Kate Blackmore is an Australian artist and filmmaker whose films have been presented across cinematic, broadcast and contemporary art contexts. She has written, directed and produced over 20 short documentaries about art and culture for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including The Art of Collecting and the Walkley Award nominated series The Movement. In 2018, Blackmore was awarded the Hive commission to create The Woman and The Car, a hybrid documentary about iconic Australian artist Margaret Dodd. The film was produced by Bridget Ikin (Felix Media) and financed by Adelaide Film Festival, Screen Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2021, Blackmore’s first scripted short film, The Butter Scene premiered at the Sydney Film Festival.
In 2021, Blackmore began production on her debut feature documentary, Make it Look Real, produced by Bethany Bruce (Staple Fiction) and Daniel Joyce (Projector Films). The film follows an intimacy coordinator on her quest to change the way sex scenes are created in Hollywood. Make it Look Real was supported in development by Screen Australia, Create NSW and the SAFC and was selected for the inaugural Doc Society New Perspectives Pitch Lab, and the Sunny Side of the Doc Global Pitch 2021.
Blackmore is a founding member of the acclaimed artist collective Barbara Cleveland whose works have been included in notable exhibitions including, Know My Name, NGA, Canberra (2021); Divided Worlds, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Adelaide (2018); Unfinished Business, ACCA, Melbourne (2017); Unboxed: Artists and the Archive, Hayward Gallery, London (2017); Today Tomorrow Yesterday, MCA, Sydney (2017); Bodies in Time, Australian Contemporary Art Commission, AGNSW, Sydney (2016); The future is already here, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (2016); Contemporary Australia: Women, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2012); Tell Me Tell Me: Korean and Australian Art 1976-2011, MCA, Sydney and NMOCA, Seoul (2011). Barbara Cleveland’s work is included in major museum collections in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne. The collective is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.
Blackmore holds a BFA/BA (Hons) Moving Image & Performance/Film Theory from UNSW Art & Design, Sydney and a MA Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität, Berlin. She works as a Sessional Academic in Moving Image at UNSW Art & Design and a Lecturer in Documentary at AFTRS, Sydney.