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SBS on the hunt for new Untold Australia stories

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SBS is inviting pitches of one-hour observational documentaries for the fifth season of the acclaimed Untold Australia, a series that unearths some of the most fascinating and unreported stories from Australia’s diverse communities.

The brief is broad and documentary makers are encouraged to submit a range of ideas and tones that explore and celebrate Australia’s diverse and multicultural communities.

What they will all have in common is that they will be contemporary character-led worlds with unfolding, untold stories that will surprise and occasionally shock.

In 2018, Untold Australia featured a range of stories including Lebanese Beauty Queens, Outback Rabbis, Australia’s Forgotten Island and Behind the Blue Line.

The new season of Untold Australia (up to 4 x 1 hours) will screen on SBS in 2019.

SBS Head of Documentaries, Joseph Maxwell said: “Untold Australia is a returning strand on SBS that allows a diversity of voices and stories to be explored. We are, once again, looking for more surprising and moving stories that give an insight into modern multicultural Australia.

“SBS is known for commissioning bold and fascinating documentaries and the aim of Untold Australia is to shine a light on some of the people we don’t get to see on our screens so often and hear their amazing stories.”

Applicants are required to submit their proposals with ‘Untold Australia Submission’ in the subject line to   by 7 January 2019:

Proposals must include the following:

  • 3-5 page proposal for an original one-hour documentary
  • 2-5 minute teaser character reel

After a competitive live pitching session at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) between 3-6 March 2019, SBS will commit a total development funding of up to $60,000 to the successful projects.

AIDC CEO/Conference Director, Alice Burgin said: “AIDC and SBS are natural partners. Not only are both organisations committed to the sustainability of Australian content, but we are both passionate about ensuring the continuing visibility of diverse voices that define multicultural Australia.

“We hope that through this opportunity, AIDC and SBS will be able to provide even greater visibility for these important works, while giving all our delegates a look at the mysterious world of commissioning”