Having run the Australian International Documentary Conference for the last four years, Alice Burgin has accumulated a valuable sense of the big picture about documentary in a world engulfed in change.
To even hold the conference as a partly virtual event in Melbourne, she has endured an exhausting snap lockdown. ‘What about the fifty staff members and the small studios at ACMI that are helping us to deliver the conference?’ she said. ‘So it’s been a pretty stressful weekend. You know it can happen, but then it happens. And we’re like really? Really? Anyway.’