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Documentary

Compelling & brave stories
for online/broadcast platforms.

In late 2017 Storybox established a documentary content division, and we’ve been busy ever since creating original and thought-provoking documentaries for platforms including The Spinoff, Māori Television and TVNZ OnDemand.

Our core creative team brings a wealth of documentary experience, from directing and producing award-winning independent features and TV series, to creating short-form online documentary content. We have a particular interest in creating documentaries about social justice issues and character-driven stories, and are excited by the flexibility online platforms bring to documentary storytelling.

We’re always on the lookout for great ideas, so if you are a director with an intriguing and exceptional documentary idea, we would love to hear from you.

Released.

   

Shot Bro” is a 52 minute documentary for Māori Televsion and The Spinoff.

Actor Rob Mokaraka journeys around Aotearoa, telling the story of his attempted suicide-by-cop in his one man play. Funny, dark, and real, his mission is to bring aroha to communities and whānau who have been affected by suicide. You can watch it HERE.

“Rise” is a 16 minute short documentary made for the Doc Edge Festival 2020.

RISE is a short documentary film that dives deep into the motivations, fears and hopes for a passionate group of young climate activists in Wellington, Aotearoa. You can watch it HERE from June 12th – July 5th.

Aren’t Can’t Don’t” is a two-part documentary series for The Spinoff, funded by NZOA as part of 2018 suffrage celebrations.

125 years after women’s suffrage in New Zealand, this two-part documentary explores why some women are still unable to vote and why it is so difficult for many others to feel like their voices matter. The series looks at voter engagement through the eyes of women from diverse backgrounds with supporting information from experts on voting rights and political participation. CAN’T focuses on the perspectives of women prisoners who still can’t legally vote, while DON’T examines some of the many and complex reasons women don’t vote. You can watch them HERE.

The Secret Lives of Sex Workers” is three-part series for TVNZ OnDemand.

15 years after prostitution was legalised in NZ, this three part documentary series looks at the realities of life as a sex worker from a first person perspective in NZ in 2018. Each film focuses on a different type of sex worker: brothel based, independent and street based work. Through these sex workers we gain unique insight into the highs and lows of sex work as well as some funny anecdotes and views on the ongoing stigma and the types of clients that frequent our sex industry. You can watch it HERE.

Awaiting release.

  

He Kōrero Taumaha Tonu – Māori and the Criminal Justice System” is a five part series for The Spinoff and Māori Television, to be released 2019. 

He Kōrero Taumaha Tono explores Māori experiences of the criminal justice system, telling the story of the faces behind the statistics and uncovering the realities of an incarcerated indigenous population.