2021-2 Festival Team

Dr Adele Chynoweth FHEA OAM

Festival President

Until recently, Dr Adele Chynoweth lectured at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. Adele was a secondary school teacher before training as a theatre director and completing her PhD in contemporary Australian drama. She was employed as part of a theatre team to create the Memory Museum for the Centenary of Federation celebrations in South Australia. For this project, Adele worked with marginalised groups to collect objects and document recollections of war. She brought this method of community engagement to her subsequent role as curator of the National Museum of Australia’s touring exhibition Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions. She has also undertaken international museum consultancy work and is a member of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums. She is the co-editor of Museums and Social Change: Challenging the Unhelpful Museum (2020), part of the Routledge Museum Meanings series and author of Goodna Girls: a History of Children in a Queensland Mental Asylum (2020). Adele is the recipient of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach. In 2020, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to public history and admitted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

Andrew Pike, OAM

Festival Director

Andrew is a film distributor, film historian and documentary film-maker. With Ross Cooper, he co-authored Australian Film 1900-1977. His company, Ronin Films, was formed in 1974 and has distributed many hundreds of Australian films including STRICTLY BALLROOM and SHINE. He operated the Electric Shadows Twin Cinema in Canberra for 27 years, 1979 to 2006. In 2007, he received an Order of Australia Medal and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra. For ten years until 2012, he served on various iterations of the Board of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. As a documentary director, his films include ANGELS OF WAR, THE CHIFLEYS OF BUSBY STREET, EMILY IN JAPAN, and MESSAGE FROM MUNGO. He has been closely involved with the Festival as Manager in 2015 and Director in 2017, 2018 and 2019.