WILD THINGS is a feature length documentary that follows a new generation of environmental activists that are mobilising against forces more powerful than themselves and saying, enough. Armed only with mobile phones, this growing army of eco warriors will do whatever it takes to save their futures from the ravages of climate change. From chaining themselves to coal trains, sitting high in the canopy of threatened rainforest for days on end or locking onto bulldozers, their non-violent tactics are designed to generate mass action with one finger tap. Messages go viral within seconds. It’s a far cry from the heady days of the Franklin River Blockade when street marches were the only way to be heard.
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A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
WILD THINGS is a timely film about those on the frontline fighting the war against fossil fuels, the logging of our forests and the inaction of leaders to address climate change. In addition the film explores Australia's rich history of environmental activism which has saved rivers, reefs, rainforests and sacred places across the nation. The activists are ordinary people taking extraordinary action.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
WILD THINGS will inspire a new generation of grass roots activists to see that by making a stand they can make a difference and create a sustainable future.
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 teenager Greta Thunberg has made by striking from school and speaking up about the climate emergency. She has moved entire governments to act and has kickstarted a movement of young people across the world.
The film WILD THINGS is optimistic. As well as showcasing present day climate and environment heroes we hear intimate and revelatory stories from past campaigns which will shed light on the Australian environment movement as a whole.
The film will be used to inspire a new generation of climate action leaders.
How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
1. It will inspire audiences to get active, support and join the environment movement.
2. It will reveal that Australia has a long and successful history of environmental activism that has saved many wild and sacred places.
3. It will profile ordinary people who are taking frontline action and this will change the often negative view that many people have about activists.
4. Delivering a key message: One person can make a difference.
5. Developing a Schools Toolkit (including media clips and a study guide) to help young people take action and learn about the environment movement.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
The documentary showcases the commitment of the School Strike 4 Climate, Save The Tarkine Rainforest and Frontline Action On Coal.
These organisations are concerned about global warming and are urging action to halt climate change.
Our Impact campaign 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 and Garry White Foundation have supported the development of some curriculum materials.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
Following viewing the film audiences will have a higher value for frontline action and for environmental groups.
Young people will be inspired to become climate leaders.
Parents who have children who are concerned about the environment and climate change may have more empathy for environmental activists.
Viewers may want to join their local environment group and engage in climate action and creating a more sustainable future.
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.