Saturday 28 October @ 5.45pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
2017| CTC | 80 mins| Australia | D: Kim Beamish
Oysters are “the canaries in our estuaries”: sensitive creatures that react to subtle changes in climate and water quality, and prone to predators that multiply in warmer water. From Kim Beamish, the Canberran who made The Tentmakers of Cairo (shown at CIFF in 2015), this observational documentary focuses on an oyster-farming family at Merimbula on the south coast of NSW, and their travails with officialdom, climate change, and the vagaries of small business survival. OYSTER is both a romantic vision of tranquil beauty and a life close to nature, and also a thoroughly engaging story of human endeavour against odds that are slowly but surely escalating. Beamish’s collaborator, producer Pat Fiske, is attending CIFF for this screening and also for her film Rocking the Foundations (Sun 29 Oct at 1pm).