Social Impact Doco Masterclass

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

Have an important story to tell? Join this Social Impact Documentary Master Class to get critical information on how to raise awareness and create change through documentary filmmaking. Producer/Director Madeleine Hetherton co-founded the Social Impact documentary company Media Stockade and will share the secrets of the trade to getting your film (or TV Series) made and seen by a wide audience.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Through recent film case studies, practical production teaching and detailed strategies, this class will give you the tools you need to:

  • Decide if your project is suited to be a film/series- what is the most suitable platform

  • Find finance for your project

  • Distribute your finished project and find the widest possible audience


This course is not a hands-on filmmaking course - it is about learning about strategies for getting your important project made and seen. If you have absolutely no Industry exposure or experience we suggest you do our Intro To Documentary course first.


Madeleine is an experienced director and producer who has worked across a wide range of documentary and top rating factual programs. In 2012 she co-founded the independent production company Media Stockade with Rebecca Barry.

Her filmmaking has taken her around the world from diamond diving in Africa to wildlife trafficking in Burma and through the remote Australian outback. Most recently, Madeleine has been in West Africa, Series Producing The Surgery Ship for National Geographic Channel. The series, based on the earlier single documentary, follows stories aboard the world’s largest civilian hospital ship as it roams the coast of Africa.

Her other long form directing includes the documentary series ‘Making Babies’ (SBS) reviewed as ‘fascinating and moving’, ‘Beats Across Borders’ (ABC /Cirque du Soleil) and feature doc ‘Love In Our Own Time’. Her films have won and been nominated for many local and international awards.

She has extensive experience in television documentary and factual programs shooting and producing for major production companies such as Endemol Southern Star, IMG Media, ITVS & Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder. She has produced and shot on over 60 episodes of the top rating ‘Bondi Rescue’ (Ch10/Nat Geo) as well as popular series such as ‘The Nest’ (SBS), ‘Last Chance Surgery’ (Ch7/Discovery) ‘The Poker Star’ (Ch10), the popular ‘Outback Truckers’ (Ch 7) and Keeping Australia Alive (ABC/ITVS).


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