Derek is a Melbourne based documentary director, cameraperson and editor with a master degree in documentary from the Victoria College of The Arts.

His latest film, Forgiveness Day, commissioned by The New York Times' Op-Docs, is awarded Best Australian Short Film and Best Short Documentary at the 31st Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

He has recently been nominated for Best Direction for Short Documentary at the Australia Directors Guild Award 2021. His recent work has won numerous awards and has been showcased at numerous international film festivals, broadcast on ABC TV and even made it to the front page of New York Times.

Series Producer Lindsay Crouse speaks highly of Derek’s work: “The film is a breathtaking combination of exactly what we’re looking for: a relevant and high-stakes story, intimately told, with a creative stylistic approach. It was a perfect short documentary to present to our global audience.”

Derek loves documentary filmmaking because it holds a mirror up to society and makes us ponder, converse and be held accountable as a collective. It is also through this process of making documentaries challenges him to shed the layers of judgement through his own lens and gets to learn as much about others and about himself.
Here is a little write up about Derek by the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC)

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