ABC Commercial content shines at AIDC

ABC Commercial content shines at AIDC


ABC Commercial proudly represents Revelation, Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra and You Can’t Ask That, currently in its fifth series

Two premiere factual programs from production company In Films had packed sessions at Australia’s premier event for documentary, factual & unscripted screen content, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), in Melbourne earlier this month.

The ABC’s award-winning reporter Sarah Ferguson discussed her latest passion project, Revelation, commissioned by the ABC, in conversation with Stephen Oliver, Documentary Manager. A ground-breaking documentary series on the criminal priests and brothers of the Catholic Church, Revelation lays bare their crimes – for the first time in their own words.

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra was also the subject of a feature panel. Tracking the pivotal year approaching its 30th Anniversary, Firestarter tells the story of the Bangarra Dance Theatre through the eyes of their long standing and charismatic artistic director, Stephen Page. Page and co-director Nel Minchin talked about their latest project in front of a full house, discussing the film’s source material – a combination of intimate observational material, candid interviews and a treasure trove of personal and company archive, revealing an uplifting story of triumph against the odds.

ABC Commercial has world distribution rights for both of these amazing programs.

ABC Commercial’s Acquisitions Manager Kirsty Divehall and Formats Sales Manager Katherine McMillan represented the business at AIDC. Divehall had a full calendar of meetings with production partners while McMillan took part in the Australian Formats, Global Reach session to discuss the phenomenon that is ABC’s most successful format to date, You Can’t Ask That and new kid on the block The Great Australian Bee Challenge. Both shows have had recent format sales with You Can’t Ask That now in production in Spain, Norway and Poland, as well as many other territories around the world; The Great Australian Bee Challenge has now been optioned in Belgium, France, the US and The Netherlands.

ABC Commercial at AIDC