hi! welcome to the video portfolio for mike clay, a documentary filmmaker & video-journalist based in Sydney, Australia.
the bastard son of a cook and a clown teacher, it was almost a fait accompli that mike would one day become a filmmaker.
as a documentary filmmaker, mike's passion is producing character-driven stories that explore difference and bring people together around a common set of experiences and desires. for mike, emotion and affect are more important than information. mike is currently working on his first documentary 'Tiger mum & the ballroom dancer', which follows a chinese-australian brother & sister dance duo as they compete in the international ballroom dance championships in the UK.
as a videojournalist, mike is a shooter-producer that seeks out small, investigative stories that need telling. currently, Mike is a reporter on ABC1's news commentary show, The Drum. previously, he's produced for Network Ten’s 'The Project' and SBS2's 'The Feed'. mike earned his stripes in journalism as an associate producer on the ABC's flagship news channel, ABC News 24. mike has also freelanced regularly with the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Guardian Australia, producing video-journalism news content for three of Australia's largest news websites.
when he's not holding a camera, mike is teaching others how to hold one. he has taught multi-platform journalism at the University of New South Wales and at AFTRS, Australia's peak film training institute.
mike's career in tv & film has spanned eight years, across Sydney, Melbourne and London, producing anything from short-form documentaries and news and current affairs ... to commercials and corporate videos ... and the odd ‘viral’ video.