Posts Tagged ‘film’

Footprint Flicks: Sustainable Gardening Films

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 19th, 2011

Last week, Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) launched their series of Sustainable Gardening short films, Footprint Flicks. Jane Edmanson of ABC’s Gardening Australia launched the films, drawing the connections between gardening for health as well as gardening for local action in response to climate change, and the role of technology in supporting people who want to get involved in gardening.

Helen Tuton from the SGA co-wrote the films with Suzi Taylor from Fingerprint Productions.  Helen says that the films are designed to inspire younger people to garden in a way that benefits the planet, while being fun, informative and appealing.  We were lucky enough to watch some of the films during the launch, and it’s fair to say that they have achieved what they set out to do – the audience roared with laughter, while taking notes on topics such as “DIY Compost: Lord of the Bins”, “Renters’ Guide to Sustainable Gardens”, and “How to be a Good Parent to Your Worms”.

The films will be available to buy on DVD very soon, but in the meantime visit the SGA site for a sneak preview of three of the films; Renter’s Guide to Sustainable Gardening, How to be a Good Parent to Your Worms and OMG I’m Going Grey.

“The Economics of Happiness”: Film Screening

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 15th, 2011

Both hard-hitting and inspirational, the film ‘The Economics of Happiness’ reveals some uncomfortable truths about today’s global economy, which is creating divisiveness, financial instability and environmental breakdown worldwide. But it also shows how people around the world are already engaged in exploring alternative visions of prosperity: uniting around a common cause to build more ecological, more human-scale, more local economies. The film features a chorus of voices from six continents, including Vandana Shiva, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche, and Clive Hamilton.

Join us for a special, free screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness’ followed by an opportunity for discussion with producer and director, Helena Norberg-Hodge.

Please RSVP:

Tuesday 3 May 2011, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Basement Theatre, ‘The Spot’, Business & Economics 198 Berkeley Street (cnr Pelham St) [Building 110] The University of Melbourne, Carlton

This event is proudly cosponsored by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL).

Force of Nature: David Suzuki Film Screening

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 11th, 2011

20 February , 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Source: Victorian Climate Action Calendar

Image: dsf_canada via flickr CC

David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivers a ‘last lecture’ what he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die”. The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki’s life creating a biography of ideas forged by the major social, scientific and cultural events of the past 70 years. This Moonlight Cinema screening is a feature event of the Sustainable Living Festival.

Sunday February 20, from sundown.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Visit for booking details or visit the film website to see the trailer.

“Control Your Carbon Dioxides”: Future Shots Winning Film

Posted in Movements, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on December 16th, 2010

Eleven-year-old Cara Thomas of Deepdene has taken out the Sustainability Victoria Award for Best Film at Future Shots 2010, along with two other major awards on the night.  Cara’s film Control Your Carbon Dioxides was named the best sustainability-themed film by a young Victorian at last night’s Future Shots awards, held at ACMI Cinemas.  The Carey Baptist Grammar Junior School student won $2000 for the award and also picked up the best film in the under 12 category ($350 cash prize) and the Smart Energy Film Award, which includes an energy audit of her school.  Cara spent hours painstakingly moulding and filming her claymation tale of the green, beret-wearing EnviroMan who refuses to be devastated by people’s overuse of CO?.

Other films featured a talking can who desperately wants to be recycled, a raindrop whose mission is to be treated preciously by the school it lands in, and a moving documentary about a man whose dying wish is to be buried naturally (not cremated), encouraging a return to sustainable burial.

Twenty-six of Victoria’s best young filmmaking teams gathered at ACMI cinemas for youth environmental filmmaking’s night of nights.  Among the awards presenters were Faustina “Fuzzy” Agolley from Video Hits, Chris Judd (Visy Environmental Ambassador and Carlton Football Club captain), and the CEO of Sustainability Victoria, Anita Roper.  “All of the entrants showed great passion and knowledge of sustainability. I was very inspired by the filmmakers’ creativity in expressing their hopes about our future,” Mrs Roper said. “It was a fantastic night.”

For the second year running, Future Shots challenged Victorians under 25 to make a film of under three minutes addressing the theme of sustainability. Winners received over $10,000 in cash and prizes with films received by young animators, documentary and fiction filmmakers from across the state.

Visit the Future Shots website to watch the award-winning films.

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne

Posted in Events, Movements, Visions by Nicholas Aberle on September 8th, 2010

16 September , 2010to19 September , 2010

From the 16th to 19th September 2010, Melbourne will see the launch of its only dedicated environmental film festival.

This smorgasbord of feature length documentaries on cutting-edge environmental issues will entertain, inspire and frighten even the most hardened environmental cynic. Covering topics from the social unrest in Nigeria caused by Big Oil, to the consequences of our society’s obsession with The Plastic Bag, to the philosophy and dinner plates of Californian dumpster divers, there is something to whet everyone’s appetite. Many of the films will be having their Australian premieres at the festival, and have won numerous awards at international film festivals.

The team responsible for putting together the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne (EFFM) hopes that people who share their concerns about environmental issues will help make this event a fixture in Melbourne’s cultural calendar. “Everyone knows about things like climate change and protecting old-growth forests,” says Festival Director Nicholas Aberle, “but this festival will also draw attention to other really important issues and details that don’t get much air time, like ocean acidification and the mysterious disappearance of bees around the world.”

Each night of the Festival there will be an expert discussion panel to explore issues raised by the films, providing a local perspective on these global problems. In future years, the organisers plan to provide a forum for young Australian film-makers to showcase work on local environmental issues.

The festival will be held at the Kino Cinemas in Collins St. For more info, check out:


The End of the Line: Film Screening

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 6th, 2010

Ethical Consumer’s upcoming meal and movie night will be held at Wendy’s home in Blackburn. We’ll be screening The End of the Line, on Thursday 8th July.  ‘Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.’  See more at

What you can do? Come see the movie of course – but also think about the seafood you buy. Four species that are considered a ‘better buy’ by the Australian Marine Conservation Society are Whiting, Bream, Flathead and Calamari. (Four – I can remember four).

Dinner: Thursday July 8, 6.30 – 7.30pm – byo ‘food and thoughts’ to share >> movie 8pm – 10.30pm.
RSVP or 0417 114 492

Upcoming nights – 12th August – screening Michael Moore’s Capitalism – A Love Story
Read more about Meal & Movie nights.

The Man Who Planted Trees: Film Screening

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 1st, 2010

Source: Wattleflower

We warmly invite you to the screening of the film The Man Who Planted Trees by Frederic Back.  The film will commence at 2.00pm and be followed by afternoon tea.

An animated retelling of the classic story by Jean Giono. The richness and flavor of Jean Giono’s language along with the poetry and magic colours of Frederic Back all come together in this film. Frederic Back spent over 5 years doing the exquisite drawings for the animation.  It is the story of a solitary shepherd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees transforming a barren wasteland into a thriving verdant oasis.  A film of great beauty and hope, it has a strong environmental message and reveals a powerful philosophy of life.

Bookings Essential:  Contact Della on 95795285 or Ann on 95891954 or Email

The film will be shown at Classic Residences at 3 Brewer road, Brighton East. Please enter through the main entrance.

Cost is $5.00 per person.

Sunday 20th June at 1.30 pm.

Sustainable Healthcare Clinic in India: Screening

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 23rd, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Active Melbourne Film Series 2010: Independent Documentaries addressing environmental and social justice issues.

In 2008, two volunteer acupuncturists visited a remote village in Northern India. They were amazed at what they encountered, immediately inundated with patients who had never received medical treatment before due to isolation, poverty and desolation, they carried out their work in a dilapidated hut. The need for a healthcare clinic in the area was all too evident.

After seeing the benefits of the temporary clinic, these two acupuncturists created a dream and a promise to bring acupuncture and healthcare permanently to the village. From this dream came the creation of Traditional Healthcare clinics, designed on the principles of permaculture and sustainability, with educational rooms, renewable energy and water conservation.

“Come and join us for a viewing of a 20-minute short of our three part series on The Making of a Sustainable Healthcare Clinic in India.”

Thursday 25 March 2010 @ 6pm

Hayden Raysmith Room
Level 4 Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Entry by donation
Drinks and snacks available
All proceeds go to: Traditional Healthcare

A Farm for the Future: Screening & Lunch

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 16th, 2010

Source: Wattleflower

You are invited to a South Indian Style brunch and Indian Buffet at Bawarchi Restaurant 20 Station Street, Moorabbin.

This will be followed by a showing of the film A Farm for the Future:

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.

With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is.

Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future.

Bookings Essential:  Contact Della on 95795285 or Ann on 95891954 or Email

Cost is $18.00 per person.

Sunday March 28th at 12.00pm

The Age of Stupid

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 13th, 2009

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter


The Age of Stupid‘ is the new cinema documentary from the Director of ‘McLibel’ and the Producer of the Oscar-winning ‘One Day in September’.

This enormously ambitious drama-documentary-animation hybrid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, watching “archive” footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change while we had the chance?

Australian and NZ premieres August 19th.

Melbourne screening and booking information here.