Jungleboys expands into factual entertainment

Production company Jungleboys has broadened its spectrum to include documentary and factual production on a greater scale.

The news comes off the back of the production company signing two Australian documentary directors, Steve Oliver and Jen Peedom.

Jason Burrows, executive producer for the company told Mumbrella: “It’s an interesting extension and I’m excited by it.”

“We’re known for our commercials, branded content and long form comedy. And there’s a cross over with comedy and documentaries. If you look at Michael Moore or Morgan Spurlock documentaries, they are often comedy-based. To get a documentary audience outside of the ABC or SBS, comedy doesn’t hurt.

“There’s a lot of commercials that use non-actors and Jen and Steve have experience of getting great performances from non actors, which is a skill in itself. So there’s an advertising purpose and a long-form purpose.”

Jen Peedom last year directed Living The End for Cordell Jigsaw and SBS. She also won an AFI Award and Australian Director’s Guild Award for her documentary Solo, directed by herself and Animal Kingdom’s David Michod.

Steve Oliver has directed documentaries for the BBC, ABC and UK’s Channel4. He also directed the commercial which accompanied MJ Bale’s Graze on Greatness campaign which won two Gold Lions at Cannes this year.

Burrows said the company and directors have already started talking about projects, however “documentaries are a huge commitment so we want to do stuff we’re really passionate about.”

The pair will be working exclusively with Jungleboys in the commercial space but not exclusively on more traditional documentaries.

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