2015 DocWeek In-Conversation


Tuesday 24 February 2015





With Joost den Hartog, Director of AIDC’s NET-WORK-PLAY
and hosted by Sandy George, film presenter on SBS

DocWeek special guest Erin Lee Carr has cancelled her Australian commitments following the shock news of her father’s death and will no longer attend an exclusive In-Conversation at DocWeek.

Last Thursday, David Carr collapsed in the New York Times newsroom and died from complications from lung cancer and heart disease. Mr Carr was an esteemed American author, journalist and columnist at The New York Times, where he penned the Media Equation column and created Carpetbagger, a feature for the Hollywood awards season.

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Mercury Cinema and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) have combined forces to present an alternative replacement In-Conversation session, featuring Joost den Hartog, Director of AIDC’s NET-WORK-PLAY and hosted by Sandy George, film presenter on SBS. He will talk about how and why his interactions with David Carr lead him to invite Erin Lee Carr to Australia, and how their work speaks to the themes and aims of NET-WORK-PLAY. After many years as the driving force behind AIDC, this will include delving into his own thoughts on the future of the digital space and online creativity.

We apologise for any inconvenience this change has caused, but our thoughts and best wishes are with Erin and her family at this difficult time.


Joost den Hartog is Executive Director of AIDC Ltd. the not for profit company behind NET-WORK-PLAY, and its predecessor the Australian International Documentary Conference. AIDC Ltd is a 27 year old peak organisation for the factual film and television industries which holds annual events with a strong reputation for bringing the Australian and international factual content industry together for an extensive conference program and marketplace. Joost also curated the 2013 and 2014 Adelaide DocWeek festivals. 2015 marks his tenth year as Executive Director of AIDC.

Joost is originally from the Netherlands, and moved to Australia 10 years ago. Before moving down under, Joost held senior positions at film festivals around the world. Joost has studied anthropology in the Netherlands and trained as a chef. Joost holds a master in Screen Arts and Business, and specialises in media convergence. Joost will shortly start a new career as they digital content manager at The Royal Institution of Australia, curating and marketing the Australian Science Channel.

Sandy George presents films on SBS One, is Australian correspondent for the trade publications Screen International and www.screendaily.com, and regularly writes for SBS.com.au/movies and others. She undertakes research and writing for the industry: creating pitch documents for producers, for example, and major reports for government agencies. She regularly chairs panel discussions and master classes, lectures on all aspects of the Australian film industry including government policy, and produces videos for online usage. She has been editor of trade magazine Encore, film writer for the daily newspaper The Australian, helped produce daily magazines during the Cannes Film Festival, trained people for major pitching competitions and consulted on media ownership and tax-based investment.

DocWeek 2015: 20-25 February
DocWeek is Australia’s international documentary event – a celebration of documentary film presented at the Mercury Cinema, the home of screen culture in South Australia.

This year marks the third edition of DocWeek and the programme features fourteen sessions including five films curated by Toronto International Film Festival documentary and DOC NYC programmer Thom Powers, a number of exclusive DocWeek preview sessions where the work of accomplished documentarians will present new works for the very first time as well as other special events.

A highlight of this year’s festival is your opportunity to hear New York based filmmaker Erin Lee Carr in conversation as she discusses online storytelling, distribution and her success in unearthing social nerves on film that have resulted in more than 25 million online views. This is a FREE event supported by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.

DocWeek is coordinated by the Media Resource Centre in partnership with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and presented in conjunction with AIDC’s NetWorkPlay.



Co-presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Mercury Cinema and Media Resource Centre


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