Film, philanthropy and the biology of hope

Q: What makes a great cause-related documentary? A: a great documentary made by amazingly driven people, as demonstrated by the Documentary Australia Foundation and Film Victoria.
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The first appearance of the Documentary Australia Foundation was a provocation. Ian Darling, a well connected documentary filmmaker, popped up in public to challenge creators with an idea: film and philanthropy is a natural fit. Can we learn to work together?

The idea resonated because a lot of filmmakers were feeling left out of a funding system which was reflexively hostile to ‘propaganda’, but documentarians are often driven by passion for a cause. While crusading was a vice in mainstream television, it was a virtue to philanthropists dedicated to cause-related expenditure. 

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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.