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Six outstanding documentaries have been longlisted for the 2023 Walkley Documentary Award. 

The six films selected are all powerful in their impact and storytelling, showcasing the best in Australian long-form journalism while using a broad variety of stylistic approaches in keeping with their subject matter.

Walkley CEO Shona Martyn said: “As is the case with all categories in the Walkley Awards, the Documentary category is for works of journalism. The judges, specialists in this field, looked for films that are grounded in the principles of journalism – accuracy, impact, public benefit, ethics, creativity, research and reporting – together with rigorous filmmaking, courage and creativity in concept, approach and execution.

“The six documentaries on the longlist demonstrate the range of powerful work being created in Australia today. All the longlisted teams are to be heartily congratulated. This was a hotly contested category.”

The following films have made the Walkley Documentary Award longlist: 

  • Laurence Billiet and Rachael Antony, The Giants, General Strike Pty Ltd
  • Darren Dale, Belinda Mravicic, Jacob Hickey and Allan Clarke, The Dark Emu Story, Blackfella Films / ABC
  • Isabel Darling and Tom Zubrycki, The Carnival, Torchlight Media
  • Jess Hill, Tosca Looby, Karina Holden and Rachel Grierson-Johns, Asking For It, Northern Pictures / SBS Television
  • Blayke Hoffman, Selina Miles, Jo-anne McGowan, Jennifer Peedom and Aaliyah-Jade Bradbury,  Harley & Katya, Stranger than Fiction Films
  • Rachel Perkins, Darren Dale and Jacob Hickey, The Australian Wars, Blackfella Films / SBS Australia

Three of the films will be shortlisted for the 2023 Walkley Documentary Award. They will be announced alongside all the finalists for the 68th Walkley Awards on Thursday, October 12. All the Walkley Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday 23 November, at the ICC in Sydney. 

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You can find information about the Walkley Awards judging process here and the Terms and Conditions of the Awards here. The Walkley Foundation has a mechanism for dealing with any conflict of interest, actual or perceived, that may arise during the judging process. The guidelines are based on the principle that all actual conflicts of interest are to be avoided and that even a perceived conflict may be damaging to all parties. You can read more about the conflict guidelines here.

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