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THE GREAT FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Community, Education, Environment, Indigenous, Sport/Adventure
In a series of ten film vignettes, we illuminate the wonderment of the proposed Great Forest National Park <p><p></p><p><b>Place:</b> Capturing the majesty of the giant trees and ancient rocks that have existed here for millions of years - the rhythms of the life from the early morning mist to light filtering through the canopy mid-day. A cinematic portrait of the beauty held within this ancient forest. Cameras swept over the tops of the mountain ash trees and the largest flowering plant in the world while we capture the tiniest creatures rustling through the leaves below. This piece can be used both for projections and viral pieces online.</p><p><b>Adventure:</b> Australia is synonymous with adventure. People travel across the world to experience the wonder of our natural world in the backyard of cityscapes like Melbourne. Here we’ll follow renowned adventure athlete, Jeff Shapiro, as he and his comrades venture through the landscape from climbing exhaustingly tall ancient ash trees to flying across the landscape from the bird’s eye perspective in wing-suits and kayaking down pristine rivers that feeds the water supply of Melbourne.</p><p><b>Science:</b> Scientists discuss the forests as an ecosystem, watershed for Melbourne and capture carbon to light climate change. Here we follow one of the pioneering scientists as he illustrates the unseen beauty that science is discovering about this forest. Citizen scientists who volunteer tirelessly to save near extinct animals.</p><p><b>People:</b> Logging has been king in this landscape. Ancient trees have been felled and then churned into paper pulp as a driver of the economy. But there’s so much more here for the people surrounding this landscape. We’ll craft short narratives of people who are re-imagining uses for the Great Forest from foragers who find new sources of gourmet food, guest house owners, viticulturists and ecotourists who look at new ways for people to experience this environment as a pristine getaway. This piece will also touch on the indigenous community and their connection to this country. These are the portraits of people deeply in love with a landscape that sustains their life and livelihood while encouraging the broader community to see opportunity in a forest.</p><p><b>Finale:</b> Our final story is an amalgam of all these faces and characters and creatures we’ve found along our journey. This is a light-hearted and charming way to capture the wonderment of the forest through the eyes of our adventurers, scientists and even the creatures who inhabit the landscape. This piece showcases all the different ways one can inhabit and interact with The Great Forest National Park.</p></p>
Connection To Country
Arts, Education, Environment, Indigenous
Connection to Country follows a group of Indigenous people from the Pilbara as they battle to preserve Australia's unique cultural heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry. In the heart of Western Australia, the Burrup Peninsula hosts the largest concentration of rock art in the world; a dramatic, ancient landscape so sacred that it shouldn't be looked upon at all except by its Traditional Owners. In recent times this site of incalculable aesthetic and historical value is being threatened by industrialisation and development. The Burrup has become home to salt mines, iron ore port facilities and one of Australia’s largest gas plants. But the people of the Pilbara are fighting back on behalf of this most sacred of places and other important sites on their country - documenting the rock art, recording their thalu (increase) sites and battling to get their unique cultural heritage recognised and celebrated. Moreover Connection to Country is a one-hour documentary about the unbroken connection to country that is still surviving today as much as it was 70,000 years ago when in the words of the old people 'the world was soft'. The Galharra or skin system that governs culture and heritage is right at the heart of it too. The story explores how the WA State Government weakened the Aboriginal Heritage Ac (1972) without due process in order to make new mining projects easier to get started. Ultimately however, the main concern of Connection to Country is to explain the relationship that exists between Indigenous people and their land. People on their country interact with the land today like they have always done continuously and unbroken in time. As the old people always say, ‘we belong to the land, the land don’t belong to us’.