Digital Networks Australia’s female digital platform whimn.com.au (With Her in Mind Network) and Screen Australia, the Australian government’s main funding body for screen production, have unveiled the five documentary projects to receive backing through the second season of Doco180 funding.
Doco 180 provides Australian documentary makers the opportunity to shed light on topics important to Australian women. The project aims to fund up to five documentary shorts, each running a maximum three minutes in duration, with AU$6,000 per cycle.
Winners will be supported by a Screen Australia investment development manager through the entirety of the process.
Each 180-second film premieres on whimn.com.au and its associated social channels exclusively for 12 months from October 2018.
Applicants were asked to pitch surprising, emotional, relatable and informative content that appealed to Australian women, with the winning recipients addressing a range of universal female issues, from body hair and body image, to the reality of gender parity in small business ownership.
“We were hugely impressed by the insightful and compelling pitches from this year’s Doco180 entrants, which made it hard to select the final recipients,” said Melissa Shedden, editor of whimn.com.au, in a statement. “We’re very proud to be able to offer these talented female storytellers the chance to share these important issues with the whimn.com.au audience. Based on the success of Doco180 in 2017 achieving over 1.8 million views across the series we’re keen to see what 2018 has in store.”
“Now more than ever we need to see informative and passionate content by Australian women to shed light and challenge gender stereotypes,” added Liz Stevens (pictured), senior manager of documentary at Screen Australia. “These three minute documentaries have the potential to reach a large online audience through the Whimn platform.”
The Doco180 season two documentary makers follow below, with project descriptions provided by Screen Australia:
A Hairy Problem
Director/Producer: Rebecca Thomson
Women’s body hair is still a topic of much public discussion, judgment and shaming. But why is it anyone else’s business whether a woman chooses to mow or to grow?!
Asking For It
Producer: Mariel Thomas
Director: Blue Lucine
Fear, shame and intimidation prevent most sexual assault victims from ever taking legal action. How is it that the phrase “asking for it” still seems to have a place in society today?
Producer: Taylor Litton-Strain
Director: Hawanatu Bangura
We all have our inner demons, but is being a curvy woman a blessing or curse? We see Rosaline’s tug-of-war story and how she banished her demons to become a celebrated mixed race plus size model.
Writer: Holly Zwalf
Producer: Erin McBean
Can you be a solo mum and still have it all? And what exactly does it mean, these days, to truly ‘have it all’?
Together She Succeeds
Producers: Sam Weingott, Sascha Shipley
Director: Laura Clelland
As a female business owner and filmmaker, Laura Clelland believes the fight for gender parity has seen the rise of a ‘girls’ club’ where women support other women – but she’s putting her beliefs to the test to discover if there is a darker reality to acknowledge.