Below is a selection of clips highlighting Max’s work.
Afghanistan: School Scandal
26 min documentary for Al Jazeera English
- Broadcast on 101 East, Al Jazeera flagship series focusing on the Asia Pacific region
- Investigation into why two-thirds of Afghanistan’s girls are still not attending school after 17 years of international support and billions of dollars in aid.
Feature Drama/ TV Series Pilot (102 mins) for Moby Group, Afghanistan.
Writer/ Director/ Producer
- Shot entirely in Kabul and made with a cast and crew of local Afghans resulting in creation of Afghanistan’s first cinematic heroine.
- Most highly acclaimed and successful Afghan Drama series ever.
- Nominated Best Drama Series, Seoul International Drama Awards against likes of The Night Manager and Mr Robot.
Australian Story – Cracking the Code
26 Min. Documentary
- Broadcast on ABC TV, Oct 2013 – Australia’s “Lorenzo’s Oil” Story.
- Overwhelming reaction to the show. First time Australian Story ever to trend #1 on twitter (stayed there 3-4 hours post broadcast). First time to trend in Facebook top ten. Terrific ratings, great critical acclaim.
The Orangutan Whisperer
26 Min. Documentary for Al Jazeera
- Broadcast on 101 East, Al Jazeera’s flagship series focusing on the Asia/Pacific region.
- Profiled Leif Cocks, former Zookeeper and founder of The Orangutan Project, an initiative operating ‘Jungle Schools’ designed to teach orphaned and domesticated orangutans how to survive in and return to the rainforests of Sumatra.
Grand Designs Australia
Lifestyle Channel Series 4/5
Writer/ Post Producer
- Hugely popular Architecture Series following the construction of Australia’s most daring, unusual and interesting houses.
- Foxtel’s highest rating non-sports program.
Who’s Been Sleeping in My House?
ABC Documentary – Series 2
- Joined Up Films history/ investigative series with homeowners discovering the secrets of their house and its previous occupants.
- 6 x half hours broadcast late 2012.
In Their Footsteps
Channel 9 Documentary Series
- Shine Australia series following everyday Australians discovering their ancestor’s story of service and involvement in war.
- Huge critical acclaim during broadcast early 2011.
60 Min. SBS/ Al Jazeera Documentary
Writer/ Director/ Camera
- Artemis International production following an Australian/ Iraqi son’s quest to find why his father ended up in a mass grave near Baghdad. Broadcast Nov 2010.
- Shot and directed more or less single-handedly (working only with film’s main character) during extremely volatile days of Iraq conflict.
- Terrific reviews from SMH, ABC Radio National and others.
Desperately Seeking Doctors
SBS/ BBC Documentary Series
Series Writer/ Director
- 3 x 1 hour Ob-doc series following O/S trained GP’s and final year medical students out bush as rural Australia struggles with a chronic shortage of doctors.
- In SBS’s Top 10 rating programs for the year.
Jamie’s Kitchen Australia
Channel 10 Documentary Series
- Crackerjack observational doco series with Jamie Oliver, Tobie Puttock and their crew of underprivileged, struggling trainee chefs.
- Received huge critical acclaim.
Channel 7 Documentary Series
- High quality, interview-based series profiling people telling their own stories.
- Pilot/Series 1 consistently ranked in top ten programs during broadcast.
Channel 7 Factual Series
Field Director/ Camera
- Observational medical based doco/ factual series shot in Australia’s busiest Emergency Department.
- Consistently one of the nation’s highest rating programs during seasons 1 & 2.
Australian Story – The Highway Man
25 Min. Documentary
- Broadcast on ABC TV, May 2004.
- At time of broadcast 2nd highest rating Australian Story ever. Remains one it’s most recognised and popular stories.
21 Min. Documentary
Writer/ Director/ Editor
- Graduating film at VCA School of Film and TV.
- Official Selection – DeNiro and Scorsese’s 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
- Winner – Best Documentary, Australian National Student Film Awards.
- Finalist and Nominee – Best Student Documentary, International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards, Hollywood.
25 Min. Documentary
Writer/ Director/ Camera/ Editor
- Winner, Best Documentary (Emerging), West Australian Screen Awards.
- Finalist, Washington DC Independent film festival.
- Broadcast on Nine Network, Australia.
- Short-listed, JJJ Independent Spirit award, IF Awards.