Short Docs

Session 2: Short Docs

A selection of three short documentaries commissioned by SBS during the early 00’s under initiatives for emerging filmmakers.


Where: Brookfield Hall, Margate
When:  Saturday 17th September
Time: 3pm
Session Time: 88 mins
Speaker:  Director, Troy Melville

Testing Taklo (2004) - directed by Troy Melville

Taklo, an Ethiopian refugee, is desperate for his driver’s licence. All appears bleak until Helen, his next door neighbour, comes to his aid.

Bio of Director Troy Melville

Troy Melville is the creative director of production company Move Media, specialists in factual content. A producer and director, his first documentary Testing Taklo (Writer/Director) was commissioned by SBS in 2004 for the series Inside Australia.   Since then he has directed Episode 3 on Alive & Kicking, a 4x26 minute series commissioned by SBS (2008), was associate producer on the one-hour documentary Stormsurfers, for Discovery Asia (2008).  Troy produced and directed Andrew, sauveteur de Baleines en Tasmanie, a 26min documentary for France 3 and Les échouages de baleines en Tasmanie, a 55min documentary for Thalassa Cable in 2007/2008 as a co-production between Move Media and MVC.  Troy’s previous work includes short film promising (2006, Producer) and The Magic Bullet a 52 minute documentary for SBS (2006, Assistant Director). Currently Troy is developing two feature length documentaries as Australian French co-productions.

De Witt Island, 7001 (2003) – directed by Ella Kennedy

The story of a woman, who at 18 ran away to live on one of most remote and inhospitable islands off Tasmania.





South Hobart, 7004 (2003) – directed by Ranald Allan

New age mountain men.

Bio of Director Ranald Allan

Ranald has been working as a writer, script editor and development consultant for film and television since 1981. Prior to that he spent five years working with Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land and NSW.

He has run screenwriting courses for Curtin and Murdoch universities, Screen Tasmania, Film Victoria and Screen Australia.  He ran the Script Office for Screen West and has worked as an assessor for Screen Australia, SBS and Screen Tasmania. For six years he assessed all of Film Victoria’s Fiction Script Development projects and has worked as a lecturer for the UK-based Script Factory.

As well as numerous writing credits for television, Ranald’s feature film writing credits include ‘The Crossing’ and ‘Deadly’ which was nominated as Best Original Feature in the AWGIE Awards. Ranald is a published author and has been awarded a Literature Board Fellowship. He is currently working as a development manager at Screen Australia.