August Forum: The Documentary Podcast Phenomenon

Join us at AFTRS Sydney for our August forum:

    • Wednesday August 14, 2019. 6pm for 6:30 start.
    • Presented by OzDox at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School 
    • Building 130 Bent Street at the Entertainment Quarter (next to Fox Studios), Moore Park
    • Entry by donation ($5  – $10 recommended)
    • Join us afterwards for social networking IRL + drinks at the Bavarian Bier Cafe! Cash bar.
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It’s been almost a century since John Grierson coined the term “documentary” in a film review and later described documentaries as “the creative treatment of actuality”. Now, in the post-convergence transmedia era, documentarians and factual storytellers are using new media and new technologies to bring rich, immersive true stories to new audiences. Since the game-changing true crime podcast ‘Serial’ (2014), podcast listeners — and subsequently, the opportunities for production — have increased exponentially. How are they made? How are they funded or monetised? How do you find and engage with your audience? Start listening… and join the conversation with our expert panel of Australian documentary & factual podcast creators!


  •  Kate Montague, Director & Founder, Audiocraft
  • Ruby Jones, Presenter & Producer, ABC: Unravel ‘Barrenjoey Road’
  • Sabrina Organo, Producer of ‘The Burial Files‘ and Creative Producer of Multimedia at the State Library of NSW
  • Alexx Stuart, Producer & Presenter, ‘Low Tox Life
  • WITH an exclusive audio update from Hedley Thomas of The Australian’scontroversial true crime hit ‘The Teacher’s Pet‘, which has now had over 50 million downloads.

Kate Montague, Director & Founder, Audiocraft
Kate Montague is a director and founder of Audiocraft. Audiocraft host a yearly festival for audio creators and make podcasts through their Agency. As a producer and executive producer Kate has worked on audio projects for Audible; the ABC’s Earshot, This Is About, Pocketdocs and Long Story Short programs; the CBC’s Love Me podcast; and NPR’s Snap Judgement. She has also led podcast workshops at the Sydney Opera House, Screen QLD, Spotify, and the NSW Writers Centre.



 Ruby Jones, Presenter & Producer, ABC: Unravel ‘Barrenjoey Road’

Ruby Jones is an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked across Australia. She started her career reporting on crime and justice in the Northern Territory, before joining Triple J as the news host on the breakfast show. Ruby’s work has appeared across ABC digital and on the ABC’s flagship TV current affairs programs 7.30 and Lateline.



Sabrina Organo, Producer of ‘The Burial Files‘ and Creative Producer of Multimedia at the State Library of NSW
Sabrina Organo is a factual producer who has spent the last couple of decades working across TV, film, web, art and installation projects. Most recently she has focused on producing exhibition content, including for the Australian Museum, National Museum of Australia, Bradman Museum, Newcastle Museum and Australian Centre for Design. As the Creative Producer of Multimedia at the State Library of NSW, she produced the exhibition Dead Central (on display until May 2020) and its companion podcast The Burial Files. Her video work is showing in A Midnight Visit – the immersive theatrical experience by Broad Encounters currently touring Australia.


Alexx Stuart, Producer & Presenter, ‘Low Tox Life

Alexx Stuart is the author of “Low Tox Life” and the founder of the thriving online education hub by the same name, made up of several e-courses, a podcast (one of the highest ranked in the health category in Australia), recipes, articles and community action resources for an ever growing community of people wanting to be healthier and make our planet happier. She’s an educator, change agent, author, columnist, speaker and consultant at the forefront of a movement that’s non-judgmental and tough on the system that got us here.


Forum producer and host: Felicity Blake, The Dove Media
Felicity is a documentarian, creative producer and impact producer. As a platform-agnostic factual storyteller, Felicity has broad experience in feature film & TV documentaries, multiplatform delivery, podcasting, transmedia, and live events. She enjoys experimenting with documentary form and exploring the social impact applications of emerging tech (like VR / AR / 360).  ​A committed advocate for progressive social change, Felicity is a Fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress, and a passionate creator of social impact campaigns for documentaries. She also produces the podcast and digital media project The Periodic Table of Awesome.


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