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Producer Profile: David Flatman


Production Company: Living Pictures Pty Ltd.
Occupation: Producer/Director
Active Years: 35

Living Pictures (Australia) Pty Limited is a Sydney-based independent production house specialising in TV series and documentaries for Australian and international television, and large format cinema films. Its founder is David Flatman.

David joined Australia’s ABC National Television in 1968 as a foundation senior reporter on the legendary Australian daily current affairs program, This Day Tonight ("TDT").  From 1978 to 1982, he worked as a writer, director and producer of the multi-award winning Australian documentary series, A Big Country, and the technology series, Towards 2000. Fifteen years with the National Broadcaster culminated in 1982 when he wrote, produced, directed and hosted the ABC’s 50th Anniversary 90-minute TV special, From Carbon Mikes to Satellites.  David Flatman left the ABC at the end of 1982 to establish his production company. His aim was to make fine documentary films, with a particular interest in social documentaries and giant-screen (IMAX®) cinema. He has continued making documentaries as an independent producer for ABC TV, at the same time establishing Living Pictures as a producer of large format films.

David has served as Vice President and Councillor of the Screen Producers’ Association of Australia, and as specialist documentary investment consultant to the Film Finance Corporation ("FFC").  He is an experienced fixed-wing aircraft pilot, holding professional multi-engine command instrument ratings. The company owns or has interest in three aircraft, all of which David flies.

In 1984 Sue Flatman joined David as co-director of their company.  After graduating as an Occupational Therapist Sue undertook extensive post-graduate training in group psychotherapy. She has worked as a group therapist, health educator, clinical supervisor and ultimately a clinician and administrator of Drug and Alcohol Services in Sydney. Part of her duties required close liaison with ABC TV in the production and supervision of health education programs for young people on national television. Sue trained at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and went on to manage the production of all of the company’s projects.  David and Sue Flatman have consistently been listed in Australia’s 10 top documentary makers.  At the height of some productions the Flatmans employ teams of up to thirty freelance people as directors, producers and crew, and specialise in encouraging and training young writers, directors, producers and editors.  The company’s projects include commissions for Film Australia, ABC TV, government departments, and in-house initiated productions with public, private and/or corporate investors.

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