2005, Total Running Time 257 Minutes
What you think about wilderness depends on who and where you are...
Film Australia's Wilderness journeys across the country from the early 20th century to the present day, to reflect changing ideas and attitudes.
Drawing on a selection of remarkable films from the Film Australia Library and the Archives Office of Tasmania, this beautifully designed two-DVD set explores the concept of wilderness.
In addition to magnificent still photographs, it includes selections from some of the country’s most significant documentaries including Franklin River Journey, Lake Pedder, The Edge of the World, Kakadu Man, From the Tropics to the Snow, Small Island Big Fight, Frozen Images and Among the Hardwoods. Jeannie Baker’s award-winning animation Where the Forest Meets the Sea is included and a second DVD features the acclaimed documentary Wildness in full. Wildness examines the legacy of Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis, two of Australia’s greatest wilderness photographers.
Interviews with contemporary commentators examine themes from art to activism - looking at wilderness as home, or as something to conquer, treasure, exploit or save.
Providing access to additional materials such as transcripts and a study guide, Film Australia's Wilderness is an excellent teaching tool and a thought-provoking and visually stunning foray into the Australian wilderness - real and imagined.
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Roar Film. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Director/Writer: Stephen Thomas
Total Running Time: 180 Minutes
Curriculum Links: Environmental Education/Studies, Visual Arts, Geography, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), Outdoor Education, Tourism, Politics, English and Media Studies.