We had the honour of covering the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – the first of its kind in Australia.

Among the important voices we captured were former ALF footballer Wayne Schwass and former federal MP Andrew Robb, who shared about their struggle with depression. Wayne gave moving testimony evidence about sitting in his car for hours one day after training, too ashamed to go inside, in case his fiancee saw him crying. "I lived in fear for 12 years”, he said.

The Royal Commission is an extremely important initiative and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the community to have their say about the future of Victoria's Mental Health System. Premier of Victoria The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP promised to implement all the recommendations made by the Royal Commission. 

We were engaged to create a variety of media content including: 

  • Photo and video coverage of the community consultations.

  • Portraits of the commissioners and community witnesses.

  • Dozens of high quality short interviews with commissioners, personalities and community witnesses giving their testimony to their experience with the mental health system, and what being a witness means to them. 

  • Short call-to-action videos encouraging the public to have their say during the Royal Commission. 

  • Photo coverage of the public hearings at Melbourne's majestic Town Hall in July.

 A high degree of sensitivity was required and some of the subjects’ anonymity had to be preserved. We approached the shoots unobtrusively while focusing on capturing dynamic visuals. 

 The media content is being used on a variety of media platforms.