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The weird, the wonderful… and the stuff that matters. Walking Fish harness 10+ years of experience creating award-winning documentaries for broadcast, festivals, streaming and online.

The weird, the wonderful… and the stuff that matters. Walking Fish harness 10+ years of experience creating award-winning documentaries for broadcast, festivals, streaming and online.

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(2022) : Feature documentary
Director: Lachlan McLeod
Producers: David Elliot-Jones & Charlotte Wheaton

When illness forces her away from her beloved trauma cleaning business, Sandra faces up to her traumatic past and begins a search for her birth mother. Meanwhile, the workers approach this difficult work with camaraderie and humour, bringing hope to their clients despite carrying trauma of their own.

In co-production with GoodThing Productions.

Nominated Best Documentary at the 2022 AACTA Awards
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize (Feature Documentary Competition) at SXSW 2022
Selected as the Closing Night Film at Melbourne International Film Festival 2022


(2022) : Short documentary
Director: Naomi Ball
Producers: David Elliot-Jones & Cadance Bell

A transgender teen on the spectrum learns to be himself and find the support he needs with the help of his original animated characters, The Fallens.

A recipient of the 2020 Doc Edge Rei Foundation Film Fund, with principal production funds from Screen Australia and support from VicScreen.


Vice (2021): Short documentary
Director: Naomi Ball
Producer: David Elliot-Jones

New evidence and a growing civilian movement are challenging the long-held belief that Tasmanian tigers are extinct. A short doc for VICE’s Australiana strand.

Winner of the AIDC 2020 Screen Australia and VICE Pitch Australiana competition.

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Al Jazeera (2020): Feature documentary
Director: Louis Dai
Producer: Katy Roberts

When conviction is guaranteed, justice is lost.

Hakamada: The Longest-Held Death-Row Inmate In The World reveals the human cost of Japan’s 99.9% incrimination rate, through the plight of Iwao Hakamada and sister Hideko’s 47-year battle to save him from execution.


Amazon Prime (2018): Feature documentary
Director: Lachlan Mcleod
Producer: David Elliot-Jones

What is fame? Why do we want it? And what does it take for an ordinary person to get it?

After hearing about the huge demand for foreign talents in Japan, three Aussie filmmakers ship their lives and girlfriends to Tokyo on an outrageous DIY mission to make ‘ordinary’ Dave famous.

Premiered at DocEdge Festival (2018) and featured on Qantas.


SBS (2012): Online interactive/broadcast documentary
Co-directors: Lachlan Mcleod, David Elliot-Jones & Louis Dai
Producer: David Elliot-Jones

A multi-perspective story exploring the struggles of Australia’s student-migrants amid the 2008-10 crisis in international education.

Produced as an online-interactive documentary for SBS Online and later broadcast on SBS 2.


In Production
Directors: Lachlan McLeod & Matasila Freshwater
Producers: David Elliot-Jones, Kerry Warkia & Maria Tanner

When a proposed gold-copper mine threatens to destroy one of Papua New Guinea’s last remaining freshwater sanctuaries, the 1,126km Sepik River, Indigenous activist Manu Peni launches an urgent mission that takes him to the haus tambaran—ancient spirit houses and places of governance—of key villages along the Sepik.

In co-production with Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions.

Principal production funding from Screen Australia, in association with VicScreen, The Post Lounge and Pacific Islanders in Communications.


Melbourne production company

Walking Fish is an Australian production company specialising in character-led documentaries for global audiences and social impact storytelling.

We would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which our office sits. We extend this to the traditional custodians of the lands across Australia where we do our work. Sovereignty was never ceded.