Television/Video: Current Affairs Short (Less Than 20 Minutes)

It may have been the biggest museum theft in Australia’s history, with more than 2,000 artefacts stolen between 1996 and 2003. But since headlines like “Bug man accused of $1m museum theftscirculated in the early 2000s, the story has been left for dead – until the team from The Feed tracked him down.

Through a creative visual treatment, artful editing and a considered personal touch, Stuffed balanced an Australian historical event on the knife-edge of conflicting perspectives.

Read our interview with Marc Fennell and Ninah Kopel here.

Marc Fennell is a journalist, interviewer, author, and documentary maker. He is the host of The Feed for SBS and Download This Show for ABC and creator of the chart-topping Audible podcasts It Burns and Nut Jobs. He has been honoured by The Webby Awards and nominated for Europe’s Rose d’Or. He has won two New York Festival Awards and America’s James Beard Award.

Ninah Kopel is a creative storyteller, audio producer and researcher, who is currently finding and developing stories with The Feed at SBS. Formerly she was a producer at ABC Audio Studios, working on the investigative history podcast The Eleventh. Her student audio documentary, Finding Freedom In Prison, about a rugby programme in a provincial Argentine jail, won a New York Radio Award in 2019.

Joel Stillone is a lighting camera operator who has shot documentaries for National Geographic, ABC, SBS, CNN and IMG Media. He received an Australian Cinematographers Society Award in Current Affairs for The Sound Below and he was part of The Feed team that won an Amnesty International Media Award for the documentary Forced to Marry.

Judges’ comments:

The Feed team told a beautiful story in a captivating manner, thanks to great characters, engaging music, outstanding camerawork, witty editing and excellent narration. This tale of a man with a dream of creating his own museum, by whatever means necessary, also raises questions about who owns Australia’s natural history and who has the right to create cultural spaces and institutions of knowledge.