Adjunct Faculty, Department of Communication
Dr Robert de Young has a research Master of Arts and a PhD in literature, and has taught at the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, RMIT University and Victoria University in literary studies, professional writing, media theory and practice including radio, television and documentary writing and production.
Robert worked extensively as a writer / producer for ABC Radio Drama & Features and then for ABC TV (Australia) in a variety of genres as a director (including live-to-air), producer, Series Producer, Executive Producer and Commissioning Editor. Since leaving the ABC Robert has worked independently as a radio and television producer. Robert researched and co-produced Tasmanian Devil: the fast and furious life of Errol Flynn for ABC TV (Australia), BBC, ZDF Arte, AVRO, DR TV YLE and TV Ontario. In 2010 Robert produced Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon for SBS TV and YLE. Mother of Rock was an official selection for the Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals, the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and in 2011 at the Raindance Film Festival in London. Mother of Rock won Best Documentary – Biography at the 2011 ATOM Awards. In 2011 Robert produced and directed Mad as Hell: Peter Finch which was an official selection for the World Cinema section of the 16th Busan International Film Festival. Robert directed Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches, co-produced with Inkwell Films which premiered on FOXTEL in early 2016, and produced Jerry Lewis: the man behind the clown (2016) also with Inkwell Films and French Connection Films. Most recently Robert co-produced and directed Tarzan Revisited which maps the history of the legend of Tarzan in film, television and popular culture. The film has screened in Australia and throughout Europe. Robert is currently undertaking audio and video archival research on Leonard Cohen.
Master of Arts