study guides


ATOM, through its publications arm (Metro and Screen Education magazines), produces study guides and educational kits for feature films, documentaries, television programs, exhibitions, etc.

Over the last twenty years, ATOM has produced guides for Screen Australia, the BBC, Sony Pictures, Disney, Roadshow, 20th Century Fox, Hoyts, Ronin Films, Hopscotch Films, Icon Films, Paramount Pictures, Madman, SBS, the ABC and many others.

The study guides are written for teachers and students in primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions. ATOM has a team of curriculum experts from all curriculum areas who view the programs to decide whether or not they can be linked to the curriculum and, if so, then recommend what year levels and subject areas are appropriate for that particular program.

ATOM study guides are for personal use and assessment by teachers. The copyright to the study guides is owned by ATOM.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of having a study guide produced, please email Managing Editor Peter Tapp on

Production of study guides for Screen Australia–funded documentaries
Screen Australia has agreed to fund study guides for Australian documentaries and some feature films, if they can be linked to the curriculum, to help filmmakers in marketing their programs to educational institutions.

The three organisations working on this project are ATOM, Screen Australia and Screenrights. Screenrights collects money from schools, TAFEs, universities and other educational institutions for the copying of programs from television. This money is distributed to the rights holders of the copied titles. Working in cooperation with ATOM, Screenrights approached Screen Australia to fund the production of certain teaching material for Australian documentaries to assist this sector in achieving better returns from their programs.

In the fifteen years Screenrights have been administering the Australian educational copying scheme, Screenrights has found that where additional teaching material is available, a program is more likely to be copied than one where no material is available. (In some cases, members have found that their Screenrights royalties have increased by up to sixty per cent when ATOM has produced a study guide for their programs).

Recognising the importance of putting programs into a specific educational context, many larger organisations spend considerable money on producing additional teaching material. For example, the BBC has recently earmarked over £350 million for their educational website over the next four years.

Screen Australia has agreed that, under its production investment agreement, ATOM will be sent three DVD copies of all Australian documentaries that it funds. If a panel comprised of educators believes that the documentary can be used in the curriculum, a study guide will be produced by ATOM. As ATOM is a non-profit organisation, the guide will be produced on a cost recovery basis only. So the estimated cost for a study guide is roughly $2750 ex. GST for a program that runs for a television hour. For shorter or longer programs, please email Managing Editor Peter Tapp on

It has been agreed that the guides will be produced in a PDF format and linked to a fortnightly online program guide for educational institutions and will be available to download for the first eighteen months for free (and thereafter for a small fee) from The Education Shop.

If you would like more information, please email Peter Tapp on