For a number of months I have been working on a documentary as camera operator and producer with journalist Kerry Brewster. The film deals with water, specifically the Darling River, and what can only be described as the massive over-extraction of water from ‘the jewel of the outback’. We’ve gathered some shocking scenes on video documenting this environmental (and social) disaster for the documentary, which has Screen Australia backing from the outset.
Through this project we have worked with primary producers Tolarno Station – a fourth generation sheep station on the banks of the Darling. We created a series of videos with landholder Rob McBride and his daughter Kate and hope that the videos tell the story effectively. It is one of drought, but a drought massively exacerbated by humans.
Environmental video producer
They have garnered around 100,000 views on Facebook at the time of writing so, perhaps, they are doing their job of raising awareness in Australia’s cities about over-extraction of water.
It’s enjoyable, meaningful work, but it takes its toll working in these miserable locations – partly as I have seen the Darling at full flow as a video producer in the past.
You can visit Tolarno Station’s popular Facebook page – in the meantime, I’ll keep this page posted about the documentary proper.
Pushing the Mavic Pro 2 Drone
We managed to push the Mavic Pro 2 drone on this trip – not only collecting impressive aerials of a devastated, dramatic landscape – but using it as a jib/crane may once have been used. In the second half of the second video, Rob’s idea to lie down dead at the bottom of one particularly long descent along the length of a dying river red gum tree really came off well. We thank him for being so open to work with.