3.1.1. Plenary

Date:  Friday 9 October
Time: 9:00AM - 10:20AM
Location: Hall L

Session Type: Plenary

Mr Stephen Oliver, Producer, writer and director, Stephen Oliver Productions, Australia

MC: Mr James Bennett, Key Account Manager, IDP Education (Australia)

Keynote address: Hiding the broccoli under the chips’: learning the power of storytelling on screen (1212)

Stephen has written and directed films for many of the world’s most prestigious broadcasters on all manner of subjects from polygamous pop stars to Islamic extremists and even the odd heroic marsupial. He has garnered widespread critical acclaim in both Australia and the UK for his diverse slate of work, which is characterized by blending slick entertainment with an important message. He likes to describe this as “hiding the broccoli under the chips” hence the title of his keynote address. He will explain how he got into making films and television, featuring his very first mentor in television, the world renowned writer and anthropologist Desmond Morris who since writing the infamous bestseller The Naked Ape in 1967 has long been a master at making fact even more interesting than fiction.

Stephen has subsequently made both entertaining and informative films, which have been broadcast in many countries across the world. On the broccoli side of the scale, Stephen wrote and directed “What’s the Catch?” in 2014 - a hard-hitting investigative series which exposed the complex truth about Australia’s seafood and launched a successful political campaign to change the law regarding seafood labeling. What’s the Catch? was nominated for a Rockie Award at the 2015 BANFF World Media Festival, and Stephen will soon be teaming up with presenter Matthew Evans again for a brand new series about meat. On the chips side, Stephen wrote and directed “Stop Laughing, this is serious” in 2015 - a smash hit 3 part series on the history of Australian comedy and previously “Chateau Chunder: A Wine Revolution” a witty take on the remarkable story of Australian wine.

Stephen is currently producing a one hour special on climate change titled “How to Save the World” which will be broadcast on ABC TV to coincide with the all important Paris UN climate summit. (@stephengoliver)

Key interest area (KIA): Mult
Sector(s): ELT,HE,SCH,VET



What's the Catch? - Trash Fish clip from Stephen Oliver on Vimeo.


What's the Catch? Fish&Chips stunt at Parliament House from Stephen Oliver on Vimeo.