Exit interview: Alice Burgin finds joy in changing future

With a unique overview, Alice Burgin concludes that 'good, good people with the right attitude can make huge amounts of change.'

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.’

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.