Like many creative endeavours, environmental film-making has a long history of storytelling through the lens. Few other mediums are able to capture the imagination of the public like the moving image.
From documentaries which uncover ground-breaking ecological research, through to fictional movies that craft future scenarios of planetary destruction, environmental films can inform, educate, engage and activate individuals and communities alike. As a tool for change and creative expression, there are numerous examples of how films have been pivotal in exposing the good, the bad and the truly shocking.
Ultimately ‘environmental films’ say much about how humans interact with place, be it in urban settings, the wilderness or highly modified agricultural landscapes. They can provide highly personalised accounts like the Erin Brockovich movie dealing with water pollution, or the ‘PowerPoint on steroids’ documentary featuring Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.
Closer to home, Waste Not by the Total Environment Centre and A Plastic Ocean by Tasmanian born journalist Craig Leeson ram home the local and global impacts of our consumption and disposal choices.
There is an endless list of films dealing with the environment in all its forms. The extent to which such films have a positive impact on awareness and behaviour change depends on the specific film or movie, however in an age where videos and film are an integral part of a wider campaign using social media and political advocacy, the sum of the parts is what really achieves impact.
The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is a unique and wonderful program of films accessible to local audiences and exposes viewers to the power and potency of film and the environment.
Films that acknowledge our environment whatever the outcomes, are an important part of the mix when it comes to informing and educating the public. Film-makers working with scientists, engineers, government, business and the community, provide a distinctive approach to achieving positive change and a sustainable future.
As a Festival Friend Partner, Equilibrium is especially excited about EFFA 2018 and the films to be featured from 11 – 19 October.
Visit the EFFA website for more information about this year’s program and tickets.