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Thanks for taking the time to check out my portfolio! 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Australian Catholic University, 2003

  • Master of Journalism, Monash University, 2013 

  • Master of International Development and Environmental Analysis, Monash University, 2013

 

Awards:

  • Nominee for Young Australian of the Year ACT, 2010

  • Dean's Award, Monash University, 2011, 2012

  • Fellow, Filmmakers Without Borders, 2017

  • Grant Recipient, Walkley Foundation, 2020 

About:

My name's Kim Paul Nguyen and I'm a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker.

My work has been published by VICE, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, the Big Issue, Monocle, the Bhutan Broadcasting Service and others.

 

I've also made video content for the Sydney Opera House, the World Health Organisation, ARD (Germany), Greenpeace, GetUp (Australia) and many others. 

My work has taken me across Australia, Europe, the US, Central America, India, Bhutan and the Pacific Islands. I've also made short documentaries in Nigeria and Ghana. 

I'm always looking for new stories, ideas, projects and people to collaborate with. So please get in touch if you'd like to share ideas, discuss work opportunities or simply have a chat. You can reach me via the social media links above, or the contact form below.

 

Background:

When I was in high school I loved making films on my parents' camcorder, and imagined I'd end up in Hollywood, writing and directing my own blockbuster hits.

But instead, in 2003 I graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Social Work. Then I moved to the UK and worked in child protection investigations for 2 years, in both London and the Highlands of Scotland.

After that I spent 6 months travelling and volunteering in South America, discovering a love for Spanish and the natural environment. 

 

I returned to Australia in 2007 and went back to child protection investigation work, first in Melbourne, then Sydney.  

But in August 2008 I decided to ride my push bike all the way from Brisbane to attend the COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen. It took me almost 18 months, cycling across Australia, Asia and Europe, during which I returned to my love of writing and filming, recording the impacts of climate change as I travelled. 

By the end of 2009 I was in Europe and broke, and got a job in an Irish bar in Amsterdam. It was there I decided to try my hand at journalism, starting an international journalism course at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam

I returned to Melbourne in 2011 and started a double Masters program at Monash University, in Journalism and in International Development and Environment, working in disability services part-time.

 

I finished my Masters on exchange in Sweden, having spent 2 weeks in the far northern reaches of Scandinavia researching the impacts of industrialisation on the indigenous Sami people. From that research I made a very crappy student film, but also published one of my first feature articles, Reindeer herds in danger as Australia's mining boom comes to Sweden.  

I returned to Australia via the Philippines, just after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan had ripped through the country. There I published two stories for Al Jazeera, 100 days in the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan and A Filipino’s fight against climate change.

When I got back I applied for journalism jobs, but with no luck, returned to social work part time, whilst making videos for different small NGOs, and writing the occasional article, like The Buddha of Dandenong, which was published in the Big Issue. 

In 2016 I headed to the States to try my hand at freelancing again. I couldn't pick up any journalism work, but instead made videos for small businesses and NGOs in exchange for room and board as I travelled from California to Louisiana and then down through central America to Costa Rica.

 

In 2017 I headed to Bhutan to take up a Filmmakers Without Borders Fellowship, teaching film and making films in the remote Himalayan kingdom. A 30 minute documentary I made there about the emergence of civil society was nationally broadcast. 

When I got back to Australia in 2018 I was ready to give up on journalism and filmmaking, but managed to pick up a job at Greenpeace Australia, as their Multimedia Producer. I stayed there until mid-2019 when I decided it was time to give freelancing another try. And that's what I've been doing ever since. 

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