Thesis and Cat


Ph.D. University of Melbourne/University of Auckland (Joint PhD, 2014).  Innovation and Change in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Documentary Production Ecology 2010-2013.

This thesis presents a detailed analysis of New Zealand’s documentary production ecology during the period 2010 – 2013, focusing on innovation, change and the function(s) of documentary as a creative and cultural industry. Drawing on interviews, observation, practice-led research and analysis of theatrical and television documentary output, the framework of ecology is used to examine the specific conditions of documentary production in New Zealand as a complex media system in relation to global shifts in media production, distribution and use.

Grad. Dip. Digital Media. Auckland University of Technology. 2006 – 2007

M.A. (First Class Honours). University of Auckland. Film, TV and Media Studies. ‘Interactive memory: cinematic hypertext and prosthesis in Chris Marker’s Sans soleil’. 2000 – 2002

B.A. University of Auckland. English/Film, TV and Media Studies. 1996 – 1999


  • Jackson, A (2012). ‘Inertia and turbulence: television and innovation in New Zealand’s documentary production ecology’, PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication 4(1) (June): 47-62. ISSN: 1836-5132
  • Jackson, Anna Gwendoline (2005). Outside in Tokyo: The Gaijin Gaze in Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil and Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. In Sietske Sips Nienke Schachtschabel, Layla Tweedie-Cullen (Eds.). Cities and Eyes Sourcebook (pp. 154-63). Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP.
  • Jackson, A (2015). Theatrical Documentary in New Zealand 2012. In B. Goldsmith and Lealand, G. (Eds.), Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand second edition. Bristol, UK: Intellect books.
  • Jackson, A.G. (2015). ‘Launching Loading Docs: A reflection on the first year of a documentary innovation experiment from a producer/researcher perspective’, Pacific Journalism Review, Vol 21 No 2 (2015): Documentary practice in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Connor, A. M., Sosa, R., Karmokar, S., Marks, S., Buxton, M., Gribble, A. M., Jackson, A., Foottit, J. (2016). Exposing Core Competencies for Future Creative Technologists. Http://, 377–397.