ABC announces Your Planet Short Docs

The ABC is pleased to announce the eleven selected projects for the Your Planet Short Docs initiative.

The ABC has partnered with Doc Society and State and Territory funding agencies – Screenwest, VicScreen, Screen Tasmania, Screen Queensland and Screen Territory – to offer early career filmmakers an opportunity to create a short documentary focussing on climate and environmental solutions.

The result is that these next generation film makers have delivered a diverse and thought-provoking catalogue of documentaries that shine a light on people and communities designing and acting for a positive future.

From wildlife defenders to waste warriors, from valleys to reefs and powerful stories from First Nations filmmakers. These stories will transport the audience across Australia and showcase solutions to some of the challenges facing our environment.

Richard Huddleston, Acting Head of Factual and Culture said: “I am delighted to be partnering with the Doc Society, our screen agencies and Sydney Film Festival for this ambitious initiative. Helping such a passionate group craft their stories on this important issue is exciting for everyone involved and demonstrates the ABC’s ongoing commitment to supporting Australia’s emerging documentary filmmakers.”

As part of the initiative, the filmmakers were provided with production funding and are being guided through a mentorship program with the ABC Factual and Culture team and Doc Society to support their creative journey while making the films.

Hollie Fifer, Director of Australian Programs, Doc Society said: “We are proud to be a partner for this initiative that is creating a wave of solution driven climate and environmental documentaries from across Australia. Over the course of the program, each film team will have access to ABC’s and Doc Society’s mentors and support to elevate and realise their creative ambitions that will move us all closer to a climate just and biodiverse future.”

The Sydney Film Festival has agreed to review the eleven films with the intention of programming the slate of documentaries for the 2023 Sydney Film Festival.

The films will form part of the ABC’s significant climate and environment content for 2023 which will also include a new season of War on Waste, Ningaloo Nyinggulu, The Platypus Guardian and Dolphins: Is Our Love Too Deep.

Your Planet Short Docs

Road Kill Warriors (TAS)

Producer/Director: Lara van Raay

Executive Producer: Kalita Corrigan (ABC)

Synopsis: 400,000 animals are killed on Tasmanian roads every year. That’s 45 – every hour. Meet the women who have decided that enough is enough and are tackling this issue in unique and sometimes controversial ways. They are the wildlife defenders. Raising the alarm to a massive, deadly problem.

After The Smoke (VIC)

Producer: Stephanie Sabrinskas

Director: Josie Hess

Executive Producer: Teri Calder (ABC)

Synopsis: A collage of artists’ interpretations illustrate the story of Wendy Farmer, housewife turned activist and founder of Voices of the Valley. Wendy recounts how the devastating Hazelwood mine fire led her to find her voice as an activist, fighting for a new identity for The Latrobe Valley as a renewable hub.

Wing Threads (VIC)

Producer/Director: Chris McCormack

Executive Producer: Madeleine Hawcroft (ABC)

Synopsis: A journey around Australia on the smallest of wings. Zoologist turned pilot, Amellia Formby, is on a mission to share her love for migratory shorebirds. In her microlight aircraft she will brave the elements, just like these avian marvels, as she searches for solutions to the many threats they face.

For Frogs Sake (VIC)

Producers: Derek Ho, Kyria Kopoulos, Lynette Plenderleith

Director: Derek Ho

Executive Producer: Julie Hanna (ABC)

Two female conservationists fighting against time to save the endangered and elusive Giant Burrowing Frogs in regional Victoria.

Yurmulun (WA)

Producer/Director/Editor: Marlikka Perdrisat

Executive Producer: Kelrick Martin (ABC), Damon Gameau (Regen Studios), Anna Kaplan (Regen Studios)

Country was getting lonely, and we wanted to walk with it again, and now we want you to walk with us. The Yurmlun Heritage Trek travels from Yurmlun to Balginjirrthrough Nyikina Country, and alongside Martuwarra. Together, we can keep Country company.

Mad about Maggots (WA)

Production Company: Stir Fry Content

Producer: Elsie Shaw

Directors: Toby Bajrovic, Elsie Shaw

Writer: Patrick Hogan

Executive Producer: Leo Faber (ABC)

Synopsis: With one third of the food we produce being thrown away, food waste now contributes to 30% of global emissions. Scientist Luke Wheat has decided to do something about it, and has recruited a few million black soldier flies to help with his cause.

The Number 2 Solution (QLD)

Producer/Director: Morgan Pelt

Executive Producer: Penny Palmer (ABC)

Synopsis: Brisbane based scientists build Australia’s first facility to transform human waste into a renewable energy and a sustainable product called Biochar.

The Oyster Gardener (QLD)

Producer: Julia Lörsch

Director/Writer/Editor: Kim Ingles Impact Producer: Jayde Harding Director of Photography: Wes Greene

Executive Producers: Stephen Oliver (ABC), Damon Gameau (Regen Studios), Anna Kaplan (Regen Studios)

Synopsis: Can a functionally extinct reef system be brought back to life? Jolie, a grade -12 student and aspiring marine biologist, joins forces with her community to bring back the lost oyster reefs of the Noosa river.

Power To Country (NT)

Producer/Supervising Director: Genevieve Grieves

Producers: Andrea Distefano, Libby Collins

Director: Josef Jakamarra Egger

Co-Director: Conrad Rory

Executive Producer: Kelrick Martin (ABC)

Synopsis: Shirley was forced from her homelands because of energy insecurity. The place she escaped to is also at risk, and dealing with environmental threats to Country. But her community are fighting back. In this remote part of the NT, an energy revolution is beginning …and Shirley might just get home.

Mamirnikuwi (NT)

Producers: Antonia Burke, Caro Macdonald

Director: Rebecca Parker

Executive Producer: Stephen Oliver (ABC)

Synopsis: After discovering that her home on the Tiwi Islands is at risk from a huge gas project, Antonia Burke mobilises her community and the first ever Tiwi Women’s Ranger group is born.

Nyarrpararla Malaju? (Where Have All The Mala Gone?) (NT)

Producer/Director: Anna-Marie Harding

Executive Producer: Teri Calder (ABC)

Synopsis: Mala (Rufous Hare-Wallaby) are powerful ancestors in Warlpiri people’s Jukurrpa (dreaming), but what happens to the Jukurrpa when there are no more Mala? Through the story of this Warlpiri Jukurrpa, the film looks into the effects of climate change and environmental issues on Indigenous song lines and connected wildlife. Using the knowledge of their ancestors to preserve culture and Country for generations to come, Warlpiri Traditional Owners share their wisdom on how to care for Country.

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