About Us

To explore… to discover those things unseen… to find the magic in moments… to look closer… to share with others and to feel… this is our purpose.

– Into the Wild Films

Who we are


Phil is an award winning videographer. In 2013 he won Best Film in the Tasmanian BOFA Film Festival “Essence of Tasmania” category for his documentary Tasmania Look Closer.  Phil is the videographer, editor and producer for Into the Wild Films.


Joan is the behind the scenes engine room of Into the Wild Films. Whether sorting out travel and logistics, writing social media posts or providing advice in the editing room Joan ensures we keep the production moving.

Our Story

In the end you only regret the chances you didn't take...

Our story begins in late 2012 when after 20 years of working we decided to throw in our jobs and spend a year long sabbatical travelling around Australia.

Into the Wild Films was originally launched on YouTube as Selmesfilms on the 9th of March 2013.  Our first natural history documentary, Wild Tasmania is still our most popular video on YouTube.

After returning to work we longed to venture back into the wild, free of daily commutes and work routines, exploring this vast country and creating new films. So in June 2018 we left our jobs again and set about planning an extended break doing what we love.

What originally began with a few video clips during a holiday in 2013 has gradually grown into a YouTube channel with well over a million views and thousands of subscribers.

Canyon, Carnarvon Gorge

In the Media

SBS / NITV uses Katherine Gorge Footage

Footage from our Katherine Gorge Film was licensed by SBS / NITV for use in the 'Living Black' current affairs story on Pat Dobson the 'Father of Reconciliation'.

Winner of the BOFA 'Essence of Tasmania' Film Festival

Our short film 'Tasmania Look Closer' wins joint best film and the people's choice award in the BOFA Essence of Tasmania Film Festival.

Incredible shots of marine life near Elizabeth Reef

The Daily Mail UK uses footage from our Lord Howe Island Film to showcase the rare marine life near Elizabeth Reef.

Minyon Falls captured in all its flooded glory

The Northern Star runs an article on our Minyon Falls in flood video.

Videographer showcases Gold Coast's 'Lost World'

MyGC News runs an article on our video 'Lost World'.

Drop everything and watch this video of our planet

A film we created using NASA International Space Station footage was picked up by a number of media outlets around the world.

Our films have been exhibited across the globe shared through social media sites and regional tourism boards.