It is time to celebrate!

This month marks Electric Pictures’ 30th Anniversary, a major milestone for an independent production company started by young filmmaker, Andrew Ogilvie, after graduating from film school in 1992. Over three decades many talented Australian filmmakers and production staff have greatly contributed to the company’s success, and continue to help grow our content in new directions.

Our catalogue now stands at more than 50 productions with particular expertise in blue chip docs, drama docs, and factual series. We often tackle hard subjects like the exploitation of children as soldiers, and the drama of war, but are also expert at cultural histories, science stories, political intrigue, and a more fun approach to topics such as the Eurovision Song Contest and the Australian wine industry.

It all started in 1993 with the documentary, The Joys of the Women, an uplifting musical journey tracing the lost songs of a generation of Italian immigrant women in Fremantle. The film went on to have a successful cinema release and win many awards.

Over the years the company has produced content for global public broadcasters and cable TV, and more recently has found great international success with the long running factual series, Aussie Gold Hunters, for Discovery.  Of course every production feels special, with its challenges and successes, but here are some of our more memorable moments:

The Human Race 1997
Triumph of the Spirit Award – Telluride Mountain Film Festival 1997
Peoples’ Choice Award – BANFF Intl Mountain & Adventure Film Festival 1997

Child Soldiers 2002
Winner Child Rights Award – Osnabrueck Independent Film Festival in Germany 2003
Winner Best Program (about child rights) ABU/CASBBA/UNICEF 2002
Silver World Medal, National/International Affairs – New York Film Festival 2002
Bronze World Medal – UNESCO Awards 2002

The Black Road 2006
Best Documentary under 60 minutes – Mumbai International Film Festival 2006
Best Film of the Festival – Mumbai International Film Festival 2006
Special Mention, St Laurence New Zealand Medium Documentary DOCNZ Film Festival 2006

Bom Bali 2006
Golden Tripod Award – Australian Cinematographers Society 2008
Hors Concours Award –  Banff World Festival Television 2007

The Winners Guide to the Nobel Prize 2006
Golden Dragon Award, Science Popularisation Category – Beijing International Scientific Films Festival 2006

Gallipoli Submarine 2008
Best Historical Documentary – World Festival of Underwater Pictures, Festival Mondial de l’image Sous-Marine 2008

Surviving Mumbai 2010
Nominated Outstanding Historical Programming – The 31st Annual Emmy Awards for News and Documentary 2010
Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research – The 31st Annual Emmy Awards for News and Documentary 2010

Electric Pictures voted a member of the Realscreen Global 100, 2010

Jandamarra’s War 2011
Winner Best Original Music – WA Screen Awards 2013
Winner Best Documentary under One Hour – AACTA Awards 2012
Winner Best Docudrama and Best Biography – ATOM Awards 2011
Winner Silver Award for Dramatised Documentaries, Australian Cinematographers Society Awards (WA) 2011

Desert War 2012
Winner Gold Award Dramatised Documentaries, Episode 2, Australian Cinematographers Society Awards (WA) 2014
Winner Best Editing in a Documentary – AACTA Awards 2014
Winner Best Sound in a Documentary – AACTA Awards 2014
Winner Best Editing in a Documentary Series – Australian Screen Editors Awards 2013
Winner Best Documentary Docudrama –  ATOM Awards 2013
Winner Documentary Television Production of the Year – SPA Awards 2013
Best Editing Long Form – WA Screen Awards 2013
Best Sound Long Form – WA Screen Awards 2013

Hotel Mumbai 2018
Toronto International Film Festival – World Premiere 7 Sept 2018
Adelaide Film Festival – Australian Premiere 10 Oct 2018
Winner Best Film – Rising Sun Pictures Audience Award Adelaide Film Festival 2018

Aussie Gold Hunters 2016 – 2022
Aussie Gold Hunters is Discovery Channel Australia’s all-time highest rating local show – the #1 factual series on the Foxtel cable platform for four consecutive years (2017-2020).   The series has been broadcast in over 130 countries.