Melbourne-based filmmaker, Mike Nayna (Dayne’s World, Fancy Boy) has cemented himself as one of the most exciting voices in Australia’s next generation of documentary filmmakers, and after a successful festival run throughout North America and Australia, his debut half-hour documentary, Digilante was released worldwide today!
Digilante is a fascinating case study of the often-destructive relationship between social and traditional media. The film made its international premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2017, continuing on throughout North America and Australia, attracting significant press attention and picking up awards for Best Short Film and Best Sociological Documentary along the way.
Digilante was the season finale in a series of five half hour documentaries produced as part of the 2016 season of Opening Shot, an ABC and Screen Australia initiative, designed to see young filmmaking teams bring a fresh perspective to some of the big issues facing younger Australians. Since 2013, Opening Shot has commissioned 19 documentaries and Digilante was the first to be selected for Hot Docs.
Producers Mark Conway from Checkpoint Media (Dayne’s World, Fancy Boy) and Lauren Elliott from Mad Kids (Small Town Hackers, DAFUQ? The Legend of Gavin Tanner) joined forces to bring Mike’s story to life. After a string of successful comedy projects, Digilante was the first documentary and first co-production for both Checkpoint Media and Mad Kids.
Digilante was produced with the assistance of Screen Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Film Victoria.
Watch Digilante below: