Stan: four new Australian documentaries announced

Stan's factual slate includes Trailblazers, the inspiring story of Australian women's football, and three investigatory stories of corruption. abuse and scandal.

Four new original documentaries were announced today as part of Stan’s showcase at the Sydney Opera House. They include Trailblazers, the transformational journey of Australian women’s football, and three documentaries from Stan’s investigatory Revealed slate, made in collaboration with journalists from Nine’s 60 Minutes, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.


Showcasing the story of the Matildas, Australia’s national Women’s Football team, Trailblazers will premiere ahead of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 in August and September.

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Created by an all-female production team, Trailblazers features past Matildas legends including first captain Julie Dolan, and current stars Captain Sam Kerr, Vice-Captain Steph Catley, Mary Fowler, Ellie Carpenter, Teagan Micah, Melissa Barbieri, Kate Gill and Moya Dodd. Trailblazers also features contributions from ex Socceroos Captain and Stan Sport commentator Craig Foster, Coach Tommy Sermanni and the first Indigenous female player Karen Menzies. 

Trailblazers is a Savage Films, Milestone Films and LM Films Production. Principal Production Funding from Mecca M-Power in association with Screen Australia and VicScreen. Developed with the assistance of VicScreen.

Three Original Documentaries in Stan’s investigatory Revealed slate were also announced.

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Revealed: Bribe, Inc.

The Age and 60 Minutes journalist Nick McKenzie uncovers global corruption in the oil industry. Examining Monaco-based business Unaoil’s global bribery scandal and exclusively featuring the whistleblower who brought the crimes into the open, Bribe, Inc. details the company’s audacious corruption and resulting widespread damage, investigating a slew of multi-million dollar bribes paid on behalf of some of the biggest companies in the world. An Australian Canadian collaboration, produced by 1441 Productions, directed by Peter Klein, and written and produced by Peter Klein and Calyn Shaw.

Revealed: Killjoy

The story of a family homicide, Revealed: KillJoy offers the unique view of family violence from the perspective of the child. Kathryn Joy, whose father killed their mother when they were three months old, embarks on a journey to uncover their mother’s buried story. Produced by Lisa Albert, with associate producers Kathryn Joy and Jess Hill (See What You Made Me Do). Project Advisor is Ivan O’Mahoney (Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra, Folau). Killjoy is directed by Vincenzo Lamberti (Intervention: Stories from the Inside).

A Fringe Dweller Films production for Stan with principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with The Post Lounge, VicScreen and Shark Island Foundation. Developed with assistance from Shark Island Foundation, VicScreen and Screen Australia.

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Revealed: Malka Leifer

Revealed: Malka Leifer explores a harrowing abuse scandal in Melbourne. After years of unspeakable abuse at the hands of their headmistress, three sisters near the end of a quest for justice two decades in the making. Raised in an isolated ultra-orthodox Jewish community, hidden in plain sight in Melbourne’s southeast, the sisters are finally set to face their tormentor in court. This marks the culmination of a saga of betrayal, conspiracy, international intrigue and deep trauma that has taken a huge personal toll. Will the sisters get justice and if so, at what price?

Malka Leifer received principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with Stan. Financed with support from Screen NSW, VicScreen and philanthropy via Documentary Australia. The film is produced by Ivan O’Mahoney for In Films, Joel Pearlman and Edwina Waddy Roadshow Films, and directed by Adam Kamien, in association with Fremantle, who will also handle international distribution of the series.

Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk