Film’s one for the birds

Funds raised by the majestic albatross’s film goes to helping local humble pelicans, like this poor bird who was helped by WA Seabird Rescue.

A FILM about a majestic albatross colony under threat from plastic in the Pacific Ocean will raise funds to help local birds.

The documentary Albatross was filmed on a tiny atoll in the north Pacific Ocean, an area swamped by plastic pollution. During the filmmakers’ first trip in 2009 they found thousands of young albatrosses lying dead with stomachs filled with plastic. 

Over many visits and years of filming, the crew witnessed the albatross colony’s cycle of birth, life and death. Director, writer and editor Chris Jordan decided he couldn’t distribute the film as a material commercial product, fearing it would add tacit endorsement to what he called “the same destructive machine of mass consumption that had filled our beloved birds with plastic in the first place”.

Instead, it was offered as a free public artwork for people to host free screenings via the web. 

An upcoming screening is now being hosted by the multi-faith group Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. 

Supported by the Uniting Church, Doctors for the Environment, and the Perth (Boorloo) Climate Action Team, they’re calling on attendees to donate to WA Seabird Rescue, a group of volunteers who helps birds afflicted by pollution, illness, and the ever present threat of discarded fishing tackle.

There’s live tunes by Danny Gunzburg from 5.30pm and the film starts at 6.30pm, RSVP via bit. ly/3iVjWmf (or search “Albatross” on eventbrite.com.au).

by DAVID BELL

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