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Australian wilderness

from the documentary The Franklin Wild River (PG)

Bob Brown paddles along the tranquil final stretches of the Franklin River. This is as it must have looked even before the first Europeans arrived in Tasmania.

Trees get a chance

from the documentary Give Trees a Chance: The Story of Terania Creek (PG)

Actor Jack Thompson wraps up the documentary, summarising the achievements of the Terania Creek protesters and delivering an impassioned plea to stop the destruction of rainforests.

Tasmania’s natural landscape

from the sponsored film Isle of Many Waters (G)

A view from onboard the rack railroad follows the path of the King River Gorge through canyons, waters and forested slopes. Travelling through Tasmania’s west coast by launch down the Gordon River, cinematographer Frank …

Loggers versus greenies

from the documentary Loggerheads (PG)

Loggers and greenies discuss issues as the environmentalists set up a blockade to prevent logging. Confrontation leads to accusations like 'parasites’ as the two sides confront each other at the logging site.

Paper consumption

from the documentary Paper Trail, the Life and Times of a Woodchip (G)

Over a time-lapse sequence that shows people buying stationery, wrapping paper and cards, narrator Noni Hazelhurst describes the history, uses and increased consumption of paper and paper products. As the narrator lists the ways that …

An organised destruction

from the sponsored film Timber (G)

The Creswick Forestry School ensures that scientific, theoretical and practical knowledge and experience inform forest policy, ensuring that reforestation, allocation of state forests, and protection against bushfires combat the ‘organised destruction’ of the industry.


from the documentary A Voice for the Wilderness (G)

A montage of rainforest wilderness is accompanied by an essay in voice-over extolling the value of rainforest to humankind, including that it is the place to experience nature and regeneration.

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