Madeleine Hetherton – Producer, Director

At the age of 10 I founded the Caufield Adventure club. There were not many adventures in the mid suburbs of Melbourne. But they came later when my passion for far horizons and social justice found its focus in documentary filmmaking.

Since then, filmmaking has taken me around the world shooting in challenging locations and in many cultures including Tibetan monks, diamond divers in Africa, wildlife detectives in Burma and in the cabs of long hall truckies through the remote outback of Australia.

My commitment to the documentary form is underpinned by three beliefs:

  1. That stories make us human.
  2. A stubborn belief in social justice and the possibilities of media for progressive change. (I’d like to make a difference with my life.)
  3. Film, and documentary in particular, is a great adventure.

My work includes the observational documentary series for SBS called ‘Making Babies’ (‘fascinating and moving’ The Age), the 52 minute documentary ‘Beats Across Borders’ (ABC /Cirque du Soleil) and the feature documentary ‘Love in Our Own Time’ (Screen Australia). I have also done time in the trenches of factual production having field produced and shot on over 60 episodes of ‘Bondi Rescue’ (Ch10/Nat Geo) as well as popular series such as ‘The Nest’ (SBS), ‘Last Chance Surgery’ (Ch7/Discovery) ‘The Poker Star’ (Ch10) and most recently, ‘Outback Truckies’ (Ch 7).

I came to film via a degree in Architecture which does not really have much to do with film-making, but does make me more handy than average with power tools.