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Green Screen

Green Screen

4 – 10 October 2010

The Australian Cinémathèque presents Green Screen, a selection of recent and new release environmental documentaries showcasing international eco-stories. Presented in conjunction with the design triennial Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific, the program focuses on environmental and urban design issues relating to the Asia-Pacific region.

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Up the Yangtze 2007 M

Up the Yangtze 2007 M

Wed 6 Oct 12.00pm and Fri 8 Oct 12.00pm / Cinema B

35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 93 MINUTES, CANADA, ENGLISH/MANDARIN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: YUNG CHANG / PRODUCERS: MILA AUNG-THWIN, GERMAINE YING-GEE WONG (NFB), JOHN CHRISTOU / CINEMATOGRAPHER: WANG SHI QING / EDITOR: HANNELE HALM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: GIL SCRINE FILMS

‘In China, it is simply known as “The River.” But the Yangtze—and all of the life that surrounds it—is undergoing a truly astonishing transformation wrought by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam. Canadian documentary filmmaker Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous, now-disappearing landscape of his grandfather’s youth to trace the surreal life of a “farewell cruise” that traverses the gargantuan waterway. With Altmanesque narrative agility, a humanist gaze and wry wit, Chang’s Upstairs Downstairs approach beautifully captures the microcosmic society of the luxury liner. Below deck: A bewildered young girl trains as a dishwasher—sent to work by her peasant family, who is on the verge of relocation from the encroaching floodwaters. Above deck: A phalanx of wealthy international tourists set sail to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux. The teenaged employees who serve and entertain them—now tagged with new Westernized names like “Cindy” and “Jerry” by upper management—warily grasp at the prospect of a more prosperous future. Singularly moving and cinematically breathtaking, Up the Yangtze gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large.’ Zeitgeist Films

The Burning Season 2008 PG

The Burning Season 2008 PG

Tue 5 Oct 12.00pm and Sat 9 Oct 11.00am / Cinema B

DIGITAL BETACAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 90 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH/BAHASA (ENGLIGH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: CATHY HENKEL / PRODUCERS: JEFF CANIN, CATHY HENKEL / CINEMATOGRAPHERS: LEONARD RETEL HELMRICH, ISMAIL FAHMI LUBIS / EDITOR: JANE ST VINCENT WELCH / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: GIL SCRINE FILMS

‘Dorjee Sun, a 29 year old entrepreneur, believes there's money to be made from saving rainforests in Indonesia and making a real impact on climate change. Armed with a laptop and a backpack, he sets out across the globe to find investors in his scheme. Meanwhile another burning season gets underway. A small-scale farmer wrestles with the dilemma of clearing his land. And at her rehabilitation centre in Borneo, a wildlife carer battles overcrowding and despair as more orangutans are rescued from the fires. This is the story of a young man not afraid to single-handedly confront the biggest challenge of our time. His determination to succeed and his award-winning achievement will uplift and entertain audiences and inspire hope in our future.’ SBS Film

Cities on Speed: Shanghai Space 2009 Ages 15+

Cities on Speed: Shanghai Space 2009 Ages 15+

Sun 10 Oct 1.00pm (with Sun Come Up) / Cinema B

DIGITAL BETACAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 60 MINUTES, DENMARK, MANDARIN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: NANNA FRANK MØLLER / PRODUCER: HELLE FABER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: NANNA FRANK MØLLER, KE DINGDING / EDITOR: ÅSA MOSSBERG / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MONDAY PRODUCTION

‘Shanghai is an explosion of transformation. Every other day a new building is completed, and every year the city's population grows by half a million people. Authorities are desperately seeking out more space, while the city's inhabitants must adapt to constantly changing surroundings. In an office on the 20th floor, government advisor Professor Shu prepares the next generation of young urban planners for Shanghai's future. In order to find the space needed for Shanghai's millions of inhabitants, planners are now looking underground.’ Danish Film Institute

Cities on Speed: Mumbai Disconnected 2009 Ages 15+

Cities on Speed: Mumbai Disconnected 2009 Ages 15+

Sun 10 Oct 3.00pm / Cinema B

DIGITAL BETACAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 58 MINUTES, DENMARK, ENGLISH/HINDI/MARATHI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTORS/CINEMATOGRAPHERS: CAMILLA NIELSSON, FREDERIK JACOBI / PRODUCERS: HENRIK VEILEBORG, JESPER JACK, ANNA-MARIA KANTARIUS / EDITOR: NIELS PAGH ANDERSEN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UPFRONT FILMS

‘Like a city on steroids, Mumbai is rapidly becoming one of the world's biggest megacities. But it's all happening on a narrow peninsula with an infrastructure on the verge of complete collapse. Every day, 10-12 people die from falling off the overcrowded public trains. On the roads, cars come to a stand-still in serial traffic jams. To make matters worse, the Nano, India's new popular and affordable mini car, has just been launched. Through three interwoven human stories, we meet the people at the frontline of Mumbai's infrastructural battle. One thing is certain: urban planning is not easy in the world's largest democracy!’ Danish Film Institute

Cowboys in India 2009 Ages 15+

Cowboys in India 2009 Ages 15+

Mon 4 Oct 12.00pm / Cinema B

HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 79 MINUTES, UNITED KINGDOM/INDIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER: SIMON CHAMBERS / PRODUCERS: TEDDY LEIFER, PAUL TAYLOR / EDITOR: OLLIE HUDDLESTON / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: RISE FILMS

‘Simon Chambers wants to find out if a large industrial complex run by the British mining company Vedanta in the Indian region of Orissa can help the local community flourish. But his attempts to hire local guides border on the ludicrous; they get lost, and then complain of leg pains to avoid taking him on tour. Even his chauffeur takes off. Then he realises why; although there are hospitals, there are no doctors, wastewater has been leaking into the river and there are many other rumours from all sides. That's when Chambers realises that his guides are not incompetent - just fully aware they are risking quite a lot by accompanying an inquisitive foreigner...’ Channel 4

The End of the Line 2009 G

The End of the Line 2009 G

Wed 6 Oct 6.30pm and Thu 7 Oct 12.00pm / Cinema B

HD CAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 85 MINUTES, UNITED KINGDOM, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: RUPERT MURRAY / PRODUCERS: CLARE LEWIS, GEORGE DUFFIELD / BASED ON THE NOVEL OF THE SAME NAME BY CHARLES CLOVER / EDITOR: CLAIRE FERGUSON / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: OVATION MEDIA

The End of the Line…examines the imminent extinction of Bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation. Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. One of his allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo – on the trail of those destroying the world's magnificent Bluefin tuna population. Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.’ The Fish Film Company 

Sun Come Up 2010 All ages

Sun Come Up 2010 All ages

Sun 10 Oct 1.00pm (with Cities on Speed: Shanghai Space) / Cinema B

DIGITAL BETACAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 38 MINUTES, USA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JENNIFER REDFEARN / PRODUCERS: TIM METZGER, JENNIFER REDFEARN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: TIM METZGER / EDITOR: DAVID TEAGUE / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BIG RED BARN FILMS

‘Carteret Islanders have no time for debate about climate change. They are too busy counting the days they have left on their beloved islands before they succumb to the South Pacific Ocean. Already the rising waters have saturated their crops, requiring them to seek emergency aid from afar. Now they are forced to make the painful choice of whether to evacuate and resettle on a larger island or cling to their land and unique way of life.’ Fullframe Film Festival