Unknown Melbourne

Unknown Melbourne is a YouTube documentary series hosted by award-winning educator and designer Julian O’Shea, exploring and explaining the hidden side of the city. Explaining the bridge that keep being hit by trucks, to the pedestrian crossing button that features in a hit song - these unknown stories give an insight into the design, history and fascinating stories of the city of Melbourne.

Full Series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB0QHkByZcAhZxo6LEokuOl4DRN5kqZ2m

  • Julian O’Shea
  • Julian O’Shea
  • Julian O’Shea
  • Julian O’Shea
    Key Cast
    "Julian O’Shea"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    500 AUD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Monash University
  • YouTube Australian Breakout Creator of the Year
    December 1, 2021
    Breakout Creator of the Year (AU)
Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Country: Australia
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Julian O’Shea

Julian O’Shea is an award-winning engineer, academic and YouTuber. He is the creator of the popular Unknown Melbourne documentary series, which has received over 20 million views on YouTube and 5 million views on TikTok, since launching in 2020.

In 2021 he was named by YouTube as the Australian Breakout Creator of the Year, growing his channel to over 100,000 subscribers. His videos have been picked up by local and international media including ABC Radio, The Daily Mail, AsiaOne, Buzzfeed Australia, and more. He has collaborated with Engineers Australia; Griffith University and the State Library Victoria to create engaging public-facing educational video.

Julian has significant experience as an engaging educator and storyteller, having created a full length comedy storytelling show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival; and performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, SciFight Comedy Debate, Pint of Science, and winner of the 3 Minute Thesis research communication competition.

He bring big ideas to life including designing and building a solar powered tuk tuk that he drove across Australia as part of a storytelling project which featured in 20+ media articles and a short documentary that featured at the opening night of Transitions Film Festival.

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Director Statement

The Unknown Melbourne series has been a wonderful project during a locked-down period in history when we were required to stay within five kilometres from home. With travel off the agenda, it was great to take the chance to take a deep dive into the city I call home, and what has been called the “most liveable city in the world”.

It’s been great to see what feels like the most niche topics ever: the design of solar powered bins; pedestrian crossing buttons; and non-functional bridge pylons - reach millions of people around the world. I believe that people are curious about the world around them, and telling stories of the everyday in an upbeat and engaging way - that treats the audience like they’re smart, curious viewers, has really resonated.