Speaker Details

Full Name
Alex West
Screen Australia
Head of Documentary
Country (Address)
Alex West has written, produced and directed over 40 factual and documentary series and specials for many TV networks, including BBC, C4, Five, ABC, SBS, National Geographic, Discovery and Seven.

He began his career in the USA, while a Fulbright Scholar, before returning to the UK to work with BBC.

As an EP at Wall to Wall Media, he co-created the celebrity genealogy hit global series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?

In Australia, he’s made many shows and specials including Ned Kelly Uncovered and Utopia Girls which was nominated for the 2013 NSW Premiers award for history. In 2011 Inside the Firestorm, the story of the Black Saturday Victorian bushfires, won 3 AFI’s as best feature length documentary.

In 2012 Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us, was nominated for the AACTA/AFI as Best Documentary Series and the Prime Ministers prize for Australian History. Alex is a three time Logie nominee.

He has recently produced several high profile ABC doco series. The Art of Australia, and Bodyline: The Ultimate Test presented by writer and comedian Adam Zwar. Recent TV series include ‘Making Australia Great’, ‘Revolution School’ and ‘Monash & Me’.

With Nicholas Brown, in 2020 he won the Emmy Award for best nature film for ‘The Serengeti Rules.

He was appointed Head of Documentary at Screen Australia in July 2021.