Hosted by Antenna Documentary Film Festival at AFTRS, DocTalk is a full-day industry event featuring a curated program of master classes and panels from a range of leading international and Australian filmmakers and industry figures. Directors, producers, commissioning editors, funders and other key stakeholders provide unique perspectives and insider knowledge of what’s happening right now across the industry.
The event is presented in 4 sessions:
– CULTURE IS NOT AN INDUSTRY
The way we talk about the film industry (and about culture in general) in our society has become narrow and stale, concerned mostly with economics or questions of representation. In this keynote speech, Professor Justin O’Connor (University of South Australia) will offer us a broad critique that does not neglect these questions but deepens them.
– INDIGENOUS PROTOCOLS AND POLICIES IN FILM: A CANDID REVIEW
The past 10 years have seen the introduction of legal and ethical protocols, funding criteria, and production guidelines, broadly designed to protect Indigenous control around the representation of First Nations’ knowledge and stories. Where have these changes been successful, and where are they failing? What do filmmakers need to be conscious of when making a film about Indigenous topics?
– INSIDE THE CREATIVE MIND OF DOCUMENTARY SOUND DESIGNERS
The role of sound design in filmmaking is often underestimated yet if the project of documentary filmmaking is to help shape our perception of the world around us, then sound is arguably the most important item in the documentarian’s tool kit. Whether sound is used to bring the of-screen to life, deepen our understanding through sensory perception, or immerse us in another world, this panel reflects on the different creative approaches to sound in non-fiction cinema.
– IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN WILSON
John Wilson is the brilliant young filmmaker behind the hit HBO show How To With John Wilson. In a world saturated with content, his show stands out as one of the most genuinely inspired, oddball and sneakily affecting works in contemporary TV, a small miracle in today’s mainstream entertainment landscape and a testament to the profound impact a single filmmaker can have on the way we perceive the word around us.