Feature Documentary /
Australian based with an international focus, here at GoodThing Productions, we develop and produce projects with a clear pathway to audience.
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.Mae West
Award winning producer Nick Batzias has almost twenty years’ experience in the film industry having worked across acquisition, distribution and production. In 2018 he founded GoodThing Productions after over 15 years at Madman Entertainment and as Head of Madman Production Company. GoodThing focuses on the production of Narrative and Factual projects for screens big and small. Recent projects include feature documentaries AACTA award winning The Australian Dream and 2040, as well as Justin Kurzel’s Nitram which was selected in Official Competition at Cannes 2021, winning the award for Best Actor, as well as 8 AACTA Awards, including Best Film.
In addition to Nitram, other recent releases include of narrative feature Nude Tuesday and feature documentaries Greenhouse by Joost and Clean (SxSW 2022, MIFF Closing Night).
Goodthing’s upcoming slate includes features and Television both Narrative and Factual, with past and new creative collaborators.
Virginia Whitwell is a highly experienced producer having been in the industry for over twenty five years. She is the Head of Production and Partner at Good Thing Productions after being Head of Production at Madman Production Company. She has produced many award winning scripted and factual projects including Nitram (Justin Kurzel), Nude Tuesday (Armagan Ballantyne), The Australian Dream (Daniel Gordon), 2040 (Damon Gameau). Hailing from the UK, she has worked on numerous productions all over the world. Her extensive production experience includes projects for Warner Bros, HBO, Lucasfilm, EON, 20th Century Fox and Universal.
Head of Factual
Charlotte started her career in the UK and over the course of a 15-year career worked with BBC, History, Discovery, National Geographic and PBS. Since relocating to Australia she has worked as a Producer and Production Executive and as of 2022 became Head of Factual at GoodThing Productions.
Her credits include AACTA nominated Clean (SXSW/ SBS), Off Country (MIFF/NITV), Collingwood: From the Inside Out (MIFF/ABC), Audience award winning Greenhouse by Joost (MIFF) and recently release Adelaide Film Festival feature documentary You Can Go Now.
Rhian is an experienced writer, producer and director with a diverse body of work and a love of observational documentaries. She first joined forces with GoodThing to create Off Country, following the lives of Indigenous scholarship students through a year boarding at Geelong Grammar School. Rhian now works across the factual slate with Charlotte Wheaton as a writer, producer and director.
In earlier work Rhian produced My Mother’s Lost Children for ABC and BBC Storyville and Outback Rabbis for SBS’s Untold Australia, together with Lizzette Atkins. Directing highlights include the AACTA nominated Matilda and Me for ABC, feature doc Rock n Roll Nerd charting Tim Minchin’s meteoric rise to comic superstar and The Kindness of Strangers exploring the science of altruism, winning the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism.
Lauren Merolli is a seasoned Development Executive, with over a decade of experience working in TV Production and Broadcasting. She has played a key role in identifying and nurturing compelling content across various platforms. Lauren has worked as a Script Coordinator, Storyliner, Script Editor, Writer and most recently was a Development Executive at the Australian Broadcasting Company. Known for her keen eye for emerging talent and a thorough understanding of audience preferences, Lauren has been instrumental in bringing numerous successful projects to fruition; her credits include Frayed, Wakefield, Bay of Fires, Summer Love, the Heights (to name a few). She was also Executive Producer on Superwog and the Housemate for the ABC. Her passion for storytelling and dedicated approach to development is what drives her.
Anna is an emerging Melbourne based Producer with a focus on impact through story. Anna has produced a range of short films and documentaries which have featured in festivals around Australia. Anna has worked on Australian feature films Paper Champions and The Fort. Her short films include I Don’t Speak (Winner Best Female Filmmaker Rode Reel 2019), The King of Frankston (2019) (MDFF, MWFF) the VICE originals Party In The Back and TIKTOK Series Suburban Legends. Passionate about social impact through story telling Anna’s experience also sits across Impact on projects like 2040 and Regenerating Australia.