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UC Capitals Documentary

Uncover the history of Australia's most successful women's basketball program as they chase their first-ever three-peat.


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  • DIRECTOR Lachlan Ross

  • PRODUCER Dylan Simpson



Since 1987, The UC Capitals have grown to become the most successful WNBL team in history and Canberra’s most awarded national sporting team.

Before women’s sport had progressed to its current status, the Caps were selling out tickets at the AIS Arena, pioneering diversity and equality within sport, and creating a unifying, unbreakable bond with their home city.

Throughout this journey there have been highs and lows, breakthroughs and stumbles, but one thing remains; the UC Capitals are, always have been, and always will be trailblazers.

With unprecedented access, follow the 2020/21 team as they chase their first ever three-peat during a global pandemic; and through a series of interviews and archival footage, uncover the foundation and legacy of Australia’s most successful women’s basketball team.

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9.24% funded
  • $80,000.00

  • $7,390.00

  • 45

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Adrian Daniel $50.00
Dane Pollock $100.00
Kelvin Barrie $200.00
Jess Spaleta $100.00
Cheryl Paku $500.00
Jenna Paku $250.00
Anonymous $50.00
Anna Fetterplace $100.00
Shelley Macleod $50.00
Brett Frawley $500.00
Adele Simpson $1,000.00
Katie McDonagh $50.00
Nicole Pluss $100.00
David Simpson $1,000.00
Carol Ey $200.00
Anonymous $200.00
Claudia Cresswell $200.00
Anonymous $50.00
Anonymous $100.00
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Brooke Ary $100.00
Renee Appaneal $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
Matthew Logan $100.00
Millie Macleod $100.00
Emily Rush $100.00
Nicole Lawder $200.00
Rachel Morgan $20.00
Glenn Williams $50.00
Jenna Paku $200.00
Anonymous $50.00
Sarah McAppion $50.00
Jesse Wilesmith $100.00
Renee Emerson $20.00
Anonymous $100.00
Margaret Oxley $50.00
Heather Smith $100.00
Sean Butler $100.00
Catharine Turner $50.00
Sarah Borman $50.00
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Tim Wicks $500.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

This documentary reveals the trials and triumphs of professional female athletes through the lens of the UC Capitals basketball franchise. As nine-time national champions, the franchise has become trailblazers not only due to their success, but also through their advocacy for women's equality, racism awareness, and their support of the LGBTIQ+ community.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Our vision is to normalise and hero the broadcasting and media coverage of women in sport and provide inspiring, world-class, female role models for future generations.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

- To broadcast the unheard voices of some of Australia’s most successful athletes
- To generate a greater community understanding of the experiences women face as professional athletes
- To promote greater inclusion and access to sport for women
- To inspire all viewers to persevere through setbacks and pursue their personal and professional goals
- To promote inspiring female role models in sport


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Through unprecedented access to the UC Capitals team during the 2020/21 season, the audience will experience the trials and tribulations of professional sport through the lens of female athletes in real time. On top of the already strenuous requirements of elite sport, the team will also be overcoming the adversity of a global pandemic and the accompanying isolation from their family and friends. This footage will be paired with a series of interviews and archival footage that articulates the history and ground-breaking accomplishments of the UC Capitals franchise.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have the support of the UC Capitals and UC Director of Sport, Carrie Graf AM (14x WNBL Champion and Basketball Australia Hall of Famer). Carrie Graf and the UC Capitals organisation have been pivotal in ensuring the authenticity of the documentary and can further assist by introducing the filmmakers to value-aligned corporate bodies who may wish to financially support the film. We have also partnered with Basketball Australia via Lauren Jackson who will support the promotion and licensing of archival WNBL footage.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

- To engage with female sport more consistently
- To view female sport as its own unique product
- To discuss solutions about bridging the salary disparity between genders
- To create more content about women in sport

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

- An increased participation rate of females in sport
- An increased production of female sporting documentaries