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Margaret McHugh

In 2010, Margaret completed her undergraduate degree from the Australian National University's School of Art with Honours in Documentary Photography and Video Art. It was during this degree that she developed her unique visual style and interest in experimental filmmaking. Upon graduation from the ANU, Margaret was awarded the prestigious professional mentorship with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra. Margaret has also studied visual art, photography and filmmaking at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain and Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Her work has been screened locally, interstate and internationally in Europe.

In 2012, Margaret was accepted into the inaugural Graduate Diploma in Documentary at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). This course focused on the future of nonfiction storytelling and engaged with the latest innovations in documentary filmmaking. In 2014, she was invited back by AFTRS to direct another film, The Drover's Boy, which had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival 2015 and was shortlisted for the Event Cinema Australian Short Screenplay Award.

Margaret is continuing to explore the boundary between video art and documentary filmmaking in her creative practice.



2014 The Drover's Boy – Hybrid Doco| AFTRS

2012 Devine is Dead – Reenactment Doco | AFTRS
2012 Soul Searchers - Observational Doco| AFTRS
2012 The Stirrers - Hybrid Documentary | AFTRS


2011 Limbo – 2.10min | NFSA

2011 Please Don't Stop Me – 3.07min | Exhibition commission
2010 The Golden Rule – 10.27min | ANU School of Art

2009 Fantastic Documentary – 11.31min | ANU School of Art
2009 Greed – 4.42min | Uni Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
2008 Mr Brown – 5.00min | ANU School of Art

2008 Louise & the Meaning of Life – 3.27min | ANU School of Art



THE DROVER’S BOY is a ‘hybrid’ blend of music, documentary and drama. The story is set in the 1920s in outback Australia, and evokes a time when it was illegal for white Australians and Aboriginal people to marry...