Secret Surprise Films, Happy Endings and Finding Your Pain: Alex Gibney Discusses Motivations in Storytelling

Keynote Join one of documentary's most prolific filmmakers to explore truth and storytelling.

For more than twenty years director and producer Alex Gibney has cracked many of the big stories of our time – Scientology, WikiLeaks, war, Silicon Valley, the military and last year the coronavirus response in the US and Russian troll farms attacking democracy.

Totally Under Control and Agents of Chaos are the latest instalments from this prolific filmmaker whose body of work spans more than thirty-five films and countless revelatory screen moments. This session will reveal Alex’s motivations, his desire for difficult stories and his relentless pursuit of answers in the age of fake news. How does one of our greatest factual storytellers move past the doomscrolling and into a space of activism?


Image Credit: Totally Under Control, Jigsaw Productions, 2020


  • Date & Time

    9:30 – 11:00, Monday 1 March 2021

  • Venue

    ACMI Stage

  • Speaker

    Alex Gibney

  • Moderator

    Alicia Brown

  • Session Producer

    Alicia Brown