Cronulla Riots: The Day that Shocked the Nation

  • Production for SBS Online and Screen Australia
  • Length — Digital Media Project and 1 hour documentary
  • Year — 2013
  • Official website


  • ATOM Awards 2015
    Best Game/Multimedia Production
  • Australian Screen Editors 2014
    Winner (Melanie Annan)
    Adobe Award for Best Editing in a Documentary Program
  • Walkley Awards 2014
    Multimedia Storytelling
  • Walkley Awards 2014
    Best Documentary
  • AIMIA Awards 2014
    Best Video
  • AIMIA Awards 2014
    Best Use Of Video
  • AIMIA Awards 2014
    Best of Websites/Online Services
    Cultural/Lifestyle category
  • Webby Awards 2014
    Best Visual Design Honouree


This online documentary explores the simmering tension between groups of Australians and Lebanese that led to the explosive riots at Sydney’s Cronulla beach one hot day in December 2005. Fuelled by sensational media reports, the riots and retaliation that followed, unleashed a series of confused ideas about patriotism and belonging.

The story of the Cronulla Riots will be told through a series of predominantly Lebanese testimonials from those who participated, observed or were affected by the events that unfolded over 10 days.

These are the intimate stories of roughly 20 individuals, many of whom have new and often counter-intuitive things to say.