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WILD FILM FESTIVAL
This festival is running to celebrate Wild Magazine's 40th Anniversary and will feature a selection of 8 local short films that are inspired by Wild’s core themes of Adventure - Conservation - Wilderness.
Founded in 1981, Wild is one of Australia’s longest continuously running magazines. It is a rare example of longevity in the publishing world, where—thanks to a substantially altered media landscape, economic downturns, and a global pandemic—many publications have over the decades disappeared or have been sold to foreign interests.
Wild, however, has stood the test of time, and remains Australian-owned.
Wild’s endurance is a result of it being no ordinary magazine. Since its establishment, Wild has been the inspiring and ethical voice of the Australian outdoors. It is a magazine of self-reliance and challenge and sometimes doing it tough. And over its four decades of existence, Wild has actively and fiercely fought for the environment. Campaigning to protect our wild places is part of the magazine’s DNA.
In The Footsteps of John Stuart (39 Mins)
Directed by Nathan McNeil
On January 5 1956, a man named John Stuart died in remote Southwest Tasmania. He was there on a climbing and exploration expedition into the region, and although it was summer, conditions were freezing. Shortly after summiting Federation Peak, catastrophe struck. Having spent the preceding three days walking through snow, and after suffering a fall and subsequent concussion, John’s condition deteriorated rapidly. Despite their best efforts, his expedition partners were unable to bring his body temperature back to a reasonable level. John perished on Scoparia Saddle, which was subsequently renamed Stuart Saddle in his memory.
Very few people knew of the tragedy and its details. But John Stuart was also the great uncle of local southeast Queensland rock climber Rob Saunders, and more than 60 years after John’s death, Rob took it upon himself to research the history of his deceased relative. He decided to embark on a journey to find John’s grave (of which there is no recorded location) and to pay his respects on behalf of four generations of his family. And Rob was determined this should not be a piece of Australian climbing and bushwalking history lost over time.
Living On The Line (12 Mins)
Directed by Sarah Ehrlich
Living on the Line follows the journey of Anna, Kat, and a group of inspiring women as they take part in one of Australia’s first big ‘all women’ Highline gatherings. We witness their struggles as they confront and conquer their fears in high winds, and as they push themselves to their limits. The film is an insight into the unique world of highlining exploring the close Sydney community; the physical and psychological components and misconceptions of the sport; and how the world of outdoor adventure sport has been transformed for women over the years. It also delves into the deeper and more personal motivations for chasing this adventurous ‘life on the line’.
Ironstone (15 Mins)
Directed by Sam Thompson
In 2009, local caver Tony Salmon discovered a previously unexplored cave entrance deep in the wilderness of New Zealand’s South Island. Tony entered the cave alone and explored 750 metres before deciding it was too dangerous to continue solo. Ironstone follows the seven-year journey of a group of cavers attempting the first successful through-trip, as they search for an elusive entrance to a cave deep underground.
Wild Magazine History (15 Mins)
Directed by Wendy Law and Nell Gow
Over the past four decades, Wild Magazine has inspired adventurers, been involved with various environmental campaigns, and supported pioneers on epic expeditions. This film tells the tale of Wild itself, from its beginnings to its role today in a vastly different publishing landscape. Editors past and present, along with prominent environmentalists and adventurers and others involved with the magazine, reflect on Wild’s legacy and celebrate its 40th birthday. * Note completion of this film is subject to COVID restrictions lifting.
Western Faces (20 Mins)
A film by Lachlan Humphreys, Clean Line Productions and Rob Norman, Knack Studios.
Australian mountaineer and Wild columnist, Tim Macartney-Snape, freeskier Anna Segal and Freeride World Tour rookie Michaela Davis-Meehan, are set to explore some of the steepest faces in their backyard. With New Zealand freeskiers Fraser McDougall and Hank Bilous along for the ride, they’re slogging deep into the backcountry to find freeride terrain that will have their Kiwi counterparts do a double-take. This film missed out on a full cinema release with COVID-19: come and see it where it belongs on the big screen!
Blue Mountains (4 Mins)
A short piece celebrating the Blue Mountains wilderness.
Dark Water Segment (5 Mins)
An exclusive teaser from the upcoming 2022 feature film about the history of the Franklin River conservation battle - an issue core to the history of Wild Magazine.
Produced by Chris Kamen and Oliver Cassidy, Directed by Kasimir Burgess.
Mountain Biking In Alice Springs (4 Mins)
Wild Editor James McCormack follows local mountain biker, Dave Atkins, as he explores the mountain biking trails around Alice Springs, in Australia's Northern Territory.