I’m Josh and I’m a documentary filmmaker. I studied a degree in Media Studies (hons) at Murdoch – now the Bachelor of Creative Media in Screen Production – and an Advanced Diploma in Video Production, before going on to complete a Masters in Documentary at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
I now have over ten years’ experience working in production. My documentary directing credits include A Dollar for the Good Ones and Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever, both of which won Best Documentary at the WA Screen Awards. I also made The World Film Project, which focuses on sustainability and was filmed throughout Central America and Asia, and A Guide to North Korea, which is about the fledgling tourism industry in that country. Most recently, I spent two months working in Java after being awarded the 2020 John Darling Fellowship for ethnographic filmmaking.
I have predominantly worked for myself since graduating, which has been immensely fulfilling. I’ve had opportunities to work around the world in places like Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cambodia, Indonesia and North Korea. I’ve worked on events, commercials, online content, corporate films and of course, documentaries. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with Indigenous communities throughout Australia.
I’ve had a rewarding career so far, and I’m excited about what lays ahead for me.
The content was fascinating and I was introduced to many documentary filmmakers, such as Dennis O’Rourke and Bob Connolly, whose films profoundly impacted me.
Coming from a fatherless home in a low socio-economic area myself, I was interested in understanding why the statistics around suicide, depression, addiction, and incarceration are skewed so heavily toward men with similar backgrounds.
The film was recently broadcast by the ABC and I was overwhelmed by the support I received for the film and its topic. I feel privileged to have been granted permission to tell this story and I’m glad it has resonated with so many people already.
I made A Dollar for the Good Ones while I was still at Murdoch, and it played in festivals all over the world. I also made a film during my honour’s year called Super Detox Me.
It was great to have been granted the freedom to embark on two really ambitious projects during my time at uni.
Use your electives to your advantage. I branched out and took some incredible units outside of my chosen discipline, which really broadened my perspective. My favourite units included Environmental Studies, Environmental Politics, Economics, and Cultural Studies.
Also, try to appreciate your time at university. It’s such a fun and intellectually stimulating environment and you are free from a lot of the pressures you face later in life, so make the most of it!