Lucy Paplinska


Lucy Paplinska is an award winning Melbourne-based documentary filmmaker and editor. She has created 4 independent documentaries, 3 of which have screened on ABC TV to great critical acclaim. As an editor Lucy has worked across documentary and drama or a wide variety of applauded projects.

 Her career highlights include:

In 2010 Lucy directed her 3rd film, Alone in a Crowded Room, which she also co-edited. It tells the stories of four adults with autism. The documentary screened on ABC TV’s Compass, where it was met with resounding ratings success, as well as screening internationally on Foxtel and being included in schools and universities. Another highlight has been directing the documentary Sperm Donors Anonymous for ABCTV. This documentary looks at the fallout of using anonymous sperm donation to start families, was longlisted for a Walkley award and received an ATOM Award: Best Documentary: Science, Technology and the Environment, and was a Worldfest REMI Winner.

An editing highlight has been cutting the short film - The Morning After (Siem Reap) which has been selected for many festivals both here and overseas – such as Short and Sweet and For Film’s Sake and Nightpiece Festival which is part of Edinburgh Fringe - including two nominations for best editing at the Genre Celebration festival and the Melbourne City Independent Film Awards.  Another career highlight is editing the feature documentary - On the Banks of the Tigris for Fruitful films. This documentary tells the hidden story of Jewish/Iraqi music and was the winner, Best Documentary, Baghdad International Film Festival, as well as being nominated for an ATOM award. It has played at numerous festivals here and overseas to great reviews. Below is some of the praise it has received: 

“Magnificent! Beautifully paced, with a rich array of personalities and music” ABC Radio National 

“A story of shared joy and unification, the revelations are profound”: The Age