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Green Screen

Green Screen

Green Screen is a survey of recent and new release environmental documentaries showcasing national and international eco-stories. From the horrifying impact of the manufacturing industry to the beauty in the Australian wilderness and the everyday responsibilities of consumers, the program uncovers the arresting work of filmmakers committed to important environmental concerns.

Curated by Rosie Hays, with accompanying film notes. Presented in conjunction with Riverfestival 2008.

Production still from The The 11th Hour

The 11th Hour 2007 PG
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 91 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS/SCRIPT: LEILA CONNERS PETERSEN, NADIA CONNERS / PRODUCER/NARRATOR: LEONARDO DICAPRIO

The 11th Hour explores contemporary environmental concerns and strategies to effect change. Produced and narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio, the documentary features interviews with leading scientists and thinkers, such as physicist Stephen Hawking and former Soviet Prime Minster Mikhail Gorbachev. The 11th Hour stresses the urgency of environmental and political change to tackle the environmental impact of industrial civilisation.

Wed 3 Sept 4.00pm / Cinema B

Production still from Manufactured Landscapes

Manufactured Landscapes 2006 G
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 80 MINUTES, CANADA, ENGLISH, MANDARIN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: JENNIFER BAICHWAL

Drawing on photographer Ed Burtynsky’s work, Manufactured Landscapes documents the vast environmental impact the manufacturing industry has on the natural world. Visiting quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams, Burtynsky uncovers the little-seen source and consequence of industrial civilisation’s detritus.

Wed 3 Sept 6.00pm / Cinema B and Fri 5 Sept 5.00pm / Cinema A

       

Production still from Weather Report

Weather Report 2007 All ages
DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 52 MINUTES, CANADA, MANDARIN, HINDI, INUIT, SWAHILI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: BRENDA LONGFELLOW

Weather Report visits communities around the globe that are the forefront of global warming. In northwest China agricultural mismanagement has resulted in dust storms and desert conditions burying villages and forcing villagers to leave their homes and farms. In Mumbai, extreme monsoonal weather has left many homeless and businesses destroyed. Weather Report also surveys the organisations and companies leading the responses to such weather crises through effective design and technology.

Thu 4 Sept 12 noon / Cinema B

Production still from Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home 2007 All ages
DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 76 MINUTES, CANADA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: ANDREW NISKER

To measure the impact their waste has on the earth, the McDonalds –  an average urban family – are persuaded to keep their garbage in their garage for three smelly months. Director Andrew Nisker follows the disposal route of each type of rubbish used in the household, bringing into focus the social and environmental consequences of what we consume.

Fri 5 Sept 12 noon / Cinema B

The Franklin: Wild River 1980 All ages
16MM, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS: MICHAEL CORDELL, STACEY GAVRILY, CHRIS NOONE

Filmed as part of the campaign to prevent the Franklin River from being dammed, The Franklin: Wild River travels by inflatable raft down the length of the river with Bob Brown, then director of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society. After the damming of Lake Pedder, the Franklin River became a focal point in the national campaign to save wild spaces in south-west Tasmania that were being effected by the hydro-electric scheme.

Sat 6 Sept 4.00pm / Cinema B

Production still from Wilderness

Wildness 2002 G
16MM, MINI DV, DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 55 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: SCOTT MILLWOOD

Critically acclaimed wildlife photographers Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis believed quite simply that if you can show people the astounding beauty of Australia’s wilderness then you can motivate them to save it. Their work was integral to Australia’s most famous conservation battle: the campaign to save Tasmania’s lake system from being dammed for the hydro-electric scheme. Documenting  their deep love for the environment they captured on film and fought to preserve, Wildness features Truchanas’ images of Lake Pedder and Dombrovskis’ photograph of the Franklin River Rock Island Bend that have become iconic images of the environmental struggle in Australia.

Sat 6 Sept 3.00pm / Cinema B

Production still from The Islands Project

The Islands Project 2007 All ages
DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 102 MINUTES, CANADA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: MICHAEL STADTLÄNDER

Internationally renowned chef Michael Stadtländer journeys in his biodiesel/solar powered kitchen bus with his family and a crew of apprentices to prepare mouth-watering feasts that have as little environmental impact as possible. Creating eclectic dining experiences in the natural setting of Canada’s British Columbian Islands, Stadtländer prepares environmentally responsible cuisine, drawing from local produce and sustainable farming practices.

Sun 7 Sept 11.00am / Cinema B

Production still from Slow Food Revolution

Slow Food Revolution 2003 All ages
MINI DV, COLOUR, STEREO, 52 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: CARLO BURALLI

Slow Food Revolution documents the global movement of Slow Food – a group committed to protecting traditional cultures, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production. Interviewing a diverse range of participants, including indigenous farming communities in Mexico and Italian townships legislating against fast food outlets, Slow Food Revolution is an epicurean take on environmentalism.

Sun 7 Sept 3.30pm / Cinema B