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, inspired to make an impact on finding ways to help create social change, she made the transition into the world of filmmaking and at 37, turned her life around to pursue her passion for making documentaries. With no formal training, she jumped into the deep end with her first feature documentary about Tibet.
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 works both in Australia and overseas with the communities she works with being central to the process. Lara has worked for UNDP, The World Bank, Relief International, Sight For All, CUFA and others.
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.