Darius Devas is an award-winning filmmaker who through his compassionate and reflective nature, has an innate ability to connect with his characters and subjects to bring their story to life. He has also established himself as one of the leaders in short documentary filmmaking in Australia. This was solidified with international success of his interactive documentary series Goa Hippy Tribe for SBS TV. The project won him the prestigious 2012 SXSW Interactive Award for Film & TV as well as winning many other awards and selections at festivals worldwide. In 2020 Darius Directed and Produced a web series for the ABC about mindfulness called Natural Mindful and a web series for headspace about the mental health impacts of the bushfires on young people. He is also developing a dramatic feature script, The Disappearance of Theo Hayez with producer Lois Randall. In 2019 Darius’ documentary series The Common Thread examining mental health in the lives of young Australians, reached over a million views online and was widely acclaimed for it’s contribution to the conversation on youth mental health. He also released his documentary Spirit Walker - Clinton’s Walk For Justice on NITV. The film captures the incredible journey of the young indigenous man Clinton Pryor, who walked from Perth to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister to speak about the injustice indigenous Australians face. In 2016 Darius has directed The Word, a six-part series for ABC iView about a new generation of poets from around Australia. Darius also created a series of intimate video portraits and an EPK on the Grammy nominated band Hiatus Kaiyote, for Sony Music. In 2014 Darius’ short film Meeting Susan, starring Alison Bell, had its world premiere at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival. His experimental short Within, narrated by Guy Pearce, screened at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Melbourne Now as well as TedXSdyney 2014. In 2009, Darius directed his first feature film, Further We Search, starring Xavier Samuel. In 2006, success with his travel film One Revolution gained him work with Lonely Planet TV, working on their online TV channel. Darius began filmmaking straight out of school in 2003, making a series of surf films, and continues to source his inspiration from the ocean.
Mental Health and Mindfulness Documentary Screening and Discussion
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Darius Devas will present a selection of his work in to explore mental health and mindfulness. He will screen selects from his series he completed for the ABC Natural Mindful about mindfulness and the natural world, The Common Thread a web series about mental health in young Australians that was produced in 2019 and The Word a web series I produced for the ABC in 2016 about slam poets around the country using their voice for mission and purpose.