Thomas used to attend workshops at St Martins as a teenager in the 1990s before joining the organisation as their General Manager in 2021. During the time in-between he worked in film programming at the Melbourne International Film Festival for eight years, which included programming MIFF Schools (formally Next Gen). Prior to that he held marketing and communications positions at various other organisations in the arts, publishing and community sectors.
As well as working at St Martins, Thomas continues to program films for festivals, and he is the current Artistic Director of the Children’s International Film Festival. He is also an External Assessor for the New Zealand Film Commission and a freelance writer, specialising in film criticism and film education. He is the author of the secondary school textbook Film Analysis Handbook, published by Insight Publications, and he has twice been awarded the Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film in the Australian Film Critics Association Writing Awards.
Thomas is also a radio broadcaster who can be heard reviewing films on Afternoons once a fortnight on ABC Radio Melbourne, and he was previously a regular guest on The Book Show (formerly Books and Arts) on ABC RN where he discussed book to film adaptations. Thomas used to also be a regular voice on Triple R (3RRR 102.7FM) as the producer and co-host of film criticism show Plato’s Cave and the film reviewer on the Breakfasters.