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WILDNESS

Australia, 2003 (MIFF 2003, Australian Showcase)

Director: Scott Millwood

Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis were two of Australia's greatest wilderness photographers. Their work became synonymous with campaigns to protect Tasmania's natural heritage, campaigns that changed Australia's awareness of its environment forever. This insightful documentary is a wonderful legacy of their work.

From the 1950s to the 1980s, Truchanas and then Dombrovskis used photography to galvanise public opinion as the Hydro Electric Commission cut scathes through the wilderness in the name of progress. Olegas captured on film the magnificence ol Lake Pedder before it was drowned and ten years later Peter's photographs of the Franklin River spearheaded the most successful environmental campaign in the nation's history.

The two shared many things, including a bond that was like father and son. Both migrated to Tasmania from Baltic Europe, and both died doing what they loved— photographic expeditions in the wild. Their philosophy was simple and remarkably effective - if people could see the beauty of Australia's wild places then they would be moved to protect them. Wildness brings together over 300 of their photographs with archival film and stunning contemporary footage to celebrate the epic story of these two men.

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