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Update on Pilliga film


Recently, through the help of hundreds of Australians, The Wilderness Society raised funds to create a 20 minute doco about the iconic Pilliga forest and the wonderful characters standing up for its protection.

Work is well underway and we’re aiming to complete the film by late-July and to roll it out in August. We’ll be seeking support to host campaign screening events with an inspiring panel of campaign speakers. Stay tuned for further updates and to find out how you can get involved.

Man behind camera films a woman making pottery.Image: One of the film’s characters, Maria, painting the iconic blue wren at her business, Pilliga Pottery | Mark Pearce.


I produced two successful short films about the Pilliga for The Wilderness Society in 2013, and I know from my own personal discovery as a storyteller that the intimacy of a person’s life and their journey can make the experience visceral for the viewer. It’s this experience which can activate our consciousness and change the way we think and feel. The coal seam gas issues concerning the Pilliga region are dear to my heart because it’s the people who live here and their way of life which reminds me of who we really are and what makes outback Australia unique. I feel very honored to be working with team The Wilderness Society and love the fact that we are again sharing stories about fellow Australians who care for nature. I thank everyone for their support on this project. Mark Pearce, Prod/Dir – Balangara Films


Woman walking along forest path.Image: Maria walking in the Pilliga forest. | Mark Pearce

The timing is critical. Just last week, Santos released its formal Response to Submissions and a decision is likely before the end of the year. If you live in New South Wales and haven’t already, please take a moment to tell your local MP you’re concerned and want to see the Pilliga gasfield plans rejected