Top and Middle: launching Sydney Opera House’s collection on Google Arts & Culture. Photo credit: Hugh Peterswald/Getty.
Bottom: on stage at TEDx Melbourne.



LATCHKEY is the studio name for works by me,
Sam Doust.

I work in many forms of screen narrative and interactive design, from multi-platform content, to motion graphicsdocumentaries and alternate reality fiction.

Latchkey takes a craft approach to projects and delivers cultural works to organisations such as the Sydney Opera House, Google, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

I work on my own and also collaborate with other artists, developers and engineers.

Some background

I’m a multi-disciplined visual artist, writer and director, producer and project manager, specialising in digital narrative, design and production.

Recent projects include cultural works for Sydney Opera House, and a major education series for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

At the Opera House, these include permanent narrative video installations for The Lounge and the Southern Heritage Wall of the Welcome Centre as well as their multi-language tours film, and their presence on the Google Cultural Institute (published in April 2016).

For ABC/DVA, six tablet computer apps in a series detailing Australia’s wartime record in WW1. These include a remastering of the 2009 AFI award-winning documentary Gallipoli: the first day,  The Battles of Fromelles and PozièresThe Battles of Third Ypres and The Battle of Beersheba, Women’s War and Home Front.

Previously I spent over 12 years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, eight of them as creative director of Strategic Development for the Innovation Division, where I led projects that identified the ABC as a major innovator in digital content. These included The Opera House ProjectBluebird ARGallipoli the first day, the Four Corners Broadband Editions, all multi-award winning projects. As my first project for ABC Innovation, I conceived of and developed ABC iview.

I’ve spoken at TEDx on the and new tools of digital storytelling, and been a mentor at X Media Lab, as well as a guest lecturer and speaker at numerous conferences, universities and events, from the Australian Film Television and Radio School to Australian Screenwriters Conferences and the Melbourne Writers Festival.

I’ve been awarded as a writer, director, producer, editor, graphic designer, motion graphics artist, executive producer and project manager and I’m a professional member of AACTA and the Australian Writers’ Guild.

On Twitter @samdoust and on LinkedIn.