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Well made documentaries rock our world, stimulating memories, forcing change and shining a light on our world.  This month's TV Talks features two people who've made some of the best, Paul Clarke and Deb Masters.

Paul's pop culture doc credits include Blood And Thunder: The Sound Of The Alberts, Between A Frock And A Hard Place, Long Way to the Top, as well as Whitlam: The Power and the Passion and Brilliant Creatures: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob. Paul's regarded as one of Australia's most resourceful and innovative filmmakers with a distinctive, subjective and empathetic approach to social history.

Deb is renowned for her brilliant work on programs like Four Corners (A Gracious Gift on organ donations, Banking Bad exposing banking practices and People Smugglers in Australia). She also produced the highly successful The Killing Season - exposing the leadership traumas of the Labor Party.

Their work regularly reaches huge audiences in an age dominated by mass market, reality television.  So, how do they keep delivering stories which touch a chord on often difficult subjects - making documents of record which engage audiences?

At this month’s TV Talks with MC Denise Eriksen they'll analyse their successes and consider the place of documentary in today's television landscape.


  • Deb Masters: Executive Producer – Australian Story
  • Paul Clarke: Producer, Director, Writer, Blink TV & Bombora Film & Music Co


  • Denise Eriksen

Guest Bios:

Deb Masters has a long career in producing and director key factual television series in Australia.  Deb was with Four Corners from 2009-2014, where she won multiple awards including the Gold Walkley and a Logie for the Banking Bad episode which she produced. Aside from Four Corners, she has worked on Witness, Page One, the 7.30 Report, Mike Walsh Show, Dynasties and 100 Years: the Australian Story. She is renowned for her journalistic rigour and for her superb visual story telling skills and has won numerous awards – including Walkleys – for her work over the years.

Recent credits include The Howard Years, Dynasties and 100 Years: The Australian Story. Most recently, she was the Series Producer for the highly-acclaimed political documentary series, The Killing Season. Recently it was announced that Deb has taken on the role of Executive Producer of the long running ABC TV Series Australian Story.

Paul Clarke is a filmmaker and entertainment producer with a proven track record as one of Australia’s most creative and successful entertainment and documentary creators.  Documentary credits as writer, director, producer and/or executive producer include: Blood and Thunder: The Sound of the Alberts, Between a Frock and a Hard Place, Hello, This is Australia, Brilliant Creatures: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob, Whitlam: The Power and the Passion, Abba: Bang-A-Boomerang, Wide Open Road: The Story of the Car in Australia, Lillian Roxon: Mother Of Rock, Bombora – The Story of Australian Surfing, Love is in the Air – Stories Of Australian Pop and Long Way To The Top – Stories Of Australian Rock. 

In addition to his documentary credits, Paul has numerous Entertainment and comedy credits as producer/writer/director/executive producer including producing a range programming around the Eurovision song contest for the past 5 years, producer/writer on Bondi Rescue (Series 7), working as creator/writer/executive producer  on the first series of Spicks And Specks, 5 series of the youth program Recovery, and several Children’s TV Series and numerous music specials.

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