A punt glides over Merimbula Lake on the NSW South Coast, with passionate young oyster farmer Dom at the helm. It’s a romantic picture of tranquil beauty and a life close to nature. But Dom and fellow locals swear the water’s getting warmer and the storms more severe. The Sydney rock oyster takes three years to mature and is highly vulnerable to pollution, diseases and changes in water temperature and salinity. Oyster follows Dom and his wife Pip at home, their work shed, and on the water, to see what it’s like to raise two energetic young boys, while you’re working long hours to keep a few million oysters alive.
Kim Beamish won awards for his 2015 film, The Tentmakers of Cairo. He is an educator and tutor in cinematography and editing at the University of Canberra.
Festival guest: Pat Fiske and Kim Beamish
This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary: