SBS launches online doco Convenient Education

Convenient Education launches on

A new interactive documentary about the experiences of international students in Australia has launched on

Convenient Education is a 35 minute linear documentary with 20 extra videos and profiles interspersed throughout with the capacity for viewer interaction and discussion.

The film uncovers what went wrong when, what was supposed to be an immigration-education solution to help boost the Australian economy, as well as the thousands of international students that took part, but the rapid growth proves faulty.

The online documentary focuses on the Indian student community over 2009-10 and was produced by the Chocolate Liberation Front, directed by David Elliot-Jones, Louis Dai and Lachlan McLeod and received support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Screen Australia investment manager Mike Cowap said: “Our proud support for Convenient Education reflects Screen Australia’s commitment to innovative forms of documentary storytelling, as well as supporting emerging talents in the industry. It also represents the benefits of rich collaboration between documentary talent and digital expertise.”

SBS Director Online and Emerging Platforms Marshall Heald said: “Convenient Education tells the story of the issues faced by international students in three acts: hope, reality and the aftermath. The issues faced were emotional and often divisive so it is important to give viewers the opportunity to share their opinions and responses to what they are seeing.


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