BEYOND THE BURNING
Directed by: David Franjic
Script/interviews by: James Norman
Produced by: Environment Victoria
Duration: 25 minutes
Beyond the Burning is a production of Environment Victoria and was funded by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.
Now the smoke has cleared, how can we move forward from last summer’s devastating bushfires? Through intimate personal stories, Beyond the Burning explores the terrible toll of this tragedy, the underlying causes of climate change and destructive logging, and two inspiring local solutions – handing back forest management to Traditional Owners and rebuilding with renewables.
New Year’s Eve, 2019. The sky turns bright red in Mallacoota, East Gippsland, as a monstrous fire tears towards the town. Through mobile phone footage and interviews, bushfire survivors explain what it felt like to be there and the impact on local wildlife.
Afterwards, we see the scorched remains of a forest through the eyes of a renowned nature photographer. An ecologist revisits her favourite temperate rainforest – normally too wet to burn – and explains what’s being lost as a hotter climate dries out the bush.In other parts of the ravaged landscape, wildlife carers offer shelter to injured animals, and a beekeeper explains how destructive logging practices have contributed to the frequency and intensity of the recent fires.
From this tragedy emerge local solutions. Traditional Owners survey the regenerating bush for totem species, conduct cultural burns and begin the long process of taking back management of the land. And renewable energy companies install battery and solar systems to make remote communities more resilient to future climate disasters, accelerating the shift from coal and gas to clean energy.
Told in the authentic voices of East Gippsland residents, Beyond the Burning takes us through the tragedy of the 2019/20 fires and out the other side, towards a vision of a better future.
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES
Directed by: Joerg Adolph
Duration 96 minutes
When Peter Wohlleben published his book The Hidden Life of Trees in 2015, he stormed all the bestseller charts overnight. His writings opened our eyes to the wonder, glory and intelligent complexity of our beloved woods.
Now, in the documentary of the same name, Wohlleben explores and celebrates the beauty and magic of the forests, and reminds us of our need to protect them.The whole world is talking about the environment, but frequently fails to listen to nature itself. One man has made it his mission to change this and has promptly reached millions of people.
In his non-fiction bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, which has been published in over 40 countries and often appeared in Top Ten listings, Peter Wohlleben opened our eyes to the hidden world of the forest and the “Wood Wide Web”.
Wohlleben uncovers the solidarity and cohesion of the trees and strikes a chord with his ever-growing community of readers. Are trees able to talk? Do they have a memory and a social life? Wohlleben gets to the bottom of these questions and opens our eyes to the enchanting world of the woods.
Director Jörg Adolph (Parents’ School) combines the exciting portrait of a man who understands the language of trees with breathtaking nature footage from the world of forests to create a documentary which is just as entertaining as it is fascinating.