Dialog Box

Environment | History | Indigenous | Rural
The Lake of Scars


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Story Consultant
Belinda Lopez
An accomplished and award-winning producer, writer and audio-documentary maker, Belinda is helping craft the narrative for The Lake of Scars. Amidst her academic work, Belinda also launched 2017's acclaimed ABC podcast 'This Is About'. 
Senior consultant
Andrew Pike
 Andrew Pike (Message From Mungo, Angels of War) is a multi-award winning director and producer, film distributor and historian. He is also the co-founder of Ronin Films.
Christian Pazzaglia
Christian is a creative producer, artistic director and programme curator from Italy via The Netherlands. In 2016 he co-produced the feature film ‘Yamato (California)’, directed by the award-winning Japanese filmmaker Daisuke Miyazaki. Christian has various film projects currently in production and development in Australia, Europe and China.
Director and Producer
Bill Code

Bill Code is an award-winning documentary and short-film producer with a background in video journalism. In 2014/5 Bill shot, directed and edited the multiple award-nominated half-hour documentary on Indigenous imprisonment Inside Out, which aired in prime-time on NITV and ran globally on The Guardian. Starting his career with SBS, he went on to become head of video at Guardian Australia, and has worked regularly for the BBC, ABC and Agence France Presse in Australia. He is currently a shooter/producer with Al Jazeera in the network's Sydney bureau. Bill’s 2016 short documentary Tent City for the BBC took home the Outstanding Online Video gong at the Kennedy Awards.

Community outreach: Archaeology
Tory Stening
Tory is an archaeologist with Comber Consultants who specialises in Indigenous heritage and is working in outreach in the film's promotional stages.
Drone photography
Rodney Dekker
Rodney Dekker is a documentary photographer and filmmaker who works in the environment and social justice spaces. He's shooting both drone and still photography for the project.
Andy Long, archaeologist and leading scarred tree expert:
"The Boort scarred trees are extremely important as a group, given their density, number and diversity of type, including exceptional surviving examples of bark removal and toe hold scars. They provide perhaps the only remaining opportunity for the study and protection of a traditional Aboriginal landscape through timber and trees."
Katharine Catelloti, Ecological Researcher:
"Perhaps no Australian tree is as iconic as the river red gum but remaining forests of these beautiful and ecologically significant eucalypts are under threat. River red gums stand amidst a struggle between the ever increasing demands for water by large scale agricultural industry and environmental conservation. The riparian habitats of river red gums are increasingly not receiving the water they need, while also facing pressures of logging and habitat removal. These trees can live for many hundreds of years and their presence is vital to the aquatic ecology and animals that are so unique and precious in the arid landscape of Australia. A large network of Australian scientists continue to work to highlight the precarious situation faced by river red gum flood plains and I am thrilled to know that a film which touches on both their environmental and cultural/historical significance can highlight the importance of looking after these icons of the Australian interior."
Paul Daley, novelist, historian and Guardian Australia columnist:
"The story of Lake Boort, told by Bill Code with compelling insight, is complex and multi-layered. First, it reaches backwards through tens of thousands of years of Dja Dja Wurrung custodianship. But in a time when the gulf between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous people seems to be widening, it also resonates today through the shared efforts between black and white Australians to preserve and protect remarkable natural and cultural heritage. There is a more recent shared history, too, that unfolded around the sacred scar trees and the middens - one of land dispossession and of the theft of precious cultural artefacts. Gary Murray, among the most remarkable activists of his generation and central to the story of then and now, is central to efforts to reconcile the wrongs of the past."