In a corner of country Victoria exists a link to an ancient culture, quite unlike anywhere else in Australia. A place of astounding heritage, and natural beauty of rare archaeological and environmental significance. But it is being degraded on an annual basis. As the clock ticks, an unlikely partnership could see it saved for future generations, while providing a warts-and-all example of reconciliation between white and black Australians.

Bill Code Media is producing this documentary film which has support from the Yung Balug clan, Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council, Eucalypts Australia, Documentary Australia Foundation, Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation and more.

For more information, head to The Lake of Scars website.


The Lake of Scars is as much a portrait of a hidden facet of Australian history and environment as it is a musing on what reconciliation can look like in Australia. While exploring the beautiful, mysterious scarred trees, middens and stone scatters left at the remarkable Lake Boort in Victoria, we meet the people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who are working against the clock, and against the odds, to preserve what they can of the site. With organic relics at its heart – hundred-year-old scarred and dying trees – the film is supported by astounding nineteenth century photography and the story of a unique early relationship between Aboriginal people and white settlers in the area. Working closely with the local community and the Yung Balug who call the lake home, with the backdrop of Treaty negotiations and repatriation ceremonies, the film is a musing on the passing of time while asking how, and why, Australians might want to protect and preserve significant sites.





Director/Producer: Bill Code

Bill has been working on the Lake of Scars in one form or another since first visiting Lake Boort as a video journalist for SBS in 2013. His first longer documentary Inside Out, a story of Indigenous incarceration in outback NSW, continues to air on NITV and The Guardian after gaining a number of award nominations. He is a producer/shooter at Al Jazeera English in Sydney, a former head of video at Guardian Australia, the ongoing producer of award-winning short films for the BBC, and an accomplished camera operator. 


Co-Producer: Christian Pazzaglia

Christian is an experienced producer, creative director and programme curator from Italy via The Netherlands. In 2016 he co-produced Daisuke Miyazaki’s film ‘Yamato (California)’ 


Story Producer: Belinda Lopez

Belinda Lopez  is an award-winning audio documentary-maker and the producer of the ABC’s acclaimed ‘This is About’ Podcast. She also worked on story development for Bill Code’s 2015 Inside Out documentary.


Consultant: Andrew Pike (Message From Mungo, Angels of War)

Andrew is a multi-award winning director and producer, film distributor and historian. He is also the co-founder of Ronin Films.