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12.40 - 1.30 | POINT OF IMPACT

Impact campaigns aren't just for documentaries. While Factual is leading the way in the impact space, all DIRECTORS -- Scripted, too! -- can benefit from impact strategies, and the screen stories we direct can make a positive difference. Hear from some leading directors (both doco and scripted) and a popular impact producer about why and how you should embrace the power of impact. 

Moderator: Felicity Blake


  • Ben Lawrence
  • Catherine Scott
More speakers to be confirmed


Ben Lawrence is a writer/director of feature films and documentaries. His credits include Ghosthunter, Hearts and Bones and Ithaka. 

An AACTA nominee and winner of the 2020 ADG award for Best Feature Director, his films have screened at multiple international festivals. 

Most recently, he was awarded Best International Director at the 2022 DocEdge Festival for his film Ithaka, which followed Julian Assange’s family and their campaign for justice. 


Catherine Scott has worked as a documentary filmmaker for 25 years.

She was Senior Producer SBS Dateline, Producer/camerawoman for ABC’s Foreign Correspondent, and a Director/ producer on documentaries broadcast internationally including SBS TV, ABC TV, CBC Canada, PBS Television, Channel 4, Arte and France 2.

Her credits include Producer/Director/Cinematographer of the award-winning documentary feature– Backtrack Boys, Producer – Unconquered – The Invictus Games (ABC TV) Producer/Camerawoman – Not everyone Wants a Goat -Foreign Correspondent (ABC TV) Producer, Being Me – Four Corners (ABC TV), Director/Co-producer/Cinematographer of the award-winning documentary feature – Scarlet Road (SBS TV), Director/Co-writer of Selling Sickness (SBS TV) and Director/Co-producer of the Walkley Award-winning Business Behind Bars and Profits of Punishment (SBS TV).

Catherine was a member of the Paper Tiger TV collective co-producing over 30 productions including Breathless and Drawing the Line at Pittston. Catherine was also co-producer/director for Deep Dish TV including Who’s Afraid of the Little Yellow School Bus?, The Last Graduation, Lock Down USA and The Gulf Crisis TV Project.


Felicity Blake is a documentarian (all media) and impact producer. Impact Producers create strategic campaigns that link audiences to opportunities for real-world changemaking action. 15 years ago Felicity established The Dove Media to realise and amplify true stories that change hearts, minds and behaviour.