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Directed by Eva Orner
86 minutes
All Ages
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Focusing in on the 2019-20 bushfires, Oscar-winning filmmaker Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side, SFF 2008) interrogates Australia’s woeful record on climate change action.
During Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ millions of hectares of bush and farmland burned, along with homes, livelihoods and an immeasurable number of creatures. Astonishing images of sky-high flames and pyro-convective storms sent shockwaves around the globe. Tragically, many experts – from scientists to firefighters and youth activists – saw it coming, but few with the power to act would listen. As the world’s largest exporter of coal and gas, Australia could play a leading role in forging a fossil fuel-free world. But, as Orner’s urgent film (produced by Propagate, Dirty Films and Amazon Studios) so forcefully demonstrates, our politicians are reluctant to make a change, and all too frequently, with the support of the conservative media, deny or downplay the impact of climate change.

Winner of the 2021 Sustainable Future Award.

Burning is produced by Propagate and Amazon Studios and executive produced by Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films. The documentary is produced by Eva Orner and Jonathan Schaerf, with Executive Producers Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Eva Orner also directs.
This film is not just simply a documentation of what and why Australia’s Black Summer happened, it’s a call to action.
Rachel Ho, POV Magazine
Orner’s doc isn’t entirely devoid of hope, positing how humanity can inch away from the fast-approaching tipping point, but only if those in positions of power will listen and act accordingly.
Shaun Munro, Flickering Myth


Sat 6 Nov
State Theatre
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Mon 8 Nov
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne 5
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Program Strand
Special Presentations, International Documentaries
All Ages
In English
Eva Orner
Eva Orner and Jonathan Schaerf
Greg Harrington
Forrest Borie, Dave Shulman, Kimberley Hassett
Documentary, Animals & Creatures, Australian Films, Environmental, Women Directors
Company Credits
Propagate (Producer), Ben Silverman (Executive Producer) and Howard T. Owens (Executive Producer), Dirty Films and Amazon Studios
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