Award-Winning creators of The Killing Season to attend AIDC 2018

The 2018 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) just got bigger, with the announcement that The Killing Season creators, journalist Sarah Ferguson and producer/director Deb Masters, will be in attendance.

The conference consists of over 35 sessions, with this session adding an in-depth Dramatic Narrative in Journalism Masterclass, in which Ferguson and Masters will break down their journalistic creative process, gained over many years of producing investigative current affairs programs. They will share their knowledge on how to turn dry material into an enticing story, where the truth is usually intentionally illusive.

 Ferguson and Masters began working together on the ABC investigative journalism program Four Corners, having produced multiple stories for the award-winning program. Soon after, they collaborated with executive producer Sue Spencer in 2015, to create the AACTA Award-winning show for Best Television Documentary, The Killing Season.

This particular addition will top off AIDC 2018’s Journalism strand, attempting to exploring ways in which both journalism and documentary could work hand-in-hand in order to inform one another. Other sessions include Journalism Plus, which looks at new forms of media and technology and the effect they are having on the way we create and consume news content. Presented by ABC news, the panel will include ABC News Head of Investigative Journalism John Lyons, award-winning filmmaker and journalist Violeta Ayala, and Independent Lens Coordinating producer Clare Chambers, as the session explored how outlets and filmmakers can combine to bring hard-hitting stories to a broader audience.

These sessions will take place 5 March, with AIDC 2018 taking place 4-7 March. For more information, or to purchase passes, you can visit



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Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.