Douglas Watkin is SQ’s new VP, Content (Indigenous Stories & Talent). Based in Brisbane, Douglas was born in Cairns, Far North Queensland. His broadcasting and filmmaking career began in television doing small news reports and producing various corporate videos, and has progressed to feature films, broadcast series and multimedia works for a range of clients and audiences. Douglas has been actively working in the film and television industry for over 20 years, including producing and directing multiple series for ABC and NITV.
He established the film and video production unit Double Wire Productions in 2000, and since then has travelled nationally and internationally shooting and producing stories on wide ranging events, people and places, sharing stories of Indigenous Australia.
He has also written and produced dramas that have screened in film festivals around the world, and as an Artist has exhibited artworks in various State Art Galleries in Australia. His work ‘The Queen & I’ has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia.
Douglas has worked and collaborated with many acclaimed artists in dance, music and theatre, including The Australian Ballet, Bangarra Dance Theatre with Stephen Page, drama director Wesley Enoch, Opera Australia, and his own commissioned pieces for Queensland’s GoMA. Double Wire Productions have been the official videographers of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) since 2010, filming events and artists for promotional videos and biopics.
As a filmmaker and storyteller, Douglas has produced various short documentaries, feature documentaries, corporate videos and interactive web-based applications. In the documentary field Douglas has produced a number of broadcast documentaries and news pieces for ABC Message Stick, ABC Talking Heads and NITV SBS on topics ranging across sports, science, the arts, community development and local history.
His most recent work, the feature documentary Ella, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016, and screened nationally at CinefestOZ WA, Canberra International Film Festival, Brisbane Asian Pacific Film Festival, and theatres Australia-wide.
He is currently working on his next documentary feature, alongside producing his next NITV series, and also directing a VR drama based on his family for SBS Untold Australia. Whether working in either the documentary or drama genres, Douglas Watkin is a storyteller with the lens to a unique perspective of contemporary Indigenous Australia.
He is also on the Board of AIDC.