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At Why Documentaries our aim is to Question. Question Everything. Find. Find the real story and Share what we find with the world. We work locally but always with a global view.

We see our work as important on a number of levels.  To raise empathy. To enable equitable access to information. To showcase the positive.

We work on projects with all communities with culturally appropriate and in-language videos. We have worked with over 30 different communities. We do video, digital stories, animation, youtube videos, documentaries, short films and any video content.

We target audiences - sometimes the hardest audiences - to create positive behavioural change, whatever the message, there's a way to reach audiences effectively.

Some of the organisations we have worked with include University of Wollongong/University of NSW (Dementia/Homelessness Awareness Documentary), Wollongong City Council (awareness and education videos from surf safety, to living books, cross cultural awareness and history) Cancer Council - in Hindi, Vietnamese, Cancer Institute - Arabic, Cantonese/Mandarin, English, SES - If it's flooded, forget it campaign, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Department of Education, Dementia Australia (11 languages) and many others. Over 20 twenty years we have produced hundreds of hours of content.

Other subject areas  also include:

Forced Marriage * ID theft * Gambling * Elder Abuse * Mental Health * Fire Safety * Flood Safety *Gardening *Dementia *Carer Support *Military History *Industrial History *Nutrition *Healthy Living *Educational videos *Disability * Awareness campaigns across social,print, radio and online

Visit the link for an upcoming series on positive multicultural stories

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General Information

The Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob (Foxtel: History Channel/CCTV China)

Nominated for Best Australian Documentary 2015 Screen Producer's Association of Australia Awards 2015

Finalist NSW Premier's History Awards


Beneath Black Skies (Foxtel: History Channel Aus/NZ)

National Trust Heritage Award



2019 IMB Community Hero Award

2018 Premier’s Multicultural Communication Awards – Best use of Social Media

2016 Finalist Human Rights Award

2016 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards – Winner Best Small Business

2016 NSW Premiers History Awards Finalist – The Dalfram Dispute 1938

2015 Finalist Best Australian Documentary, SPAA – up against That Sugar Film and Gillian Armstrong Women He’s Undressed

2010 Winner National Trust Heritage Awards

2010 Grand Winner National Multicultural Marketing Awards


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