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New Australian documentary Wild Things will launch into 2021 with a premiere Q&A screening at the Capricorn Film Festival in Queensland followed by a national cinema release on February 4.
Wild Things 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 or locking onto bulldozers; their non-violent tactics are designed to generate mass action with one finger tap.
Against a backdrop of drought, fire and floods, we witness how today’s environmentalists are making a difference and explore connections with the past through the untold stories of previous campaigns. Surprisingly the methods of old still have currency when a groundswell of school kids inspired by the actions of 16-year old Swedish student Greta Thunberg say, ‘change is coming’ and call a national strike demanding action against global warming.
The unique Capricorn Film Festival screening will be held in the region’s natural wonder, the Capricorn Caves, and will include a Q&A with Wild Things director Sally Ingleton.
The special event will include Butterfly in a Cave – a fifteen minute emotive musical and lighting performance by regional emerging contemporary vocalist and composer, Chelsea Stutchbury. Chelsea is influenced by dark and cinematic soundtracks of her favourite films and TV shows, her ethereal style and haunting vocals spell stories stemmed from her memories and thoughts, romanticised into heartfelt tracks.
“I attended the 2017 Capricorn Film Festival where my sister won an award for her environmental short film, and was impressed with the quality of the event, and the support and recognition it gives to creatives,” said Stutchbury.
“I love reverberant spaces and experimenting with how my vocals can sound within them, so the acoustics of inside the Caves is something I am very much looking forward to performing in. It is also personally significant as my Great Grandfather was the Federal Member for Capricornia so it is sort of special I’ll be singing in his old home ground. He lived on the hill at Yeppoon in the 1940’s when the 42nd battalion were there training before they went to New Guinea, and my mum was Miss Capricornia for the Miss Australia awards. There is nice family history in the Capricornia region for us,” Chelsea Stutchbury.
The Butterfly is due for release on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and all other streaming platforms from 11th January 2021.
You can find a full list of cinemas screening Wild Things below. The Capricorn Film Festival runs January 13 – 17. Tickets and details here.
January 28, 2021
Advance Special Q&A Screening
The Theatre Royal
From February 4, 2021
Cinema Nova, Carlton
Classic Cameo, Belgrave
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Dendy Cinema, Newtown
Ritz Cinema, Randwick
Star Court Lismore
New Farm Cinema