Dr Maher is a filmmaker and researcher in the screen industries. He has a track record in traditional and NTRO research. His interests include film, digital disruption and spatial experiences involving media and cities and processes of urbanisation. It is Dr Maher’s goal is to participate in, and build collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects.
Dr Maher received an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship for his PhD conducted in QUT’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovation in the Creative Industries and in 2010 his PhD film, The Brisbane Line, received official selection into the Brisbane International Film Festival.
He currently sits on the a Steering Committee of a British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Grant investigating filmmaking based research. In 2017 he was Scholar-in-Residence at the UCLA Film and TV Archives and in 2013 was President of ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association), the national peak body for Film Schools.Prior to being appointed at QUT Dr Maher held research and lecturing positions at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and University of New South Wales. He has been a media policy researcher at the Communications Law Centre (UNSW) and an award-winning independent filmmaker, producing, writing and directing short films, documentaries and corporates. In 2012 he wrote and directed a documentary on Queensland Parliament House distributed across Fairfax Digital’s Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age websites. He has also contributed feature articles for Sydney Film Festival and worked as a film festival organiser for New York Anthology Film Archives.