Dialog Box

Environment | History | Indigenous | Rural
The Lake of Scars


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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 Cinematographer
Bill Code
Bill is a freelance shooter/producer with the likes of Al Jazeera, BBC and others, a former video producer with The Guardian, and an award-winning short documentary maker. He produced and shot the 2014 film Inside Out: Indigenous imprisonment in Australia (NITV/The Guardian).
Cultural Advisor
Ngarra Murray
Ngarra is a Dja Dja Wurrung (Yung Balug), Yorta Yorta (Wallithica), Wamba Wamba (Goirmjanyuk), Dhudhuroa woman whose country and family is at the heart of this film. She is the national manager of Oxfam Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's Program, a member of the National NAIDOC committee and a Board Member of the Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls Foundation (she is also their great granddaughter)
Uri Mizrahi
Uri is a Melbourne-based editor with more than 30 years experience. He edited Putuparri and the Rainmakers, Guilty (Myuran Sukumaran),The Coming Back Out Ball Movie and The Buchenwald Ball. We're thrilled to have him.
Executive Producer
Shaun Miller
Shaun Miller has joined as both an EP and legal advisor to the Lake of Scars. From his Melbourne base Shaun has worked on scores of documentary projects with countless filmmakers. 
Impact Consultant
Alex Kelly
Alex is one of Australia's leading impact producers and will be working with The Lake of Scars' impact producer in due course. She was impact producer for Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything documentary and is a producer on the acclaimed 2019 documentary Island of the Hungry Ghosts. She lives on Dja Dja Wurrung country not far from the lakes at Boort. 
Story editor
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.
Drone and stills 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.
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."
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.
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."
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."