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Wild Things

The power and passion of environmental activism and how the legacy of the past has shaped today’s movement.

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Impact areas

ENVIRONMENT

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Sally Ingleton

  • PRODUCER Sally Ingleton

Synopsis

DURATION: 85 MINUTES

WILD THINGS follows inspirational environmentalists who are mobilising against powerful forces and saying, enough. They are ordinary Australians – quiet, loud, solo, collective, unlikely – who are striving to change our world. Against a backdrop of unprecedented climate events, we witness how today’s eco-warriors are standing up against the
controversial Adani Coal Mine, fracking and logging; and explore connections with the past through the untold stories of previous campaigns.

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Garry White Foundation $25,000.00
Steve and Tammy Warner $30.00
The Sunrise Project $5,000.00
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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

WILD THINGS is a timely film exploring the rich history of environmental activism in Australia alongside the present day story of those on the frontline fighting the war against fossil fuels. The activists featured are people you might not expect. Their numbers are growing incrementally, but what lessons do they take from the past, and can they formulate a viable plan for the future? Critically - can they get enough people on board - including their own Government to turn the ship around?

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

While celebrating our activist history, WILD THINGS provides a platform for current activists to discuss their work and vision for the future. By telling a very human story with all the intrigue this can involve - it seeks to engage a mainstream audience with the world of environmental activism.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Our film will inspire audiences to believe that every individual has the power to make an impact and bring about change. One only has to look at the impact that the 15 year old school girl Greta Thunberg has made by striking from school and speaking up about the climate emergency we all face. She has moved entire governments to act and has spearheaded a movement of young people across the world.

The film WILD THINGS will be optimistic. As well as showcasing present day climate and environment heroes we will hear intimate and revelatory stories from past campaigns which will shed light on the Australian environment movement as a whole.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

The documentary will showcase the work School Strike 4 Climate, the Protect Country Alliance, Save The Tarkine, Grey Power, Extinction Rebellion, Farmers For Climate Action and Frontline Action for Coal.

Many of these organisations are concerned about global warming and urging action to halt climate change.

Greenpeace has offered to be the lead partner on an Impact campaign which will encompass social media, online short form content, commissioned opinion pieces and advance screenings through the environment movement to generate publicity, inspire debate and drive audiences to the cinema.

Event based screenings will be promoted through the million plus supporter base of key environment groups.

360 Degree Films will partner with Cool Australia to produce curriculum materials addressing the film’s content to stimulate debate and the search for solutions in the classroom.

The Sunrise Project has provided a small Grant to support the development of some curriculum materials.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

After viewers have seen the film I expected them to highly value individuals who stand up for the environment, both now and in the past.

Parents who have children who are concerned about the environment and climate change may have more empathy for the environmental activists.

I expect that viewers may want to get involved in their local environment group-particularly around climate action.

They will be interested to find out more about renewable energy and in particular options for renewable power within their own community. They may wish to explore how their community can join forces to set up a solar power station that will provide power to their community.

If viewers do not have time to become active themselves they may be inspired to donate to an environment group who is working to bring about change.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will track screening responses and ticket sales.
We will track all social media comments from viewers and people using the curriculum materials.
We will do a follow up survey to all schools who have accessed the film and curriculum materials to understand how the content was used and how useful it was.
We will track DVD, SVOD sales and downloads.

Our key vision is to ensure the film Is seen and accessed by audiences around Australia in capital cities, regional towns and rural areas.

We are particularly keen to see the film used by environment groups in regional areas who may want to establish their own community power networks.

Achieving the impact vision of a documentary never has a cut off point as documentaries continue to be used for a long time.

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