Mental Health workshop

Talking Mental Health

Darius Devas

Darius will share a selection of his short films on the topic of mental health and then open up to the audience to share their experiences. 

Darius Devas is an award-winning filmmaker who through his compassionate and
reflective nature, has an innate ability to connect with his characters and subjects to
bring their story to life. He has also established himself as one of the leaders in short
documentary filmmaking in Australia. This was solidified with international success of
his interactive documentary series Goa Hippy Tribe for SBS TV. The project won him
the prestigious 2012 SXSW Interactive Award for Film & TV as well as winning many
other awards and selections at festivals worldwide.

In 2021 Darius received a Scholarship to study Screen business at the Compton
School lead by David Court. He has also received a director’s pathway mentorship
with acclaimed director Kim Farrant.

In 2020 Darius Directed and Produced a web series for the ABC about mindfulness
called Natural Mindful and a web series for headspace about the mental health impacts
of the bushfires on young people.

In 2019 Darius’ documentary series The Common Thread examining mental health in
the lives of young Australians, reached over a million views online and was widely
acclaimed for it’s contribution to the conversation on youth mental health. He also
released his documentary Spirit Walker - Clinton’s Walk For Justice on NITV. The film
captures the incredible journey of the young indigenous man Clinton Pryor, who
walked from Perth to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister to speak about the
injustice indigenous Australians face.

In 2016 Darius has directed The Word, a six-part series for ABC iView about a new
generation of poets from around Australia. Darius also created a series of intimate
video portraits and an EPK on the Grammy nominated band Hiatus Kaiyote, for Sony
Music.

In 2014 Darius’ short film Meeting Susan, starring Alison Bell, had its world premiere
at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival. His experimental short Within, narrated by Guy
Pearce, screened at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Melbourne Now as well
as TedXSdyney 2014.

In 2009, Darius directed his first feature film, Further We Search, starring Xavier
Samuel. In 2006, success with his travel film One Revolution gained him work with
Lonely Planet TV, working on their online TV channel. Darius began filmmaking
straight out of school in 2003, making a series of surf films, and continues to source
his inspiration from the ocean.