AIDC 2017 Impact Strategy Hack Documentaries Announced

9 February 2017

We are pleased to announce the projects selected to participate in the AIDC 2017  Impact Strategy Hack , presented by Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF).

Relating to the chosen 2017 themes of ‘Race & Reconciliation’ and ‘Environment & Sustainability’, the two documentaries are Kimberley Project and Cultivating Murder. The films will be ‘hacked’ during two special AIDC 2017 sessions on Tuesday 7 March (Day Passes available now).

In the Hack sessions, both film teams will present their projects to a panel of national and international experts in the impact field, as well to an audience, in order to gain advice on how to develop a powerful film campaign to maximise each film's social impact potential.


Kimberley Project investigates the threats to remote Aboriginal communities in the face of an unprecedented land grab. As mining and big agriculture drive into the Kimberley, will Traditional Owners have a hand in shaping their futures, or will Aboriginal people lose their homelands once again?

Director Nicholas Wrathall is an award-winning director and producer known for his acclaimed documentaries Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (Tribeca, IFC Films), Abandoned: The Betrayal of America’s Immigrants, and his short documentaries Endless Caravan, Haitian Eksperyans , and The Modern Gulag . Writer Stephanie King is best known for the critically-acclaimed feature Observance (London Film Festival, Umbrella/Shoreline Entertainment) and other documentary projects such as Toothmob (Charlie Perkins Trust and Aurora Foundation) and the KALACC festival. Steve Kinnane is also a producer.


Cultivating Murder is a film about land clearing, global warming and cold blooded murder. On the 29 th of July 2014, Glen Turner, a compliance officer with the Office of Environment and Heritage, was shot three times and died on the side of an isolated public road 40kms from the rural town of Moree by one of the wealthiest farmers in the state.

Producer/director Gregory Miller's recent credits include Breaker Morant: The Retrial (History Channel); Cool School Antarctica (NHK, Nickelodeon); and Memories of the Struggle, multi-screen videos for The Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra. Georgia Wallace-Crabbe has a host of credits as co-creator/writer/director/producer across a long list of documentary projects including The Earth and the Elements (UNSW Galleries), Memories of the Struggle, These Heathen Dreams and New Beijing: Reinventing a City amongst others. Additional producers include John Moore, Sensible Films and Lisa Horler, Sensible Films.


“There are so many powerful films to be made and there has never been a more important time to share these stories,” said Documentary Australia Foundation CEO and Impact Strategy Hack juror Mitzi Goldman.

“It was a very tough decision to get to the short list (which was quite long) and then to select two finalists. I hope the other contenders will also benefit from observing the Impact Strategy Hack and I encourage all of the applicants to keep in touch, become part of the DAF family, attend workshops, keep their pages updated and stay informed and active. We need your stories and we are here to help you make change happen, so keep up the great work. Now is the time!”

The expert hackers will be talking across four topics including: strategic leadership; partnership; distribution and marketing; and funding and assessment.

The ‘Hackers’ for The Kimberley Project include Alex Kelly (Echotango), Courtney Botfield (Good Ship), David Vadiveloo (Community Prophets) and Fiona Menzies (Creative Partnerships Australia).

Cultivating Murder will be hacked by Teri Calder (Media Stockade), James Franklin (Assemble), Jason Kimberley (Cool Australia), Tim Norton (Save the Children) and Malinda Wink (Shark Island).

Moderated by Documentary Australia Foundation CEO Mitzi Goldman, the Impact Strategy Hack will be open to all AIDC 2017 registrants wishing to attend and potentially provide audience comments.

The Impact Strategy Hack takes place on Tuesday 7 March as part of AIDC 2017’s Impact Day, featuring the Keynote Address – Gender, Tech & Resistance – by US documentary filmmaker and developer of the Circle 0f 6 app Nancy Schwartzman, and a special screening of 2016 Impact Strategy Hack alumnus film Defiant Lives , about the development of the worldwide disability rights movement.

Access to Impact Day sessions is available to All Access Pass-holders, and Day 3 (Tuesday) Pass-holders – with registration open now.