Melbourne Documentary and Chasing the Jet Stream

So many doc filmmakers are doing the one person crew documentary. For many, it’s a necessary evil due to financial constraints of the doc filmmaker. But for some, like doco Claudio von Planta, it’s the preferred way of shooting his films. And it also just so happens to be the reason that he’s been hired on such recognizable documentary series as the successful Long Way Round. And now, with his brand new film, Chasing the Jet Stream –  a film that is included in the lineup of this year’s Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (MDFF) – Claudio is back dealing with the type of documentary that he is most comfortable with: a story about a unique character doing unique things in the world.  

Topics Discussed

  • we check in with MDFF director, Lyndon Stone, whose festival has now become one of the most respected in documentary
  • how in 1985 on a break from university, Claudio von Planta, discovers his passion for doc filmmaking
  • how being a skilled one person crew got Claudio von Planta his big break with the Long Way Round series
  • the reason von Planta finds it important to create totally independent documentaries
  • how the doc filmmaker is a different breed and one that must be entirely passionate and dedicated to their craft


Additional Resources

Trailer for DP, Claudio von Planta’s directorial debut, Chasing the Jet Stream

Trailer for Long Way Round series

Actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman give great testimonial to working with Claudio von Planta

Even More Claudio von Planta!

I highly recommend checking out Claudio’s Vimeo channel. It’s chock full o’ films and clips from his incredibly impressive career as a doc filmmaker!


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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.


  1. Marc Hauser on 07/31/2019 at 2:53 PM

    Hey Chris
    Thank you very much for the cool Interview.
    It felt like being back in Australia with the amazing Claudio von Planta!

    Best regards, all the best for your own projects and blue sky from Switzerland
    Marc Hauser

    • Chris G Parkhurst on 08/01/2019 at 8:46 AM

      What an absolute honour! The pioneer himself and star of Claudio’s documentary, Marc Hauser. I am glad that you approved the conversation. As you might imagine, there was so much more to it – Claudio has some incredible stories, as you know – but we had to try and shape down to a half hour segment. No small task! In any case, thank you so much for listening to the show. If you have an interest in documentary, there are plenty more great conversations with impressive members of the doc community. Also, should you have any adventures over in SE Asia, let me know. We are now located in Cambodia, working on our own doc, Elvis of Cambodia. It would be amazing to meet you in person. Until then, keep doing the good that you are already doing in the world, Mr. Hauser!

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