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#084: How to tell a story, with filmmaker Peter Dickson

By Jordan Michaelides

Peter Dickson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of Dickson Films. With over 16 years experience, Peter is constantly sought-after to create long-lasting sports documentaries for organisations like the AFL, Cricket Australia and national broadcasters.

Peter has proven over a long period of time to be (in my opinion), one of Australia’s greatest storytellers. His compelling and emotionally gripping documentaries leave an immense impact, which in the words of Peter himself, “stand the test of time”. The fact that I, as a St Kilda FC supporter, have watched Peter’s film The Final Draw over 5 times, is a testament to the emotion and passion he can draw from a story.

This was a conversation that contained over 12 months of planning and one that I’ll look back on fondly. We covered a lot, including:

  • AFL teams he supports
  • Building trust as an interviewer
  • His brother’s impact on Peter’s life
  • Interviewing process, technique and style
  • Work schedule and preparations
  • Current and future film plans
  • Top 3 recommended documentaries

Listen to the episode

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01:13 – Introduction
04:03 – AFL teams Peter supports
07:56 – Building trust as an interviewer
15:15 – Lessons learnt from his parents
18:17 – Settling the mind
20:27 – Remembering his brother, Rob Dickson
29:32 – Their interest & passion for film
35:36 – Interviewing process & technique
41:30 – Work schedule, doco film makers
46:19 – His film style
57:40 – What his current & future film plans are
59:40 – Preparations
01:02:21 – Daily routine
01:04:10 – A book he would gift
01:06:19 – Words to live by
01:07:06 – Top 3 recommended docos
01:08:56 – Film industry and festivals