100 people turned up to the screening of two fascinating and unique wildlife documentaries that the Institute screened at the Fairmont Resort in Leura on 13 June 2015.
A year in the making, “Battle of the Bush”, by multi-award winning filmmaker Daniel Hunter, explores the role of top order predators in the forests of the Blue Mountains region.
Daniel’s research is carried out at the University of New South Wales Centre for Ecosystem Science and is partly sponsored by the Institute.
“My research is echoing findings from similar studies that suggests the dingo performs a vital function in Australia’s ecosystems as a top order predator and yet it’s widely considered as an enemy of the farmer.”
“Where Do Eagles Dare?” follows Simon Cherriman, a young West-Australian ornithologist, as he embarks on a quest to fulfill a boyhood dream to satellite track Wedge-tailed Eagles in the remote wilderness.
The importance of science communication
These films are testimony to the crucial role of film as a vehicle for raising awareness of – and empathy for – nature and wildlife. Both Daniel and Simon combine their skill in film-making with their wildlife projects.
“Interpreting science is crucially important. As scientists we often fail to effectively communicate our messages about the environmental crisis. The places where wildlife can roam free on this planet are getting smaller and smaller. Effective communication that engages people’s hearts as well as their minds is urgently needed”. Rosalie Chapple
View the trailer for Battle for the Bush: