer: Rosa Colosimo

Hungry Heart (1987) Stills Photographer/ Production Assistant
Director: Luigi Aquisto/ Producer: Rosa Colosimo

My First Wife (1984) Stills Photographer
Director: Paul Cox/ Producers: Paul Cox and Jane Ballantyne

Where the Green Ants Dream (1983-84) Production Assistant
Director: Werner Herzog/Producers: Werner Herzog and Lucki Stipetic

Man of Flowers (1983)Stills Photographer/ Production AssistantDirector: Paul Cox / Producers: Paul Cox and Jane Ballantyne

Short dramas

Pre-Occupied (1986) Stills Photographer/ ContinuityDirector: Solrun Hoass/ Producer: Women’s Film Unit

Geese Mate for Life (1984) Stills PhotographerDirector/Producer: Virginia Rouse

Television mini-series

Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude (1999) Pre and Post Prod Supervisor
Director: Moira Moss / Producer: Chris Warner (for ABC TV)

Darwin 1942 (1988) Stills Photographer
Director: Paul Drane / Producers: Paul and Margaret Drane

In Between (1986) Stills PhotographerDirectors: Chris Warner and Mandy Smith/ Producers: Chris Warner and Kim Dalton

Corporate documentaries

Corporate and Educational Videos (1988-1991) Stills Photographer/ Production Manager
Producers: Byzantine Films and Open Channel (extensive list available)

Radio experience

Maria has been working in the community radio sector for the past ten years producing and presenting a weekly radio program. Maria has also freelanced in radio production that has been aired on ABC Radio National.

I-nityRiddims, (2002 – current) Program Producer and Presenter - 3CR Community Radio.
Weekly reggae music show highlighting international artists from Africa and the African Diaspora. Some of the artists Maria has interviewed are:

  • Jamaica: Richie Spice, Ziggy Marley, Capleton, Marcia Griffiths, Busy Signal, Beres Hammond, Louie Culture, The Wailers, The Gladiators, C-Sharp, Toots & the Maytals.
  • South Africa: Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela.
  • Congo/ Belgium: Zap Mama
  • Cote D’Ivoire: Alpha Blondy.
  • Senegal: Daara J.
  • UK: Steel Pulse, Mad Professor, Transglobal Underground & many others

The Art of Change: Cultural Activism and the Role of the Arts in Social Change and Common Ground: Sacred Space (2007) ABC Radio National and Radio Australia

Abolition of the British Slave Trade (2007) Commissioned by ABC Radio National to research, produce and present a 20 mins arts program for Exhibit A. The program highlighted two Afro-Caribbean artists/ curators whose work formed part of the year-long celebrations to commemorate the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. Broadcast on Radio Australia and ABC Radio National.

SYN FM (2002) Produced and presented an African and reggae music program


  • 2011: School of Media and Communication Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for Teaching Team
  • 1986: Won Special Mayor’s Prize at St Kilda Film Festival for Samba to Slow Fox
  • 1986: Nominated for Best Documentary by the Australian Writers’ Guild for Samba to Slow Fox

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