Lara Damiani cut her teeth in one of Australia’s toughest industries – fishing. At 23, she was that industry’s youngest female executive officer. In 1997, disillusioned with the corporate world, she left to travel overseas where she wrote two novels. She returned to Australia to work as a freelance writer and editor and in 2006 at the age of 37, inspired to make an impact on finding ways to help create social change, with no formal training and never having made a film before, she jumped into the deep end to make a feature documentary about the plight of Tibet. Determined to make this film and with no funding, Lara poured her savings into this project, maxed out credit cards and even sold her belongings. It was the start of a new journey.
She started with a bang.
Her first production, Tibet’s Cry for Freedom, screened in Australia, NZ, the US, the UK, Europe and Asia. It was also broadcast in the Czech Republic and New Zealand for three and four years running.
It included exclusive interviews with the Dalai Lama and a Tibetan independence activist who broke a three-year silence to be involved.
Lara’s focus is on using her skills for social good and helping to create social change. She has worked around the world with communities in places such as Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Pacific Islands and more.
Lara runs Think Films – a specialist media production studio whose focus is on creating content that is purpose driven.
Lara in the Media:
Channel 9 Sunday Program
Channel 7 Today Tonight
Full length Radio Adelaide Interview (30 mins). Presenter Sarah Martin talks to Lara bout the making of Banjo Morton: The Untold Story and what bought her to doing the work she does.