SCIENCE WEEK: Scinema Science Film Festival Lunch Screenings
In celebration of National Science Week, 13 - 21 August, the Northbridge Piazza Superscreen will be hosting a week-long series of lunchtime film screenings from the SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2022.
SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere. SCINEMA is a celebration of the power of the moving image to inspire the young, satisfy the curious, explain the baffling and ask the impossible.
Monday 15 August
SECRETS IN THE SCAT (Australia)
Directed by Ruth Berry
The science of animal poo! Follow wildlife biologist Scott Burnett, aka Scat Man, as he looks for the facts in the faeces of endangered species! Scat is the word biologists use for animal poo. It’s pure gold for researchers. A window into ecology without having to harm an animal – or a scientist
Tuesday 16 August
GOODBYE TO ALL CATS (USA)
Directed by Susan Bloom, Caleigh Waldman
Goodbye To All Cats is about the movement to eradicate domestic cats in New Zealand to protect endangered endemic species, including many ground-nesting birds and the short-tailed bat, which evolved without mammalian predators, and which are crucial to the unique biodiversity of New Zealand. New Zealanders are among the most passionate cat lovers in the world with one of the highest per capita cat ownerships and a strong belief in a cat’s right to roam freely. Goodbye To All Cats explores the issues and arguments surrounding this emotional battle.
Wednesday 17 August
STARS OF STONE (Australia)
Directed by Ash Emilie Latimer
This is a natural history and biology tour of a poorly-understood group of marine animals with a long history and great diversity. It includes elements of deep time, fossils, extinction events, evolutionary relationships, science exploration, and impact of scientific discovery on art, pop culture, and literature - all about crinoids.
BIRD’S EYE VIEW (USA)
Directed by Beth Osnes
Bird’s Eye View is an art-science exploration of interspecies friendship between young people and birds for a survivable future that is looking up. This film integrates their embodied movement with science, words, puppets, and music from the imaginations of our Boulder City’s youth and is filmed on Boulder’s majestic Open Space Mountain Park trails.
TURTLES ON THE HILL (USA)
Directed by Carolyn Decker
Turtles on the Hill is a love story about a population of rare turtles, the dedicated community conservation group, and the changing coastal landscapes that they share. Over one year in a suburban Rhode Island wildlife refuge, a young woman scientist joins this community to reveal how - despite the existential threats of coastal development, predation, and sea level rise - the lives of the people, the diamondback terrapins, and the estuary are inextricably intertwined.
THE SALAMANDER’S SAVIOUR
Directed by Evelyn Smalley
This debut student film follows the conservation of a critically endangered Mexican salamander and the unlikely partnership formed to save it. After the Achoque’s population began to crash in the 1980s, a captive breeding programme was established by a convent of nuns. In collaboration with conservationists from Chester Zoo, the programme’s aim is to eventually reintroduce a genetically healthy population back into the wild. This story overcomes the tension between religion and conservation, proving that everyone can play a part in the protection of the natural world.
Thursday 18 August
CRITICAL KINGDOMS - STORIES OF HOPE EPISODE 1:
AUSTRALIA - TALES OF WATER AND FIRE
Directed by Max Serio
In Critical Kingdoms, we visit fragile ecosystems around the globe to share stories of hope as scientists, governments, and selfless volunteers work tirelessly to pull species back from the brink of extinction and preserve our planet for future generations. Australia - the driest continent on earth, but still with an incredibly varied scenery - has landscapes which provide the natural habitat to a unique biodiversity. But in the last two centuries, its resources and wildlife have been exploited and threatened. With some of the highest deforestation and mammal disappearance rates in the world, along with receding reef systems, Australia’s environment is in dire need of a rescue
Friday 19 August
BAIAE, THE ATLANTIS OF ROME
Directed by Marcello Adamo
Vesuvius buried Pompeii with ash and Baiae with water. Just a few kilometres from Naples, Baiae, a city of luxury and hedonistic pleasure of the Roman Empire, is the largest submerged archaeological site on the planet. It is located inside the caldera of the Phlegrean Fields, a super-volcano currently on orange alert. A team of restorers, unique in the world, has the arduous task of restoring and preserving this wonder.
15-19 August 2022 | 12pm
Cnr Lake and James Street
Northbridge WA 6003