Make them, watch them, bend them: some documentary notes

Care about docs? This is why you should.

I keep trying to share my theoretical vision that documentary can be a form of poetry, small but potent, part of life but not a profession, It is not just a cool trick to get around the sentries, it is also a beautiful way of living.

Here is Beau Miles. Since he is a talented presenter he has made the spotlight a few times so you may have seen him. He has that documentary thing down pat, though he could edit a bit more tightly. Let’s just say he has a leisurely sense of rhythm, backed by a good crew and some lovely drone work. 


Melbourne born, New York consultant on the global scene Peter Hamilton is a master of summaries and dot points. His latest post is a general summation of Netflix’s dilemmas, with added video, which ultimately points out that Netflix is a substantial asset to the documentary sector, no matter what happens in other content types. 

It is seriously worth reading.


Madman is on the sales trail with a pre-Christmas blast about its documentary streaming service Docplay.

DocPlay now has;

  • Over 550 feature films on the service, and over 100 documentary series
  • A focus on topics including history, politics, sport, fashion & science
  • A growing and significant number of exclusive titles not available on any other streaming platform
  • More than 30 Academy Award nominated documentaries, and hundreds more with awards and film festival pedigree
  • New titles now added twice a week, every week

We are also very proud that over 40% of content on the platform continues to be Australian and New Zealand stories – DocPlay is definitely the home for locally produced quality documentary content.

All true. 


Perth Revelations Film Festival is slowly accreting a very fine catalogue of (mostly) bent films that can be streamed for free or a small fee.


And one of Australia’s truly classy short documentaries (or fictions if you prefer) was made with a lot more resources than Beau Miles’ part time moving meditations. Judas Collar is now available in full on Vimeo after a determined campaign to crack the shortlist for the Oscars. 

What is more, the same site has a bunch of shorts about the making of the film. They are really worth watching. 

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.