David Peterson is an Australian writer, film editor, and software developer with a passion for storytelling. Growing up in Papua New Guinea and teaching in Ethiopia, David developed a keen interest in crafting unique concepts that connect people from different cultures and challenge their preconceptions.

He co-created the Audible Original Beyond Strange Lands and won the 2020 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing (Unproduced) for his sci-fi drama Untethered. His editing work includes projects like Bluey (Winner, International Emmy), Post Mortem Mary (Winner, Best Short Film at Sitges), and Two Weeks (Winner, Best Web Series at SAE Atom Awards).

In his free time, David enjoys exploring new programming languages, playing video games, or pondering ways to break the speed of light.

Navigating the World (2023)

Navigating the World transports viewers to the ‘must see’ natural, ancient, and iconic treasures throughout the many different regions and countries that make up this vast and beautiful planet.

Produced by Wildbear Entertainment and Cut2Clock for Paramount+, David edited several episodes of this 12-part documentary series.

SpaceX Unleashed (2021)

Rocket through SpaceX history from 2006 to 2021, with footage from every launch, starting with the first Falcon 1, through the Falcon 9, Dragon, Falcon Heavy, and Crew Dragon, up to SN15, the first Starship prototype to successfully take off and land in one piece (without exploding soon after).

David produced and edited this short film.

Untethered (in development)

Untethered follows the story of a former refugee who must learn to depend on her crew and confront the storms of her past to survive when her prototype ship is damaged en route to Mars.

This sci-fi drama feature screenplay, which won the 2020 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing (Unproduced), was written by David Peterson with support from Screen Queensland.

Beyond Strange Lands (2020)

In a thrilling quest to unravel a decades-old mystery, Fiona and her grandson Ethan uncover a collection of old audio tapes left behind by her mother Melissa, who disappeared in search of her missing husband, paranormal expert Grant Peters. As they follow the clues, they confront sinister forces that will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden.

This Audible Original Podcast, co-written by David Peterson & Simon Taylor, was developed and produced with investment from Screen Queensland. Available on Audible (Australia | UK | USA).

Robbie Hood (2019)

Robbie Hood is a captivating TV series following a thirteen-year-old misfit with a heart of gold who uses his charm to right the wrongs he sees happening in his community.

Robbie Hood is a Ludo Studio and Since1788 production for SBS, directed by Dylan River, written by Kodie Bedford, and produced by Tanith Glynn-Maloney and Meg O’Connell. Charlie Aspinwall, Daley Pearson, and Sue Masters served as executive producers. David showcased his editing expertise by crafting the trailer for the series.

Bluey (2018-2019)

Join Bluey, a spirited six-year-old Blue Heeler dog, as she transforms everyday family life into extraordinary adventures that develop her imagination, mental, physical, and emotional resilience.

Winner of an International Emmy in 2019, created by Joe Brumm and produced by Ludo Studio, Bluey airs on ABC Kids and Disney+. David contributed as an editor on over a dozen episodes across seasons 1 & 2.

Dinghy Girls (2018)

Embark on an adventure with the Dinghy Girls, a group of fearless Torres Strait women who embrace the wild frontier of their sea country. Young, spirited, and thirsting for adventure, they conquer the vast seascape of the Torres Strait.

Watch it on ABC iView in 2018. Written and directed by Shanice Tabua, produced by Aaron Fa’aoso. David served as the editor.

Post Mortem Mary (2017)

Embark on a thrilling journey with Post Mortem Mary, a short horror film set in 1840s Australia, following a mother and her daughter who run a post-mortem photography business while grappling with the daughter’s fear of death.

Premiered at SCREAMFEST LA in 2017, this award-winning film took home Best Short Film at Sitges Film Festival and Molins in 2018. Written and directed by Joshua Long, produced by Daniel Schultz, with David showcasing his editing skills.

Two Weeks (2017)

Two Weeks is a 9-part LGBTQ web series that delves into the challenges faced by several 20-somethings at critical turning points in their lives as they strive to define themselves.

The series earned the title of Best Student Series at the Melbourne Web Fest and received nominations for Best Editor and Best Web Series at the T.O. WEBFEST. Mary Duong created the series, with Rhiannon Steffensen as producer. David provided his editing skills for episodes 1-3.

Escape Velocity (2016)

Take a thrilling ride through the history of human space exploration, from the first rocket launch in 1926 to the groundbreaking achievements of Gagarin, Armstrong, Hubble, Curiosity, and beyond.

David produced and edited this captivating short documentary, viewed over 4 million times on YouTube.

Hiraeth (2015)

Hiraeth tells the story of Angie, who grieves the loss of her estranged father by breaking into his home to reconnect with his memory. She soon encounters Erin, the woman responsible for tearing their family apart.

This emotionally charged short film was written and directed by Katherine Chediak Putnam and produced by Dean Law, with David serving as the editor.

Password available upon request.

There’s Something I Want To Tell You (2014)

A series of three short documentary films aimed at raising awareness about HIV prevention. David contributed as an assistant editor, working alongside Hoodlum who produced the series for HIV Foundation Queensland.

The World Outside My Window (2013)

The World Outside My Window is a montage of time-lapse photography from the International Space Station, featuring images captured during Expeditions 29, 30, and 31.

This short film, produced and edited by David, was showcased as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

In Transit (2013)

In Transit is a captivating short film that explores the long-distance online friendship between an Australian girl and a Singaporean guy. Can their connection evolve into something more?

Co-written by David Peterson and Kelvin Chua, directed by Kelvin, and produced by David at Griffith Film School. This internationally acclaimed film was shot on location in Australia and Singapore, screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner, the St. Kilda Short Film Festival in 2013, and broadcast on SBS in 2014.

Griffith Film School

David completed a Bachelor of Film & Screen Media in 2012 and a Master of Screen Production in 2019 at Griffith University.

All Alone in the Night (2011)

Experience breathtaking views of Earth from the International Space Station in this awe-inspiring short film, which has garnered over 22 million views since its release in November 2011.

Featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, David produced and edited this captivating visual journey.

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