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Chateau Chunder is a witty and entertaining documentary that tells the recent history of Australian wine, revealing how a small group of enterprising Australian winemakers took on the elitist world of wine … and won. Full of amusing anecdotes and fascinating insights, we see how changing the way Aussie wine was made and marketed transformed it from ridicule – ‘not for drinking but for laying down and avoiding’ – into an extraordinary international success story.

Photo credit Ash Charlton

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Yamatji Badimia, Yamatji Nanda & Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information

Writer & Director

Stephen Oliver

Executive Producers

Andrew Ogilvie

Andrea Quesnelle

Phil Craig

Line Producer

Rose Grandile-Pizzi


Andrew Hansen

Director of Photography

Ian Batt


Lawrie Silvestrin


Ash Gibson Greig

Sound Recordist

Ash Charlton

Director’s Attachment

Ingrid Longley


Greg Colgan

Natasha Harris

Director of Photography – Drama

Jim Frater

Art Department

Rainer Kosok

Makeup Artist

KT Crocker

Sound Editor and Mix

Ric Curtin

Graphics and Animation

Kingdom of Ludd

Key Locations

Margaret River, Western Australia

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Magill, South Australia

Rhone Valley, France

London, England


Parthenon Entertainment

EP Independent

History is Red and White

“Chateau Chunder is a light-hearted romp through the history of one of our great achievements.”

“It celebrates the determination and ingenuity of our winemakers who took on the world in what is a very competitive industry and won. Watch it and you’ll learn something about Australian wine that you didn’t know… but you don’t need to be a wine buff to enjoy it. Nor do you necessarily need to be Australian. It’s a universal story of triumph over adversity which will entertain viewers everywhere.”

– Andrew Ogilvie, Executive Producer

Photo credit Luke Gribble
Dramatic Reconstruction of the first Len Evans blind tasting to the Circle of London wine writers (L-R Lawrie Silvestrin, Andrea Gibbs, Greg McNeill, Sam Longley, Michael Djukic, Zach Dresler)
Photo credit Ash Charlton
Director Steve Oliver and cinematographer Ian Batt on location in South-Eastern Australia

Barrel-Aged Celluloid

“I doubt there are many filmmakers who would not want to make a film about wine.”

“As I discovered during this project, filmmakers and winemakers share many similar traits. Both disciplines require a balance of technical skill and artistic sensibility. Both are committed to producing something special that will provide pleasure and stimulate discussion. And both are used to hurdling a constant barrage of obstacles in the pursuit of their goal. Many winemakers said to me “you cannot make great wine without a struggle”, and I would argue that the same is true of filmmaking.”

– Steven Oliver, Writer and Director

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