A salt-of-the-earth farmer, a German potter, a young Indigenous multimedia artist and an experienced citizen scientist rise up to protect their communities against a proposed coal seam gas-field in the Pilliga forest; a million acres of iconic Australian bush. An oil and gas corporation plan to drill 850 wells through the Great Artesian Basin – one of the largest underground freshwater reservoirs in the world – which flows beneath the Pilliga. Now, the people who live in this rural region are united to protect the land and water against this threat and determined to win their freedom.
Mark is an award winning filmmaker from Australia, creating social impact films around themes of nature and humanity. He produces journalistic projects at his production company, Balangara Films in Maleny, Queensland. Balangara has produced a slate of films that have won international acclaim, including ‘Nature Needs You’, ‘A Gentle Giant’ ‘Looking After Our Food’, ‘Looking After Our Country’, ‘Looking After Our Environment’, ‘Looking After Our Past, Present and Future’, ‘Our Greatest Blessing’ and ‘Pilliga Rising’.
His advocacy films have opened festivals in Melbourne, Frankfurt and Sarajevo and featured in articles for the Wall Street Journal International, Medium, The Australian, Independent Australia, ABC Australia, The Guardian, HuffPost, Jakarta Post, and Australian National Geographic to name a few.
Importantly, his stories have changed the outcome of many lives, successfully lobbying governments to protect the animals, the people, and the places we love