Lara van Raay

Lara is a writer, director, camera operator, producer and editor. She has been involved in the production of over 60 short films and documentaries, working in the media industry for over 25 years.

She is focused on creating stories that engage, entertain and educate and most recently enjoyed doing that with the multi-award winning web-series, and headline program at
Ten Days on the Island festival, Women of the Island.

She was production manager for the NITV special 'Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky' with Roar Film in 2020, and had the roles of production manager, assistant director and second camera for the 4 x 1 hour travel series 'A World of Colours: Australia' for ZED that aired on French channel 'Voyage'.

Prior to starting her own filmmaking business, Lara was a producer for the Australian Broadcast Corporation in Hobart for 5 years. Her work creating written, photographic, radio and video content was broadcast on local ABC radio, Radio National, ABCNews24, Weekend Breakfast, Landline, Australia Wide, ABC iView and extensively through the various social media accounts of the ABC, such as ABC Open, ABC TV, ABC News and ABC Local radio station accounts.

Her work is always of broadcast standard and presented to reach the highest audience possible. An example of this would be a community led film shared on social media 3.2 million times. Examples of Lara's personal work can be found here.

Lara's documentary 'Palestine, Beer & Oktoberfest Under Occupation' won Best Australian Documentary and People's Choice Award at the WOW Film Festival 2010, was nominated for an ATOM award and has officially screened at Dungog Film Festival, International Film Festival Ireland, Global Peace Film Festival and Queen's International Film Festival. It is currently being distributed through IndieFlix.

Her short documentary ‘
Nik & Ned’ was nominated for best short documentary at the St Kilda Film Festival and has screened all over Australia.

She recently edited the critically acclaimed, Walkley Award nominated feature documentary, Mary Meets Mohammad, which screened in cinemas, with a cutdown version screening on ABC’s Compass.

Lara’s career began at Foxtel as a promo producer, a role she loved for 15 years, including work for companies such as the creative agency Bruce Dunlop and Assoc. in the UK, National Geographic Channel in Sydney, and MBC in Dubai. Lara also freelanced as a promo producer for the Commonwealth Games and Showtime.

Lara has also run many workshops including two intensive workshops on how to make short form documentary and is currently a teacher at the creative school The Foundry.

She has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications - Media Production).

 


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