Documentary Australia

Cry of the Forests


“Cry of the Forests  shows how plainly illogical it is to allow the deforestation of native trees … As the climate crisis materialises closer to the forefront of social consciousness, the destruction of ancient carbon sinks could not come at any worse a time.” – Pelican Magazine

Can we save our forests in time for them to save us?

Director and Producer: Jane Hammond
Narrator: Kelton Pell


Western Australia’s unique south west forests have stood for millennia and are a key part of one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, yet we are cutting them down at a rate of nearly ten football fields every single day. More than 80 per cent of the trees felled will be turned into woodchips, charcoal or paper and burnt within two years of being cut down. An initially successful battle to save WA’s native forests in the 1990s led to a public perception that these forests had been protected but, in the intervening decades, the hard-won gains have slowly been eroded away.

Forests play a crucial role in the water cycle, but the streams that once bubbled through these unique ecological communities in Western Australia are drying up and the critical habitat they provide for endangered species is shrinking.

Cry of the Forests takes viewers into these majestic forests to meet the activists armed with go-pros and dressed in camouflage gear, risking their lives to bear witness to the logging. We meet traditional custodians, tourist operators and farmers on the frontline of the battle to protect these forests.

Released in 2020, the film and social impact campaign were instrumental in bringing an end to all native forest logging in Western Australia by 2024.

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About the Environmental Accelerator

We are committed to creating collective action on the world’s environmental crisis through documentary storytelling.

Documentary Australia’s innovative Environmental Accelerator program will amplify the impact of up to 10 new films over the next three years to increase awareness and action on a range of pressing environmental issues.

Through the Environmental Accelerator, Documentary Australia is connecting documentaries and impact partners in the environmental space, providing opportunities for films to be seen by audiences and used by existing campaigns to amplify and grow the movement.

We are curating a series of events, leveraging the films to increase the visibility of a suite of environmental issues, showcasing the value of documentary in supporting social impact, starting conversations around pressing environmental issues and engaging audiences to take action to support improved environmental outcomes.