Q. How long does it take to make a documentary?

A. This is a difficult question to answer as it really depends on the topic of the doco. Gulliver Media specialises in natural history/wildlife documentaries and we may have to follow the behaviour of a native animal over a number of seasons, which often means following a species for one or more years. Lost Years, our documentary about loggerhead sea turtles was filmed over two years.

Q. Where do ideas for your documentaries come from?

A. Often an idea for a documentary comes from a world interest in topics like climate change, habitat loss or threatened or endangered species. As producers we are also approached by writers, directors or other producers with specific stories they feel passionate about and want to develop for television. Gulliver Media looks for stories that will have strong connections with audiences and provide a better understanding of a situation or particular species e.g. The Bilby Brothers, which highlights the plight of the little understood native bilby.

Q. How do you sell your documentaries and to whom?

A. Documentary is a great genre, but it doesn’t have a huge market. Each documentary we develop goes through a significant research and development stage, which is when Gulliver pitches the idea to broadcasters around the world to gauge interest and try to attract presales and investment. We rely heavily on networking with our international counterparts and broadcasters over the internet and at international congresses like the annual World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. Gulliver has over the years produced documentaries for National Geographic US Channels, National Geographic International TV UK, ZDF/ARTE, Discovery Channel, ABC, and NHK Japan. Gulliver has also attracted development and production investment support through funding bodies such as Screen Queensland and Screen Australia.