Best TV Or Video Current Affairs/Feature under 10 Minutes
James Bennett and Simon Winter of the ABC's 7.30 have won the Quill for Best TV Or Video Current Affairs/Feature under 10 Minutes.
This story became the iconic image of the Dunalley fires that went around the world. The interviews and the images were a genuine exclusive and they told their stories with great sensitivity and empathy. At a time when all of the subjects were experiencing great trauma, James and Simon were able to earn the people’s trust and get them to open up about their survival.
Highly commended were Louise Milligan, 7.30 ABC, and Heather Ewart, 7.30 ABC.
Louise's story exposed systematic failures in Victoria's mental health system and prompted a public call for change. A difficult television story and a confronting subject done well.
Heather brought a human face to an issue that is rarely told. A lot of effort went into the structure of the story and was handled with great sensitivity. The images of the torture stayed with the viewer long after the story ended.