The Unmaking Of
documentary film
Project Description

The UnMaking Of is a documentary about the desire for fiction and the mediation of truth in the world of television production; it is humorous, polemical and unsettling. 

The program follows NYID’s attempt to make a television documentary about its most controversial theatrical production: The Austral/Asian Post-cartoon: sports edition. Its failure to finish the documentary is due to its inability to ‘cross-over’ to a new medium and the vastly different economies of scale between television and theatre production. In order to salvage the budget and honour contractual obligations, the company shoots on formats of ever-decreasing quality in order to complete as much of the program as possible. The increasing pressure flames internal tensions within the company.

Shot on 8 formats across film and video, The UnMaking Of features excerpts from the unfinished tv documentary, interviews with theatre critics and spectators, unedited footage of company meetings and one company member’s guerilla documentary in which all members including the director and the company’s management committee are exposed. 

The film is never released.

Project Credits
Made by

David Pledger


Peter Eckersall 

Paul Jackson 

Kha Tran Viet 

Greg Ulfan

Danielle LongLouise Taube

Mark Hennessy

Adam Broinowski

Katia Molino

Jillian Pearce

Paul Boingivanni

Paul Hosking

Shane Grant

Cheryl Houben

Michael Madigan

Commissioned by:

PAML Pilot Project supported by the Government of Victoria through Multimedia Victoria, cinemedia and the Australian Federal Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.