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Waterbyrd Filmz is a media production company based in Melbourne, Australia since 1996.

We specialise in feature length documentaries, factual television and commercial work and have told stories in a range genres (including historical, arts, sports, and health and sciences) and storytelling styles.

Our films have been shown in cinemas, screened by domestic broadcasters ABC, SBS and Foxtel, and have screened at film festivals around the world. Our work has taken us around the globe and we have been privileged to tell some amazing stories.


Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe are award winning and AACTA nominated filmmakers. They have been producing and directing documentaries for more than 20 years.

Their works include: Vivian Bullwinkel: An Australian Heroine (2007, ABC1), Ballroom Rules (2011, ABC1), and Curtain Call (2014, Melbourne International Film Festival).

Nick and Eleanor’s last film, Remembering the Man (2015) had its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival where it won the Audience Award. The film went on to win the awards for best documentary at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival and Miami LGBT Film Festival. Remembering the Man also won the ATOM award for Best Documentary (Biography), the Australian Screen Editors Ellie Award for best editing and was nominated for two AACTA Awards for best editing and best feature length documentary.

MAMIL: Middle Aged Men in Lycra (2017, Adelaide Film Festival) is Nick and Eleanor’s most recent film together.

Nickolas and Eleanor are currently working on Delinquent Angel, a feature length documentary about the life of Australian poet Shelton Lea.

Awards & Nominations

  • Adelaide Film Festival 2015
    Winner – Audience Award - Best Documentary
  • ATOM Awards 2015
    Winner – Best Documentary (Biography)
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival 2016
    Winner – Audience Award - Best Documentary
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2016
    Winner – Jury Prize Best Documentary (Australian or International)
    Winner – Audience Award for Best Documentary (Australian or International)
  • ELLIE Awards 2016 (Australian Screen Editors Awards)
    Winner – Best editing in a documentary feature
  • Australian Directors Guild Awards 2016
    Nominated – Best Feature Documentary
  • Screen Producers Australia Awards 2016
    Nominated – Best Documentary
  • AACTA Awards 2016 (Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts)
    Nominated – Best Feature Documentary
    Nominated – Best Editing in a Documentary

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Phone: +61 3 9439 0089
Email: info@waterbyrdfilmz.com