The Koalas

2:00PM SUNDAY 18 JUNE | Australian Premiere

Followed by Filmmaker Q&A with Georgia Wallace-Crabbe, Gregory Miller and Jess Robertson

In 2022 the Australian government listed the koala as endangered. After 25 million years’ survival, how can this much-loved, iconic marsupial be at risk of extinction in the wild? Filmed on Australia’s east coast and in Ballarat, with expert commentary throughout, The Koalas investigates the impact of habitat loss and other mounting threats that necessitate urgent action.

We meet seven charismatic koalas along the way, together with a cluster of passionate, compelling scientists, wildlife carers, activists and ecologists who are united in their dedicated fight for the future of the species. 

PRESENTED BY 

TBC

CREDITS

Directors
Georgia Wallace-Crabbe & Gregory Miller

Producer
Gregory Miller & Georgia Wallace-Crabbe

Duration
90 mins

Through their production company Film Projects, Gregory and Georgia, make documentaries for Australian and international audiences, many with environmentally themes.

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Co-Director/ Co-Producer
Georgia Wallace-Crabbe

Georgia directed the 2009 documentary New Beijing-Reinventing a City-about the rapid redevelopment of Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, that screened at festivals worldwide, and the 5-channel immersive video -The Earth and the Elements (2016)-produced for a Doctorate of Creative Arts at Wollongong Uni. She also produced the award-winning hybrid doco, Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life (2005) by Janet Merewether.

Co-Director/ Co-Producer
Gregory Miller

Gregory has produced and directed many documentaries and series including: Cultivating Murder (2018)- about the 2014 murder of environment officer Glen Turner and the wind-back of NSW environment protection laws; a 2-part docu-drama series Breaker Morant: The Retrial (2013);  The Tipping Points (2012); Cool School Antarctica (2010)- and  SBS ob doc series Angels in New York (2008). In 2003 he did  an Irish coproduction- Besieged-The Ned Kelly Story. 

Wildlife Advocate Jess Robertson

A dedicated wildlife rescuer and carer from Ballarat, Jess has tirelessly championed the cause of protecting local koalas from further decline. With over 20 years of experience in animal advocacy, she emerged as a leading force in the Save Gordon Koalas campaign. In partnership with Gordon Wildlife Alliance, Jess cultivated a widespread network of advocates across the state, spearheading efforts to safeguard a vulnerable koala population in Gordon, Victoria. Her unwavering commitment and leadership have not only raised significant public awareness about the plight of Ballarat koalas but has also positioned her as a strong voice for their protection and conservation.

The Festival at a glance

Friday 14 June

Theatre Royal

5:00pm
Music from Brazazul
a beautiful moment
Ag Fab: From Paddock to Catwalk

7:30pm
Acknowledgement of Country

8:00pm
WINHANGANHA and Q&A

9:30pm
Drinks at Love Shack

Saturday 15 June

Theatre Royal

11:00am
Obsessed with Light

2:00pm
Starring Jerry as Himself

5:00pm
LOCALS

8:00pm
Getting it Back: The Story of Cymande

9:30pm
Party with The Afrobiotics at Theatre Royal

Sunday 16 June

Theatre Royal

11:00am
The Gullspång Miracle

2:00pm
The Koalas and Q&A

5:00pm
Apolonia, Apolonia

8:00pm
The Road to Patagonia

9:30pm
Drinks at Love Shack

FILMS & GAMES IN THE YURT

On the Western Reserve

SATURDAY 15 June

11:30am
Kids on the Silk Road: Girl away from home {film} and The Monkey King {film}

1:00pm 
Werewolves {game}

4:00pm 
a beautiful moment {film}

7:00pm 
Werewolves {game}

 

 

SUNDAY 16 June

11:30am
Kids on the Silk Road: Bird Boy {film} and Girl with goals {film}

1:00pm 
Werewolves {game}

4:00pm
Ag Fab: From Paddock to Catwalk {film}

5:00pm 
Werewolves {game}

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