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Production   /  Kate Hodges


voxdocs is a series of short documentary films that will provide a provocative look at the performing arts in Australia


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  • DIRECTOR Maya Newell, Hollie Fifer, Alex Wu, Maria Tran, Santilla Chingaipe, Tamara Whyte, Ian Darling, Cornel Ozies

  • PRODUCER Kate Hodges



Voxdocs is a short film initiative showcasing the work of eight independent documentary filmmakers. Each will be invited to create a 3-5 minute film that will be included in a portfolio of thematic documentaries exploring our relationship to the performing arts in Australia. As a collaboration with Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, the films will be launched on the newspaper’s platforms to complement the October ‘Arts and Culture’ edition of the Good Weekend magazine.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The performing arts sector across Australia, from large companies to small regional theatres, festivals, venues, performers and the workers behind the scenes, has been decimated by the pandemic enforced lockdowns. Some venues may never reopen, and many performers will be out of work for months or years.

This series of shorts will explore our relationship to the performing arts. During a time when the creative output of performers, online, has never been more needed and valued, what is the fate of the industry post-lockdown? How will arts companies survive? What are the creative solutions keeping artists performing? Has the performing arts sector been effective in articulating its value and relevance?


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

By showcasing 8 short, accessible films that explore our relationship to the performing arts in Australia we aim to promote awareness and appreciation of performing arts and the critical role it plays in connecting us and shaping how we think about ourselves and the world.


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

By amplifying the reporting of the Good Weekend these shareable, short films will engage and inspire a younger and more diverse audience. We hope they will underline the importance of nurturing and supporting the performing arts and will ignite conversations about the value of artists and arts companies. The films will introduce the audience to range of artists and performing arts companies and each film will offer a ‘call to action’ relevant to the subject matter. These could include – support through donations, ticket sales to performances, views & streams online.


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

The key partner for voxdocs is the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. They will host the films and promote widely to their existing readership. In addition, each film will partner with an artist or arts organisation and we will work with these to promote the films and engage with their fanbase, subscribers or community to share and celebrate the work of each performer.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

1. Increase support or engagement with featured organisations or artists - by clicking through to a highlighted URL in the credits.

2. Donating to community or regional performing arts organisations

3. Support for voxdocs as an ongoing initiative to support other aspects of arts and culture in Australia by producing regular slates of short films

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Donations to performing arts organisations; increased ticket sales or subscribers to artists performances and social media channels; re-commissioning of voxdocs