Collaborative effort recognised

A joint Australian, Chinese and Japanese documentary film production on the future of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef receives major local award nomination

18 June 2019 | Asian Media Centre

The first international co-production of Save the Reef Act Now has been nominated as one of the outstanding documentary films at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (MDFF).

The inspiring documentary was produced by Australia Asia Film Group, MCMSTV (Japan), Hollywood Pictures (Shanghai), and Calypso Productions (Australia), and draws attention to one of the most fragile natural wonders in the world.

The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is breath-taking, but the pressures on its future are real and immediate. Save the Reef Act Now showcases the importance the reef has on the world and the animals that live around it. The documentary also explores the impact climate change has had on the Great Barrier Reef and global threat to the coral reef ecosystems.

Climate change poses the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs globally. Scientific evidence now clearly indicates that the earth’s atmosphere and oceans are warming, and that these changes are primarily due to greenhouse gases derived from human activities.

“We tell the story of the various threats to the survival of the Great Barrier Reef, the effects of those threats, the diverse range of interests and people who are determined to beat the odds and the action they are taking to save the Reef,” says producer Mimi Chau.

There are now real concerns about the survival of coral reefs from international and Australian  experts in marine science, government, tourism, and the general population including young children who are the future.

The actions of people across the planet will define the future of the Great Barrier Reef and reefs around the world.

“We hope to inspire collaboration and collective impact on a global scale. Any action no matter how big or small from discarding single-use plastics to science and world-leading research – now  is the time to act,” Chau added.

Save the Reef Act Now is co-directed by Australian filmmaker and underwater cameraman,  Stuart Ireland, Chinese-born Yasir Yang and Australian-based Japanese documentary filmmaker Yoshuya Shimasaki.

In four of the past five years, The Melbourne Doc Fest has been rated as a Top 100 Film Festival on FilmFreeway and has consistently been ranked in the top 2% of the over 6,000 film festival in the world over the last 3 years.

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is currently rated as the Documentary Film Festival of the Year (2018) by FilmDaily and named Top Documentary Film Festival in the Southern Hemisphere on Guide Doc.

Save the Reef Act Now will have its world premiere first virtual screening in Australia at MDFF on June 30.

The streaming subscription to watch this film can be found at this link, viewers can either purchase one off film downloads or purchase a festival subscription to watch all of the films at the 2020 Festival.